Solihull Moors completed their third pre-season friendly in four days with a comfortable 2-0 win against Barwell thanks to goals from defender Ryan Walker and Omar Bogle. Manager Marcus Bignot, sent out a much changed side and the teams looked very evenly matched for the first 15 minutes with both sides creating half chances. Moors winger Matt Birley, who scored his first for the club against Redditch two days before, looked lively taking on the full-back at every opportunity and sent inviting crosses into the Barwell area. He nearly opened the scoring when he saw his volley saved after good work by Joel Grandison down the right side. After 20 minutes, Moors’ pressure eventually paid off, after Grandison pulled the defender away, right back Walker capitalised on the space available and unleashed a shot from 20 yards which found the bottom corner.
Barwell lacked that creative spark for the majority of the game and looked as though their best chance would come from a set piece however Danny Spencer headed wide after a succession of corners. Just as the game was set to finish with a solitary goal, Grandison was bundled over in the box and was awarded a penalty with 5 minutes to go. Bogle made no mistake, coolly slotting his penalty into the corner. Solihull should have added a third in stoppage time when Alex Cooper was released on goal but he narrowly put his shot wide.
Solihull Moors Starting XI: Sheridan Martinez, Ryan Walker, Sampson Joseph, Jay Denny, Luke Connolly, Stuart Pierpoint, Joel Grandison, Ryan Beswick, Omar Bogle, Junior English, Trey Braithwaite.
Substitutes Used: Jo Ballinger (HT for Walker), Stuart Parsons (HT for Martinez), Lewis Hayden (HT for English), Alex Cooper (85mins for Bogle)
The Football Conference takes great pleasure in announcing its new Title Sponsor for the next three seasons - global online payment company Skrill. The newly named leagues will now be known as The Skrill Premier, The Skrill North and The Skrill South.
Headquartered in London, and with a customer base worldwide in excess of 35million, Skrill leads the way in global online payments. Individuals and businesses can pay and get paid globally with Skrill. Customers can also send and receive money worldwide in 200 countries and 40 currencies, securely and at low cost, without revealing their personal financial details. Skrill is an online payment company but does not offer credit or loans.
Brian Lee, Chairman of the Football Conference commented on the signing of contracts “With the new season fast approaching, we are pleased to welcome Skrill. Patience has been the key element throughout negotiations by those members of the Board tasked with finding a new Title Sponsor. Everyone at the Football Conference has been confident one would be secured. Throughout the whole process, the most important factor was to make the right decision, not only to safeguard all that is good about our competition but the chosen sponsor possesses the qualities we seek after a long line of previous trusted partners. We were mindful we needed a company displaying an image and work ethos which suits the modern game, our clubs and their sponsors, whilst not forgetting our ever growing number of supporters. We sincerely believe we have found such a company in Skrill. May I personally welcome them on behalf of our membership”
On behalf of Skrill, Siegfried Heimgaertner, President and CEO Skrill Group was enthusiastic to be joining such a well known brand in the English game. He said: “At Skrill we believe in bringing access and opportunities to our customers. Whether it’s paying businesses or transferring funds to family and friends our service is quick and great value for money – the two things that we think embody the Football Conference. “By teaming up with the Football Conference we want to bring non-league football to more fans and enable them to support and access their local team in new and exciting ways. In our view the Football Conference is the most dramatic league in the UK and we are proud to be its title sponsor for the next three seasons.”
Brian Lee concluded by stating; ”Skrill is a worldwide brand. I am sure they will during their time as Title Sponsor become well known throughout the game, let alone the Football Conference. Skrill join us at a very exciting time, with a host of other new sponsors, corporate and affiliate; and we are positive Skrill will attract other brand names who wish to be part of our ever growing football family. I am excited for our member clubs that we are able to deliver what we as a Board promised. Now I ask our clubs in turn to embrace Skrill and work with them”
Just a day after the game against Blues, the Moors were back in action at neighbours Redditch. It was much the same team that finished the previous night who took to the pitch initially against a robust Redditch side that included ex-Solihull players Alex Price and Harvey Headley. On 10 minutes Gary Birch left the field courtesy of an unnecessary injury inflicted by Ricci Bains, giving yet another youth team player Alex Cooper a chance to shine. Moors dominated play in the first half with shots from Jordan Gough and Joel Grandison both just wide of the upright. Aron Wint had a good chance with 10 minutes of the half remaining but the shot was deflected. Then in added time Alex Cooper’s cross found Gough on the edge of the 18 yard box and he drilled an unstoppable strike into the right hand corner of the goal to send Moors in at the interval one up.
The second half saw the reds showing less respect for their visitors as they took the initiative to Moors, with the impressive Jermaine Hylton causing problems on the right flank and Solihull were fortunate not to concede an equaliser when with Sheridan Martinez beaten in the Moors goal, Leavi Oshunbure slewed his shot wide. The Moors goalkeeper was soon back in the thick of the action producing two fine saves to keep his team in front.
On 60 minutes Marcus Bignot brought on nine substitutions as the game began to ebb and flow but Darryl Knights was starting to open up the Redditch defence with some excellent moves down the left side providing Omar Bogle and Rob Elvins with goal scoring opportunities. With 10 minutes remaining a Knights cross found Matt Birley on the edge of the box and the ex-Worcester man coolly hit his first goal for the club into the right hand corner of the net to seal victory.
Wednesday's friendly against Birmingham City saw Solihull Moors unveil their new Home Kit. Solihull have partnered up with MG Sportswear to produce a unique, bespoke, Home and Away Kit to be worn by all the clubs senior, youth and junior teams.
MG Sportswear has been manufacturing and supplying Football Kits and shirts for over 25 years. Located in Kidderminster, they produce all their clothing from scratch on-site, and provide kit and leisurewear to a number of local teams including Kidderminster Harriers.
Solihull Moors would like to thank Gino Ruffinato and his team at MG Sportswear for their assistance over the past few months in bringing these new kits from the drawing board to the finished product.
Solihull Moors were undone by a sterling Reece Brown performance at their newly re-named Autotech stadium on Wednesday night in front of a record crowd for a pre season match of near 1000. The nimble midfielder scored two and created the other as the Moors battled bravely against a side which featured ex Danish international Peter Lovenkrands. It was a tightly contested opening to the game in which the Moors made it exceptionally difficult for Blues applying high pressure every time they had the ball. Omar Bogle, an ex-Blues youth player, was once again a real handful and could have opened the scoring after two minutes. A poor back pass by Angus McDonald forced the coming together of striker and goal keeper, Callum Preston, with the ball ricocheting clear.
Unveiling their new yellow and blue hooped home strip, a feeling loomed that Moors needed a goal while they were on top, however they couldn’t capitalise on a succession of corners. Perhaps against the run of play, Blues edged ahead after 38 minutes. A forcing run and pass by Amari Bell fed Lovenkrands whose chip over Jasbir Singh was falling wide of the post. Bell showed great awareness to keep it in and laid it back to Brown to slot in. The goal allowed Blues to settle and began the second half as they finished the first. They could have doubled their advantage after 55 minutes as Singh made a point blank save to deny Ahmed Obeng from a corner.
Manager Marcus Bignot, changed his entire outfield eleven with 30 minutes remaining. Moments later, Blues found themselves further ahead. A quickly taken free-kick over the top from Brown found substitute Reece Hales who delicately lobbed the ball over the on-rushing Sheridan Martinez.
Two minutes later and it was three. Brown, once again, picked up the ball 18 yards from goal and drilled a shot into the bottom corner. Moors striker Michael Taylor constantly applied his strength and persistence and was nearly rewarded when Gary Birch fed him the ball only for his tame effort to be clutched by the keeper.
Just as it looked as though the Moors would fail to find the net, left-back Trey Brathwaite curled in a spectacular free-kick from all of 30 yards. In front of a significant crowd, the goal enlivened the spirits of the crowd who attempted to encourage the Moors to grab another and set up a finale finish. However it wasn’t to be as Birch headed wide from a Brathwaite free kick. It was a promising overall performance for the home side who matched a strong Blues side for the majority of the game.
Solihull Moors starting XI: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Rob Elvins(c), Sturat Pierpoint, Darryl Knights, Ryan Beswick, Omar Bogle, Matt Birley, Peter Till.
Substitutes Used (all 60 mins): Sheridan Martinez, Luke Connolly, Jay Denny, Tom Kemp(c), Jo Ballinger, Joel Grandison, Lewis Hayden, Michael Taylor, Gary Birch, Aron Wint, Trey Brathwaite.
Many thanks to Dave Jackson for some of the images below.
Solihull Moors are pleased to announce that Autotech Controls have agreed a three-year sponsorship deal with the club, which includes the naming rights to the ground, which will now be known as The Autotech Stadium. The Moors are delighted to have such a forward-thinking company as our partner. Autotech design, install, maintain and upgrade electronic control systems, especially in the automotive manufacturing, logistics and baggage handling sectors.
A spokesman for Autotech said: “During the early conversations it was apparent that we shared similar views on growth and development. The recent work being carried out by the club within the community illustrates the vision of Solihull Moors as a future leader. The ATG group has a similar philosophy in the work place as demonstrated by the introduction of a second wave of Academy apprentices, following a successful launch year. The Academy is just one example of our proactive approach to sustaining our high position as a controls systems integrator. We would like to take this opportunity to wish the club all the best for this season and look forward to exciting times ahead.”
Grassroots football in Solihull has been given a helping hand following a £5,000 Grow the Game grant from the Football Foundation, the country’s largest sports charity. The grant will allow Solihull Moors Youth and Junior Football Club to create an additional 6 new teams over the next 3 years including Under 9’s, Under 11’s, Under 12’s and an Under 21’s team along with providing the financial resources to fund the development of those coaches working with each of these teams.
Grow the Game funding increases participation in our national game by helping clubs to provide opportunities for new players, or training volunteers to support new players and teams. The programme is delivered in partnership with all of the 46 County FAs and funded by The FA. So far Grow the Game has awarded 874 separate grants worth around £4.2m to grassroots football clubs. Analysis of the monitoring and evaluation so far predicts that this will result in the creation of 3,791 brand new football teams competing in FA-affiliated leagues, 72,872 new players participating each week and 10,959 new qualifications or courses being completed.
The key strength of Grow the Game is that its participation increases are sustainable rather than transient. Its grants create a solid infrastructure of teams and newly-trained coaches in which new people can start playing the sport, rather than simply providing temporary activity sessions, which are then vulnerable to drops in participation once the programme ends.
Tim Delaney, Head of Youth Development at the club, said: “The award of this grant is fantastic news and recognition by the Football Foundation of the excellent work we are doing to ‘Grow The Game’ and to actively encourage the development of young players in Solihull by funding the creation of extra teams, and also the development of those coaches working with those teams.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation said: “Grow the Game has become one of the Foundation’s most popular schemes. This additional funding provided by The FA is excellent news for grassroots clubs seeking to start new teams and get their volunteer coaches qualified with FA coaching badges. This most recent funding window has seen £2.1m invested into 420 clubs right across the country. Congratulations to Solihull Moors Youth and Junior Football Club for working with the Birmingham Football Association to secure their £5,000 Grow the Game grant which will increase participation in the region, as well as support football development in the area.”
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