Since Guiseley’s elevation to The Conference North three years ago, they have been in the play offs every season, coming second in the league twice. In that time Moors have lost five and won just the solitary match at home last year. All of the history, however, was about to be turned on it’s head as the Moors journeyed northwards to open their account in the first match of the season.
The game was just two minutes old when a Ryan Beswick free kick was scrambled clear, but on four minutes new signing Jordan Gough collected the ball just inside the Guiseley half, dribbled passed three defenders and unleashed an unstoppable shot across the goalmouth into the left hand corner – an early goal of the season contender! Minutes later Darryl Knights volleyed just wide and with Peter Till and Omar Bogle on fire the warning signs were all too obvious. Beswick went close on 14 minutes and Bogle’s cross caused Potts to hit it against the upright.
On the stroke of half time Bogle closed down keeper Drench as he tried in vain to collect a back pass, but the Moors striker dispossessed him and rolled the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle to send Solihull in at half time two goals to the good.
From the restart Moors continued to dominate play. Inside 6 minutes Beswick’s generous pass in the box saw Bogle inches wide, but the big man was not to be denied on 54 minutes when he was brought down in the box by Jameel Ibie and coolly sent the keeper the wrong way with the subsequent penalty.
Jas Singh must have had one of his quietest afternoons ever with just two crosses and one shot to defend throughout the ninety minutes. Solihull are next in action on Tuesday at home when they take on Oxford City in a 7.45pm kickoff.
Many thanks to Andrew Withey of One Match Image for some of the images below
Full Time: Guiseley 0 - 3 Solihull Moors
Goals: Jordan Gough (4mins), Omar Bogle (44 & 54pen)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny, Rob Elvins(c), Stuart Pierpoint, Peter Till (Mat Birley 80), Reece Fleet (Junior English 67), Omar Bogle (Aron Wint 73), Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Joel Grandison, Darren Acton
The very first "Community Moors" Soccer camp came to an end last Friday at the impressive facilities of John Henry Newman Catholic College, Chelmsley Wood. The Free Soccer Camp which was set up as part of the Club's Social Inclusion Initiative led by Director of Football Marcus Bignot, was fully subscribed by 60 local children from the ages of 5-11, from within the North of the Borough of Solihull.
Staffed by an impressive line up, which included Solihull Moors 1st Team Coaching Staff and Players along side members of Birmingham City's Ladies squad, the boys and girls certainly enjoyed their fun filled week with the staff of Community Moors.
One of the many highlights, was a Question and Answer session, followed by a celebratory signing of shirts, posters or anything that came to hand, by Moors Youth and Junior Ambassador, Birmingham and England star Karen Carney, ably assisted by the Blues Men's midfielder Wade Elliott. The Children also met Moors star striker Omar Bogle who handed out medals and certificates to all 60 Children. Many of the children and their families also took up the Free ticket offer to Moors final pre-season game on Saturday against Stourbridge, and the Birmingham City Ladies Sunday Super League Fixture versus Doncaster Rovers Belles.
1st Team Manager Marcus Bignot looking back on a hugely successful week commented "This was the launch week of Community Moors, and every opportunity will be taken to integrate the Club into the local community, from here on in. The vision and hope for the club, is to work alongside other like minded community partners from local authorities, businesses, schools and with other fellow community clubs, to help deliver for everyone living in the borough, more opportunities through football."
Solihull Moors rounded off their preparation for the forthcoming season with a 1-0 victory over Stourbridge on Saturday afternoon. A solitary goal from half time substitute Joel Grandison was enough to end Solihull’s impressive pre-season form and build momentum heading into the new campaign. Manager Marcus Bignot must have been delighted with the right winger’s impact after the sides battled out a mundane first half.
It was Stourbridge who created the better chances in the first 45 minutes and Sean Geddes gave Jas Singh an early test when he drilled a shot straight into the keeper’s hands. Singh was then forced to parry away Ben Billingham’s snap shot when it looked as though the ball would find the corner of the net. Solihull’s first meaningful chance came after 15 minutes when Jordan Gough was bought down however Darryl Knight’s free kick was grasped by the keeper. Stourbridge, who finished second in the Evo-Stik Southern League last season, should have opened the scoring five minutes later, Drew Canavan nearly capitalised on some slack defending when he only had the keeper to beat but blazed his shot over the bar. Omar Bogle then nearly scored out of nothing after a cross by Knights was taken on the chest of the striker before swivelling and hitting a shot across the face of goal. Moors could count themselves lucky a second time when Ryan Beswick lost possession in his final third to Geddes who carried the ball forward and drilled a shot against the post which had Singh beaten.
With Moors failing to create many chances in the first period, Marcus Bignot made a double substitution at half time, bringing on Reece Fleet for Aron Wint and Grandison for Junior English. Having survived the earlier scares, Moors began to dominate the play. The inclusion of Grandison provided Solihull with greater width and attacking intent. After 58 minutes, the deadlock was broken. Knights found space down the left, crossed into the path of Grandison, who took a touch inside and squeezed his shot into the bottom corner. The goal gave Moors a confidence boost and the home side started to up the ante with some nice interplay with the midfield trio of Fleet, Jay Denny and Beswick. Grandison was again causing trouble hugging the touchline down the right, the winger produced a surging run from his own half, skipping past two opposition players before being cynically bought down by the defender. He nearly doubled his goal tally with 20 minutes remaining but failed to control a deep cross by Knights. Michael Taylor, who replaced Bogle with ten minutes left on the clock, pinched the ball off the defenders foot and pulled it back to Fleet who saw his shot blocked.
Moors will be hoping that they can carry their form, winning eight out of nine pre-season games, into the first league match away at Guiseley next Saturday.
In Thursday's pre-season friendly against a West Bromwich Albion XI, Solihull gave up a 2-0 first half lead before an excellent second-half display earned them a sixth consecutive pre-season win.
The first 25 minutes were full of running by both sides without either team looking dangerous, but that changed when Morgan Ferrier opened the scoring after the Baggies cut through Moors defence. That sparked the home side into action with a superb 18 yard effort from Blackwood that just went over. Minutes later Trey Braithwaite floated a perfect corner and Birch’s header was just over the bar. The momentum was, however, effectively stopped with 7 minutes of the half remaining when the visitors were awarded a penalty and Alex Jones gave Darren Acton no chance as the ball ricocheted off the right hand upright into the net. West Brom continued to pound the Moors defence with Liam O’Neill hitting the post in the dying seconds of the half.
Four changes were made at half time and the Moors side started to match their illustrious visitors although Acton’s brave dive at the feet of Jones avoided the deficit increasing early on. Then on 55 minutes Darryl Knights collected the ball some 20 yards out, cut inside from the left and buried the ball in the right hand corner giving keeper Rose no chance. Seven minutes later it was Knights again testing the keeper, but on 66 minutes it was Moors scrambling the ball off the goal line to keep themselves in the match. With 15 minutes to go Alex Cooper was unlucky having teed up the ball only to fire over the bar.
With 10 minutes remaining Joel Grandison danced inside from the wing passed to Knights who laid on a perfect pass to Aron Wint for the Moors equaliser. Three minutes later Knights sent over a menacing corner and Birch out jumped several West Brom defenders to power head the ball passed the hapless Rose for the third. Wint could have put the result beyond doubt with 3 minutes remaining but his shot having beaten the keeper was agonisingly just wide of the upright.
Next up for the Moors is their final game of pre-season when they take on Stourbridge at the Autotech Stadium on Saturday 10th at 3pm. To celebrate the FA's Bobby Robson National Football Day, the admission for this game is £1.50 for all, with a donation to be made to the Bobby Robson Foundation. More details here
Final Score: Solihull Moors 3 - 2 West Bromwich Albion XI
Goalscorers: Darryl Knights, Aron Wint, Gary Birch
Solihull Moors: Darren Acton, Luke Connolly, Samson Joseph, Lewis Hayden, Tom Kemp(c), Jo Ballinger, Aron Wint, Nathan Haywood, Gary Birch, Trey Braithwaite, Michael Blackwood.
Subs: Ryan Walker (HT for Hayden), Stuart Parsons, Alex Cooper (HT for Haywood), Darryl Knights (HT for Blackwood), Joel Grandison (HT for Braithwaite), Trayvon Powell (80 for Ballinger)
Two goals in the last ten minutes gave the Moors a fifth straight friendly victory as they beat Hinckley Utd by three goals to one. Darryl Knight's and Aron Wint both on the score-sheet for the third time in this pre-season schedule, whilst Peter Till scored his first for the club from the penalty spot.
Hinckley had the better of the early exchanges, Moors relying on a brilliant save to his right from Jas Singh to keep the score level. Moors first chance came on nineteen minutes when Peter Till dinked a perfect cross into the box but Aron Wint’s header was over the bar. With 25 minutes gone Singh collided with the right hand upright following a dangerous cross but was soon back on his feet. It was then the visitors turn to attack and a low cross from Michael Nottingham landed at the feet of the incoming Darryl Knights on the edge of the 18 yard box who coolly slotted the ball into the back of the net. Gary Birch went close with 10 minutes of the half remaining and Junior English was unlucky not to capitalise on some brilliant one touch football between Peter Till and Michael Nottingham. As the half ebbed away the weather turned from torrential downpour to hail stones and the score remained 0 – 1 at half time.
The hosts threw everything at Moors after the interval, restricting Solihull to break aways but were rewarded on 60 minutes when a defensive error left Singh stranded and the hosts grabbed an equaliser through Luke Richards. They might have taken the lead two minutes later but a dangerous cross not only eluded the Moors defence but also the incoming Hinckley attack. With 12 minutes remaining Hinckley were again thwarted when with Singh beaten, the ball hit the upright and was cleared to safety. Then with 6 minutes on the clock Aron Wint let fly from fully 20 yards, and his deceptive looping effort left the keeper stranded to restore Moors lead. It didn’t stop there as in the dying moments of the match substitute Nathan Haywood was brought down by the keeper and Peter Till ‘s low penalty increased the lead again to send Moors home 3–1 winners.
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jo Ballinger (Trey Braithwaite 65), Alex Cooper (Lewis Hayden HT), Tom Kemp(c) (Ryan Walker 80), Rob Elvins, Peter Till, Junior English (Nathan Haywood HT), Gary Birch, Aron Wint, Darryl Knights.
The FA has supported and developed football over the last 150 years to be the most popular team sport in England, played regularly by many millions and supported across the country by the incredible efforts of 400,000 dedicated volunteers. In recognition of the grassroots of our game, The FA has created ‘Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day’ — a celebration of grassroots football and the 400,000 volunteers without whom we wouldn’t have a national game.
Sir Bobby Robson was one of football’s good guys who made a huge contribution to football communities across the country. As such The FA is delighted that Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day will carry Sir Bobby’s name in turn raising awareness of the work of his cancer charity — the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.
Sir Bobby Robson National Football Day will take place on Saturday 10 August 2013 to coincide with the start of the new football season, and The Moors will take part in a whole game celebration that includes 150 community football events taking place across the country — giving local communities the opportunity to get involved with their local club or league.
On that Saturday Solihull Moors host Stourbridge in their final pre-season friendly at The Autotech Stadium, kick off 3pm. The club’s Youth and Junior section will be holding a coaching session with the Under 9’s team before kick-off, followed by a penalty shootout at half time with one of the Solihull Moors Girls teams to celebrate the occasion. Solihull Moors would encourage all fans and supporters to help create the game that everyone can be part and proud of by getting involved.
The club will charge all non season ticket spectators just £1.50 admission regardless of age, and the club will donate £150 to the Bobby Robson Foundation. More information regarding the Foundation can be found in the special match day programmes - priced at £1.50.
The FA’s Community Partner McDonalds is joining the celebration on Sunday 11th August 2013 at The FA Community Shield — where winners of The FA Community Awards 2013 presented by McDonald’s will be announced. These awards recognise and reward people across the country who make a difference to grassroots football in their local community.
Tim Delaney, the club’s Head of Youth Development said: “We, as a club, are honoured and privileged to be one of the 150 clubs across the country taking part in this special day which is all about raising the profile of grassroots football whilst also raising the awareness of the fantastic work of the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. Sir Bobby was a legend in our game and indeed began his own career at grassroots level with Langley Park Juniors at the age of 11 before going on to become a local hero at West Bromwich Albion where he made over 250 appearances so there is no better way to remember the man than by involving kids, football and the local community all together”
To see what some of football's legends are saying about this special day, click here
Marcus Bignot, Director of Football, Solihull Moors FC
I am happy to announce with our Community Business Partner Hardyman Group Ltd, that we will be launching "Community Moors" this Summer where we will be working with local schools throughout the Borough to deliver Sport and Education Programmes. We're in a privileged position as a Football Club to make a difference and to engage the community through Football. ‘Community Moors’ which will be the Community arm of Solihull Moors Football Club and will be the key drivers in providing Sport and Education programmes.
Social inclusion and recognising the need to work in the community where there is extreme deprivation, unemployment, crime and physical inactivity is a passion of mine and an exciting opportunity for Solihull Moors to make a difference. We're also committed to ensure and promote Diversity at every opportunity that everybody connected to Solihull Moors is treated equally with dignity and respect. We want to work with like minded people and organisations who share the same passion and similar ideas with work needed within our community.
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Mike Turl, Managing Director, Hardyman Group Ltd
Hardyman Group Ltd are delighted to be invited to be Solihull Moors Community Sponsor for the forthcoming three years. The culture which is being created at the Moors makes the proposition attractive to our Group as it shares the same mutual principles as being key to be actively involved in the community and improving people’s lives at all levels.
The Youth Development initiative which encourages 27 Youth Teams to be a part of the club, which has been created by Marcus and his team and the formation of Community Moors which engages with social inclusion activities fits perfectly with the ethos of our Group. All of this evolving on our doorstep is exciting for our locally based group and we look forward to engaging with business and community groups over the next three years to establish the Moors in the Community.
If you would like to be part of this or have any ideas we would love to hear from you.
A busy Tuesday evening saw Solihull Moors competing on two fronts, with one team running out 1-0 winners over Conference Premier side Nuneaton Town at The Autotech Stadium, whilst another sauntered past Gresley in a 5-0 victory. This allowed Manager Marcus Bignot to give the majority of his squad 90 minutes each as the players physical preperation for the season continues.
Solihull Moors edged out a narrow victory over Nuneaton Town as striker Gary Birch scored the only goal at the Autotech Stadium on Tuesday evening. Birch’s second half header was enough to keep Solihull’s impressive pre-season form going, but had keeper Jasbir Singh to thank for keeping Nuneaton at bay. Solihull’s number one made a string of impressive saves, two from point-blank range, to ensure four clean sheets in as many matches. Nuneaton, who play their trade in the Conference Premier, one division above the Moors, created the first opening when Daniel Sleath’s shot was grasped well by Singh. Moor’s only opportunity of the first half came after 22 minutes when Omar Bogle advanced into the box, controlled the ball on his chest but dragged his shot wide of the post. Soon after, Singh was forced to make the first of many impressive saves. An in-swinging corner found the head of former Stoke City striker Louis Moult, however the keeper showed great reactions to tip it over. Just before half time and Singh had to make an almost identical save this time from Gregory Pearson to keep the side’s level going into the interval.
After Moult had headed wide from a Nuneaton free-kick, Solihull found themselves ahead. The ball broke to midfielder Peter Till who supplied a pin-point cross to the far post where Birch was on hand to head the ball in off the post and into the corner of the net. Two minutes later and Moors should have doubled their advantage. Bogle’s shot just inside the area was parried by keeper James Belshaw into the path of Jay Denny who somehow managed to miss the target when it looked easier to score. Straight from that attack, Nuneaton pushed forward and were unlucky not to have drawn level after a flurry of chances. An Adam Walker chip looked to have found the bottom corner before the alert Sampson Joseph was on hand to hook the ball clear off the line. A rare error by Singh was nearly seized upon by Moult when his skewed clearance found the striker only to see his shot acrobatically tipped over. Walker must be wondering how he hadn’t scored when, again, his header was cleared off the line this time by Denny. Nuneaton looked dangerous for the majority of the last 20 minutes, however failed to get past a resolute Moors defence. At the death, Singh made another glorious save, tipping Walker’s curling effort onto the crossbar just as it looked as though the Moors keeper had finally been beaten.
Solihull Moors Team Against Nuneaton: Jasbir Singh, Luke Connolly, Samson Joseph, Jay Denny, Rob Elvins(c), Stuart Pierpoint, Peter Till, Reece Fleet (HT Trey Braithwaite), Omar Bogle, Gary Birch, Matt Birley.
Manager Marcus Bignot took along a strong side to face Gresley, which included former Gresley players Jordan Gough and Michael Nottingham. An impressive show of attacking football ensured a big win for the Moors and another clean sheet. Aron Wint forced an early save from Gresley keeper Hateley before Ryan Beswick opened the scoring with a low shot into the bottom corner. Hateley made a superb stop to deny Junior English soon after, but from the resultant corner English’s far post header doubled Solihull’s lead.
In the second half Aron Wint put the game beyond doubt with a spectacular overhead kick, before Darryl Knights grabbed the fourth, firing under the keeper after being put through on goal. Beswick then completed the scoring with his second, a long-range effort which struck the base of the post before trickling over the line.
Solihull Moors Team Against Gresley: Stuart Parsons, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Tom Kemp(c), Jo Ballinger, Lewis Hayden, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights, Junior English, Aron Wint, Joel Grandison. Subs Used: Joe Tobin, John Miller, Alex Cooper, Troy Smith.