Solihull Moors 4 - 1 Bradford Park Avenue
Saturday 4th October 2014 - Vanarama Conference North
With both teams on 11 points this match had all the hallmarks of the usual dogged struggle between Moors and Bradford, but in fact turned out to be anything but. It also heralded Ryan Beswick’s 150th start for the club and saw his 50th Moors goal as Solihull powered to victory.
The opening period saw both teams in attacking mode with Bradford’s Colley not making the best of a one on one with Tony Breeden and Jordan Gough blasting over on seven minutes. From thereon in it was all Moors for the first half with the first goal coming from Omar Bogle on 12 minutes when he side footed home a Darren Byfield deflected cross – the 9th goal for the Solihull striker in 11 games this season which sees him top of the league scorers so far.
Beswick’s 25 yard free kick following a foul on Bogle was inches wide ; Gough blasted over on 23 minutes, Fleet followed suit minutes later and Daly was just foiled by Danby on the half hour mark . Then on 36 minutes a Knights free kick was spilled by the keeper and a grateful Beswick was on hand to roll in goal number two. Bogle having dribbled passed two defenders was just wide with Danby beaten on 38 minutes whilst Beswick’s defence splitting pass was just too long for the incoming Byfield.
Moors pounded the Bradford goal as the half time whistle approached, with Fleet again clearing the bar, Liam Daly just too high from Knight’s corner and Danby conceding a corner as he failed to deal with a loose back pass. Again it was Knights with the last action of the half just wide of the upright with the keeper beaten.
Bradford started the second half with more determination and Colley on his debut having signed from Harrogate Railway, was making the most of the visitors limited forays into Moors half. Junior English with just Danby to beat shot straight at the keeper, Bogle shot wide whilst Byfield skimmed the post on 53 minutes. Colley was close on the hour mark and Frost was unlucky to see his goal bound effort rebound to safety off the post. Moors then resumed the initiative on 69 minutes when a blistering shot from Byfield was parried by the keeper but only so far as Michael Nottingham who slotted home for their third goal.
Tony Breeden, having his quietest day since signing for Solihull, dived bravely at the feet of Priestly to maintain Moors advantage but in the second of 5 minutes added time, they had a momentary lack of concentration, with English off the pitch following a head injury, which allowed Walker to hit home at the far post. Far from settling for three well earned points Moors hit back and within a minute Knights headed into an empty net after Danby and Bogle collided and the ball spilled into the air.
Images courtesy of Stephen Woodward
Full Time: Solihull Moors 4 - 1 Bradford Park Avenue (Half Time: 2-0)
Goals: Bogle (10mins), Beswick (34), Nottingham (67), Knights (90)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham (Richard Taundry 72), Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield (Aitor Espejo 80), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Jay Denny 74), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Dominic Langdon.
Ilkeston 1 - 0 Solihull Moors
Saturday 27th September 2014 - FA Cup 2nd Qualifying Round
With an unchanged team for the third game running, Moors were instantly pressuring their hosts when Daly’s header from a Beswick corner was cleared off the line, although Adams, Ilkeston’s recent addition to the England C squad, soon showed why he is being watched by bigger clubs as he skimmed past Michael Nottingham with only Elvin’s tackle there to prevent a real threat on 4 minutes. Solihull could have taken an early lead but Byfield’s shot from 12 yards was well saved by Smith. It was from one of Dom Langdon’s long throws that Solihull’s best chance came on 21 minutes; Daly met the ball as Lane cleared off the line only to see it cannon off the cross bar to Bogle but his header also met with the same fate. Moors followed with three consecutive corners but could not find a way through.
Darryl Knights goal bound shot from 18 yards took a deflection as it sailed wide on 24 minutes whilst on the half hour mark Breeden did well to foil Duffy’s low effort as it bobbled in front of him. The Moors keeper also was alert as a deflected shot looked bound for the right hand corner. However, the game effectively turned on 38 minutes when with a rash uncharacteristic double footed tackle by Fleet downed Richards for which the Moors midfielder was immediately red carded by referee Salisbury. Moors to their credit still looked dangerous as the first half ebbed away with a bullet header from Langdon at point blank range producing an incredible save from Smith.
Manager Bignot took off Byfield and Beswick at the restart with Denny and Taundry on to bolster the midfield but the ten men Moors were under the cosh as The Robins made the most of their numerical superiority. Adams was a real handful down the left flank whilst Richards was finding too much room down the right and twice only Daly stood between him and a possible goal. Adams shot over with an hour played whilst ex Nottingham Forest David Morgan unleashed a screamer on 68 minutes which touched the cross bar on its way over but with Moors largley confined to their own half a goal seemed inevitable: It duly arrived on 78 minutes from a defence splitting Morgan free kick which was well met by Captain Maguire whose header from 5 yards gave Breeden no chance.
Aaron Brown replaced Rob Elvins with 10 minutes remaining as Moors tried to claw something back and it was the tall substitute who was denied with a header by Smith on 87 minutes. In the first of the two minutes of added time Ilkeston had the ball in the net again only for Duffy to be ruled well off side but then with the penultimate touch of the game Moors had their best chance of the afternoon to score; Knights was through for a one on one with Smith but again the keeper reacted well to clear the shot but only as far as Bogle whose shot was cleared off the line by Wallace
Many thanks to Craig Lamont Photography for the match photos - www.craiglamontphotography.com
With Gloucester requiring a replay this week, the league match scheduled for this Tuesday has been postponed.
Full Time: Ilkeston 1 - 0 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-0)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (Aaron Brown 80), Darren Byfield (Jay Denny HT), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry HT), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Aitor Espoja, Jordan Gough, Keenah Rosser.
Community Development Update
Solihull Moors has now restructured to become a Community Interest Club (CIC) – a club run by its supporters and for the benefit of everybody in the borough of Solihull. Since the financial problems which beset the club some two years ago a band of professionals and die-hard supporters have worked tirelessly to financially stabilise the club but equally importantly, to make Solihull Moors an integral part of the local community. To this end strong links have been forged with Solihull Council, our local MP Lorely Burt, West Midlands Police Force and Colleges in both the north and south sides of the Borough.
“Whilst so many clubs are losing touch with their supporters and communities, I am delighted that Solihull Moors have made inroads to integrate its supporters, the community, businesses, and the local authority as partners into the fabric of our Football Club.” Marcus Bignot - Director of Football and Manager
Mark Fogarty was brought in as Community Development Officer and following his experience in similar roles with Birmingham City, Coventry City, Walsall and Wycombe Wanderers, he could see immediate opportunities to introduce a Schools Education Programme as part of the curriculum for schools joining up with the club. This encompasses not just football but also multi sports such as hockey, cricket, rounders, athletics and tennis as well as agility, balance and coordination.
"I am very excited about the direction in which our Club is moving. With the excellent team behind me, I am determined to achieve a full, sustainable and inclusive development scheme that will cater for all abilities" Mark Fogarty - Head of Youth Development and Community Officer
To date 15 schools (some 500 pupils) from all parts of the Borough and surrounding areas are participating in the physical education scheme and 9 qualified coaches (levels 1–3) have been employed to front line the operation. So far as extra curriculum football activities, the club plans to introduce Pay & Play Development Centres in the coming months.
The clubs Community Development does not stop at schools; Already under way is the establishment of a Disabled section (it is planned to enter teams for the under 13’s and under 16’s next season in the seven a side leagues) and also “walking” football for the over 40’s. These will augment the Solihull Moors Little League, already running for the under 9’s, and the entire youth structure.
The scheme also embraces after-school Sports Clubs, School Soccer Camps and has an unequivocal objective to ensure that these facilities are also there for those people who for a variety of reasons would not normally have the opportunity - Social Inclusion is high on the priority list, an area where Jay Denny (pictured left), one of the first team squad has been heavily involved for the past 12 months.
Following on from the successful School Summer Camp in August, another will be held during the forthcoming October half term break for football mad children between school years 1 -8. Further details will be published shortly but it is envisaged that there will be 50 places under the watchful eye of 4 coaches. The club is also running a “Safeguarding” course on the 10th October for anyone involved with children / child protection – some spaces are still available.
For further information on any of the topics contained above please phone
Mark Fogarty (07564 926231) or Barry Walker (07854 414626)
Solihull Moors 2 - 2 Stockport County
Saturday 20th September 2014 - Vanarama Conference North
It is 12 years since Stockport began a slide which has seen them drop from the Football league Championship to the Conference North: They hold the dubious honour of being the only club to have dropped so far from the second tier of English Football. Last season Moors took 5 points in their two games against the hatters but the visitors have started well this season and are tipped for a climb back up the ladder. This season’s biggest crowd was at the Autotech to see how the resurgent Solihull would fare.
Reece Fleet chipped a free kick from 30 yards which was spilled by goa keeper Hurst before being cleared and there was nobody on to Darryl Knight’s perfect cross on 6 minutes. Darren Byfield’s pace saw him zip pass three defenders but his cross evaded the Moors front men. Omar Bogle lashed a twenty yarder over the bar on 12 minutes and went just wide of the upright seconds later. On 25 minutes Ryan Beswick was well tackled as he advanced towards the keeper whilst Solihull’s best chance fell to Bogle whose shot beat Hurst but was cleared off the line by Gregson
It was end to end football as both teams looked for the break through bur Moors back four was solid whilst Tony Breeden produced a great save from Sharp and a clean punch out under pressure from the resulting corner. On 38 minutes Beswick’s corner beat Hurst but also eluded the incoming Rob Elvins and it was Breeden again rescuing his team as County broke and he saved first point blank from Dennis in a one to one and in the dying seconds of the half from Gregson six yards out
With four minutes of the second half played County broke the deadlock when Sharp out jumped the Solihull defence to score from a corner. However, almost from the restart Moors equalised as Knights got on the end of Bogle’s through ball and deftly slid it into the left hand corner – three goals in consecutive games for the Moors marksman. Bogle headed over from Daly’s nod on 55 minutes, Beswick was wide as Solihull pressed forward with some delightful one touch football, and Bogle was dispossessed as he teed up a close range effort on the hour mark. Then on 71 minutes Knights found Bogle, the big striker passed to Beswick on the right who curled an exquisite left foot shot passed Hurst to put Moors in front.
As the game approached its final ten minutes Stockport threw everything at the hosts forcing Moors back but just when it seemed Solihull would hang on to all three points Stevenson, signed on a months loan from Alfreton two days earlier, was on the end of Milligan’s dink over Daly to steal half of the spoils. Beswick was foiled by Hurst on 90 minutes but Moors had Woolfe to thank as with the last touch of the match he headed wide with the goal at his mercy.
Solihull are away next Saturday to Northern Premier outfit Ilkeston in the second Qualifying round of the FA Cup. Unless that results in a replay they will be back in league action on Tuesday 30th September when they visit Gloucester City.
Final Score: Solihull Moors 2 - 2 Stockport County (Half Time: 0-0)
Goals: Darryl Knights (50), Ryan Beswick (71).
Man of the Match (Sponsored by Cucina Kitchens): Ryan Beswick
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins (c), Darren Byfield, Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Jay Denny, Aaron Brown, Aitor Espoja, Michael Taylor, Jordan Gough.
Moors Crush Harrogate
Saturday 13th September 2014 - Vanarama Conference North
Moors have played Harrogate fourteen times in the last seven years, winning seven and drawing four. Both teams have had slow starts to the season but both managed impressive wins last week. So after the long haul up from the Midlands, Solihull arrived late but with everything to play for. Moors were quickly into their stride as they controlled the midfield with Liam Daly blasting over the bar and Darryl Knights testing keeper Barnes early on. At the other end Margetts tried a 25 yard looping shot and Tony Breeden was forced to punch away under pressure a dangerous cross. The break through came in the 14th minute; Ryan Beswick slotted the ball to Darren Byfield whose shot was cleared off the line by Heath’s diving header, the clearance landed at the feet of Knights who picked his spot from 14 yards with an exquisite side foot into the right hand corner.
Byfield went close when he chipped Barnes but the ball cleared the bar. However he made no mistake on 23 minutes when Beswick again opened up the Harrogate defence and found Byfield who turned the ball into the net from 8 yards. It was his first senior goal for the club. Town’s afternoon went from bad to worse on the half hour mark when ex-Leeds United Lenighan clattered Michael Nottingham to the floor for which he was red carded by referee Hudson.
With Knights and Beswick now having more room they were running the midfield as Moors bombarded the hosts with forays down both flanks. Dom Langdon was out run by Barnes in a one on one, Reece Fleet’s bullet from 25 yards produced a great save from the keeper and Nottingham headed over as Solihull went in search of a third before the interval. They were, however caught on the break with five minutes to go with Daly clearing off the like from Kendall, and McGurk heading just wide of the upright. Knights was oh so close as got on the end of Beswick’s pass from six yards. Then on 45 minutes Nottingham hit a 25 yard screamer which rebounded off the post straight to the incoming Beswick who rammed the ball into the back of the net to send the visitors 3-0 up at the break.
With Omar Bogle and Beswick going close both from Knight’s through balls Moors looked totally at ease as the second period gathered momentum and it was not until the 53rd minute that Harrogate managed their first shot on goal from Speight whose volley cleared the bar and then Kendall shot wide. Beswick went close on the hour mark but Barnes produced another fine save to palm away the header. Knights thumped the clearance goal wards but McGurk was on hand to clear off the line. Moors got their just deserts on 70 minutes when Bogle collected the ball on the 18 yard line and coolly stroked it into the right hand corner for the fourth goal. Town’s best chance came when Langdon slipped to let in Kerry who seemed to have beaten Breeden but Daly was there to clear off the line. Moors had the chance of a fifth in added time when Bogle and Fleet combined to set up the big striker but he blasted over from 10 yards.
It was a day to savour for the Moors travelling Army; another impressive away win, Omar Bogle going top of the Conference North scorers table and captain Rob Elvins celebrating his 50th game for the club. Next week they host ex Football League Stockport County when another win could shoot Solihull up the league. Kick Off at the Autotech Stadium is 3.00pm.
Many thanks to Peter Arnett and Harrogate Town for use of their match photos.
Full Time: Harrogate Town 0 - 4 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0 - 3)
Goals: Darryl Knights (14mins), Darren Byfield (23), Ryan Beswick (45), Omar Bogle (70)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield (Lewis Hayden 79), Junior English (Jay Denny 72), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry 72), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Michael Taylor, Jordan Gough
Reserves Go Top
Saturday 13th September 2014 - Midland Football League Reserve Division 1
Maybe Solihull Moors Reserves thought this game would be a stroll in the park, maybe they were over-confident as Loughborough Dynamo Reserves conceded seven goals last Saturday; whatever, this was a tough game and very competitive. One suspects that Dynamo will be disappointed they did not take a point from the match. They worked hard and put the Moors under pressure. Indeed at the close it was they who had Solihull on the back foot. It will give the Moors Management satisfaction that their charges did not wilt under the onslaught. To win three points when not playing at all well, is surely a positive sign?
A number of the Moors Second String were out of sorts, but thanks to Cloeing and Delaney at the back, and Hobbs on the wing, they secured all three points. Nesbitt up front was a thorn in the Home defence all afternoon and fully deserved his two goals. The truth is, the visitors ought to have scored more. Gorman was specially wasteful. Both sides had left their shooting boots in the changing rooms. A hat-full of chances went begging. Behind the back-four, Oli Parks was a secure pair of hands and keep goal well. There were occasions when his quick thinking saved the day for Solihull. For the home side, Alex Davison stood out. Yet, although they worked hard and kept going, they were always second best.
Having gone ahead in the ninth minute, the Moors should have pushed on to win the game with ease. That they did not: well I refer the Reader to the first paragraph! The result sees the Moors Reserves sitting at the top of the table with 3 wins from 3 matches - an excellent start to the new season for the young Moors players who are already showing tremendous attitude and ability at a good level of non league football.
Next Saturday the Moors Reserves travel to Barwell F.C kick off 3.00pm at their Kirkby Road Ground.
Full Time: Loughborough Dynamo 1 - 2 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0 - 1)
Goals: Keiran Nesbitt (10 and 81 mins)
Solihull Moors Reserves: Oliver Parkes, Kwame Dsane, Nick Cleary, Stefan Blake (Ben Johnston 71), Torin Coleing, Sam Delaney, Matt Hobbs (Umar Zaman 65), Alex Cooper, Kieran Nesbitt, Jake Gorman (Jeorge Smith 57), Yoann Tsamas. Subs not used: Ryan Bradbury, Kaine Ffrench
Reserves Continue Winning Start
Tuesday, 09 September 2014 14:16
The Moors Reserves travelled to Coalville Town looking to build on their excellent start to the league campaign following their victory at fancied Quorn the previous week and the lads were straight out of the blocks and opened the scoring with just 2 minutes on the clock as Kieran Nesbitt, who had scored two the previous week, netted again. The Moors had the ball in the back of the net again on 7 minutes as Sam Delaney headed home from a set piece but the effort was ruled out for offside. The Moors bright opening was a real shock to Coalville Town and they struggled to get going as the visitors played their attractive, flowing football, creating numerous opportunities that only last ditch defending from the home team ensured the score remained at just one. On 14 minutes another quality move from the young Moors side saw them extend their lead as Yoann Tsamas found Curvin Ellis on the edge of the box, he dropped his shoulder, lost his marker and hit a thunderous effort against the upright with the keeper beaten but the predator Nesbitt was on hand to side foot home from 6 yards. Ellis himself should have scored on 19 mins but he dragged his effort wide with only the keeper to beat. Coalville Town rallied as the half wore on an forced a couple of corners in quick succession but solid defending and keeper Oli Parkes pulling off an excellent save high to his right, tipping a 25 yard effort over the bar, meant that their lead remained intact. However the home sides spell of pressure finally told in the 33rd minute when sloppy play by the Moors saw them lose possession in midfield and the home side counter attacked at pace down their left before crossing low into the box where an unmarked player prodded home from inside the area through a crowd of legs.
The 2nd half started the way the 1st had ended with the home side in the ascendancy pushing higher up the pitch from the off and forcing the Moors to defend deeper and deeper. They created numerous chances but could not break down the resolute and well-disciplined Moors defence and on the odd occasion when the Moors did manage to get out of their own half it was the pace and direct running of Tsamas, Nesbitt and Ellis that really caused trouble for the home side. The midfield were a little ragged in their play, giving away possession cheaply, needless free kicks and delaying the through balls to the strikers meaning that they were frustratingly being caught off side on numerous occasions. On 49 mins, Umar Zaman replaced the hard working Matt Hobbs on the right wing and he was unlucky not to extend the Moors lead after 55 mins when his driving run down the right and powerful shot flew just wide of the near post. Parkes was again called on to make an excellent save, this time with his feet after a home striker was put through one on one and the same player, who was denied by the feet of Parkes just minutes earlier, then somehow managed to blast over the bar from just a yard out after a great diagonal ball picked him out at the far post. The Moors were in desperate need of some respite and they eventually got it on 88 minutes when an excellent passing move saw Nesbitt set clear and as he raced the box and looked to shoot the defender made a last ditch attempt at a tackle and mistimed it completely bringing down the Moors striker in full flow. Smith stepped up to smash the ball home into the bottom left corner of the goal giving the keeper no chance, and securing the result.
Full Time: Coalville Town 1 - 3 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 1 - 2)
Goals: Kieran Nesbitt (2 & 14), Jeorge Smith (88 pen)
Solihull Moors: Oliver Parkes, Kwame Dsane, Nick Cleary, Jeorge Smith, Torin Coleing, Sam Delaney, Matt Hobbs (Umar Zaman 49), Alex Cooper, Curvin Ellis (Ben Johnston 65), Kieran Nesbitt, Yoann Tsamas. Subs not used: Ryan Bradbury, Stefan Blake.
Next week the Moors travel to the Nanpantan Sports Ground to play Loughborough Dynamo, kick off at 3.00pm
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Ferriby Beaten By Another Bogle Double
Sunday, 07 September 2014 08:10
Last Season was North Ferriby’s first in the Conference North where they finished runners up although their best performance against Moors was a home draw, having lost at the Autotech Stadium earlier in the season. At the start of Saturday’s match that stood level on points with Barrow at the top of the league and Solihull certainly had a point to prove on the lush but slippery surface having not made the most successful start to the campaign so far.
Moors had the best of the opening stages with Ryan Beswick going close and Liam Daly just inches away in the box. Darryl Knights brought out a good save from Nicklin before Beswick watched his chip over the keeper go wide of the upright. Reece Fleet and Omar Bogle were both causing the hosts problems in the box. The Villagers were, however, unlucky on 21 minutes when Jarman hammered the ball through Moors defence only to see it rebound to safety off the near post. Breeden then produced the first of several fine saves as he denied Hone from a long throw in.
At the mid-way point in the half it was end to end play; Darren Byfield saw his effort just clear the bar, whilst Jarman headed wide from a corner at the other end. Then on 39 minutes Fleet was hacked down in the 18 yard box and Bogle stepped up for the spot kick which saw him coolly send Nicklin the wrong way to put Moors in front. Ferriby felt they too should have had a penalty when King appeared to be brought down in the area but the officials deemed it was outside the box and the referee awarded only a free-kick which failed to penetrate the Solihull wall.
Within four minutes of the second half, Beswick was second fastest with a one on one with Nicklin but the mood of the game changed dramatically on 52 minutes; As Darryl Knights crossed the ball into the middle of the park, it struck referee Hart and landed in the path of the advancing Bogle who slotted it carefully passed Nicklin to double Moors lead. Some of the Ferriby players were incensed but the reality of the situation was the referee could do nothing and the goal stood. Bogle might have sealed a hat trick when through with yet another one on one, but his lob was not high enough to clear the keeper, whilst Breeden plucked a dangerous cross off of Denton’s head. Knights was again just wide with a well struck left footed shot.
Despite the Solihull pressure the travelling fans held their breath on 66 minutes when Clayton and Denton combined to set-up Fry to score with an acute angled shot into the right hand corner of the net to reduce the deficit and give more purpose to Ferriby’s forays in Moors final third. However the game was effectively put to bed on 73 minutes when Nicklin brought down Bogle just outside the box, the keeper being perhaps a little fortunate to only receive a yellow card. Beswick curled in an exquisite free kick and whilst Nicklin produced a wonderful save from Bogle’s close range effort, he could do nothing when Knights drilled the half clearance into the back of the net for Moors third goal.
The host battled valiantly on, and an outstanding clearance from Michael Nottingham stopped Denton getting one back at the far post whilst the big centre forward was again denied as he waited for a nod in as the ball skimmed off Daly’s head to safety. The referee awarded 6 minutes of added time but if anything Moors looked the most likely to benefit in the dying moments. This was the most impressive performance by Solihull this season against a team who are already widely tipped for at least a play off position. Moors needed to put behind them a dismal opening few games and they did so in the strongest manner.
Full Time: North Ferribly United 1-3 Solihull Moors (Half Time: 0-1)
Goals: Omar Bogle (39pen & 48), Darryl Knights (74)
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield, Junior English (Jay Denny 83), Omar Bogle. Ryan Beswick (Richard Taundry 83), Darryl Knights, Subs not used: Keenah Rosser, Lewis Hayden, Michael Taylor.
‘Thumbs Up’ for Non-League Day!
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 14:48
League Sponsors Vanarama have today joined forces with Non-League Day and Matt Le Tissier to launch a campaign to break the attendance record at Vanarama Conference fixtures on 6th September, 2014 (Non-League Day).
Core to the campaign is a “call to arms” to recruit personalities who love the game, to put their “thumbs up” for Non-League day and raise awareness. Van leasing business Vanarama will take to social media to encourage managers; players; media; celebrities; and of course fans to post pictures of their support using #thumbsup4NLD.
The campaign will raise awareness of Non-League football to ALL football fans and ask them to go to support their local club on Saturday 6th September 2014 on a day when there are no Premier League or Championship fixtures. The target is to achieve a Non-League Day attendance of more than 50,000 at Vanarama Conference games on the day, breaking the existing record of 39,210 (2012).
Vanarama, will make a donation on behalf of every fan attending a Vanarama Conference fixture to Prostate Cancer UK, the event’s charity. Based on last year’s attendance this will be a donation of £4,000. If the matchday attendance across the Vanarama Conference is higher than 50,000, Vanarama will donate at least £10,000. Full details can be found at www.vanarama.co.uk/thumbsup4nld
To help raise awareness for the campaign, join Matt Le Tissier and others, and post pictures of you and your friends with ‘thumbs up’ to @Vanarama and using #thumbsup4NLD
Matt Le Tissier, Thumbs Up for Non-League Day Ambassador said: “Non-League Football is close to my heart and the lifeblood of the beautiful game in this country. I am excited to be supporting this campaign and encourage everyone to tweet their thumbs up photos and get down to their local club this coming Saturday. Let’s break the record and raise money for Prostate Cancer UK”.
Andy Alderson, Owner & Managing Director, Autorama Group said: “As a company of football fans, we are excited to be sponsoring the Vanarama Conference, and delighted to be supporting Non-League Day and Prostrate Cancer UK at the same time. We hope to help the clubs attract fans from the wider football family on this special day in the Football calendar. Thumbs Up for Non-League Day!”.
Reserves Get Off To Winning Start
Sunday, 31 August 2014 12:46
Solihull Reserves got their Season off to a good start at the attractive Farley Way Stadium with a 4-2 victory. Quorn FC is a well-run and welcoming Club, and their Ground rather attractive. However, the young Moors did not stand around and admire the beautify. They got down to work right away. Straight from Kick-Off they showed that they meant business. A good move on the left, allowed Tsamas to open their account. Just over ten minutes later the scores were level, as Quorn were awarded a penalty, converted with aplomb by Honour. This seemed to set Solihull back and until the break things were rather even-steven.
After the re-start it was a different story. Solihull were well on top. Even the Booking of Lewis Hayden did not dampen their spirit. Yet worse was to come. On fifty-two minutes a terrible mix-up in defence allowed Buckingham to put the home side ahead. That was enough for the visitors. They imposed their authority, their skill and their tactical know-how on their visitors. Nesbitt drew the sides level on fifty-seven minutes:
Then two goals in two minutes by Coleing and Nesbitt put the Moors in front and out of sight. Oh, Quorn played some football, tried to put the Moors under pressure but Coleing and Delaney at the heart of defence held firm. Nesbitt continued to be a thorn in Quorn’s side and Tsamas ran the flank ragged on one side, whilst Hobbs and Zaman when he arrived, did the same on the right. At the end it was a convincing victory. Yes, they were tested, but they weathered the storm and went on to take the honours.
Reserves Fixtures & League Info
Third Straight Defeat For Moors
Sunday, 31 August 2014 07:42
If a week is a long time in politics then a year in football can be an eternity! This time last year unbeaten Solihull Moors were challenging for the top spot whilst Barrow, just relegated from the Conference Premier were languishing near the bottom with just four points. At the end of last Saturday’s seven goal thriller it was Barrow who head the league whilst Moors have the four points and are in the bottom three. And yet again it could have been so different had it not been for more goals given away.
Since last season Barrow have had a massive cash injection and it showed in a team hell bent on moving forward with fast breaks down both wings. That said the first real chance fell to Moors when in the second minute Junior English hit the outside of the upright but they had Tony Breeden to thank as he denied Reid after six minutes as the Blue Birds gathered momentum. The first goal came on 14 minutes when Pilkington crossed to Walker but the header hit the post only to go in off a deflection from the Moors keeper. A resilient Solihull side quickly took the game to the visitors with Omar Bogle shooting over from the restart and they levelled on 20 minutes when a defence splitting cross from Jordan Gough was met by Owen Story on the far side of the goal. Almost immediately Story went close again producing a fine save from McMillan.
The game swung in Solihull’s favour with almost the last kick of the half, just after Breeden had kept his side in the running with two consecutive brave dives at the feet of Walker and Grand; Darryl Knight found Bogle some 25 yards out and the big striker turned and unleashed a screamer which thundered into the far corner of the net off the goal post.
Moors had the opportunity to add to their tally on 47 minutes but with the keeper at his mercy Knights failed to properly connect. The lead last only four minutes from the restart as Cook was left unattended and an easy header from Ray – Harvey’s cross crept into the net despite Breeden just getting a hand to it. Things went from bad to worse on 53 minutes when a mix up between Breeden and Rob Elvins saw the Captain head an innocuous high cross from Willis over the keepers head as Breeden came off his line for Barrow’s third.
A shell shocked Solihull still looked capable of rescuing something from the game but lack of finishing in the final third did not help the cause. The Bluebirds made a double substitution on 70 minutes and promptly scored a fourth as Breeden‘s clearance went straight to Ellison who from all of thirty yards riffled the ball in to the back of the net. Moors to their credit never stopped attacking and on 76 minutes Daly headed Beswick’s free kick back across the face of the box to Bogle who made sure from six yards
With Gough shooting over on 80 minutes Moors misery was compounded one minute from time when Story was carried off after a cynical tackle from behind. They had yet again done enough to take all three points but mistakes plummeted Solihull to the wrong end of the league table. Next Saturday they travel to Hull for a hard game against title chasers North Ferriby Kick Off 3.00 pm.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 3-4 Barrow (Half Time: 2-1)
Goals: Owen Story, Omar Bogle(2)
Man of the Match (Sponsored by Cucina Kitchens): Owen Story
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Liam Daly, Robert Elvins, Owen Story (Aaron Brown 90), Junior English, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Sub not used: Jay Denny, Richard Taundry, Darren Byfield, Keenah Rosser.
Monday, 25 August 2014 19:13
It was a defensive error and lack of scoring opportunities on Bank Holiday Monday when Moors travelled to Hednesford for their third league meeting in recent years where honours were even before the game. The rain had not stopped all day and the slippery windy conditions continued right through the match.
Liam Daly was first in the action for Solihull with an off target header from a Richard Taundry free kick, but two consecutive corners for the Pitmen provided all the evidence if it was needed, that new centre forward Glover signed from Nuneaton, was going to be a danger. After a good move from Moors on 14 minutes involving Story, Brown and English, it was indeed Glover who broke through the Solihull defence to set up Peers whose stinging shot was well saved by Tony Breeden.
Aaron Brown collided with the Home dug-out on 21 minutes resulting in a heavily bandaged wrist to add to Moors problems where Dom Langdon was already clearly in some difficulty with a leg injury. Solihull, nevertheless had some good fortune on 25 minutes when Breeden miss-kicked the ball to the edge of the 18 yard line but the Hednesford player, with an empty goal at his mercy, headed the ball straight back to the Solihull keeper. However, there was little he could do when Moors were dispossessed following a short Elvin’s pass across the middle of the park when Peers robbed Daly and coolly chipped Breeden for the opening goal.
Moors tried to get back at their hosts with the best chance falling to Junior English on a very tight one on one with ex moors shot stopper Crane where the Moorsman was hurt as he unsuccessfully tried to convert and collided with the keeper.
Jordan Gough was on for the injured Langdon from the restart and with just 10 minutes of the half gone Daly met a Taundry free kick and from six yards gave Crane no chance as the equaliser was smashed in. Breeden dived bravely at Peer’s feet to deny the winger as the Pitmen poured forward, and it was Peers again on 67 minutes going just wide of the left hand upright. Ryan Beswick replaced the limping English on 70 minutes and almost immediately he was through for a one on one with Crane but the bullet of a shot hit the underside of the crossbar and away to safety.
Both teams were searching for the elusive winner; Peers was again foiled by last man Breeden whilst Taylor hit the outside of the woodwork for Hednesford. Breeden made two excellent one handed saves but the home side was edging the game and on 85 minutes found the back of the net after good play between Robinson and Francis who scored the eventual winner. Moors might have salvaged something at the death but substitute Michael Taylor blasted over the bar from a pin point Taundry corner in the last minute of the game.
Full Time: Hednesford Town 2-1 Solihull Moors
Goal: Liam Daly
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Dominic Langdon (Jordan Gough 46), Jay Denny, Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Owen Story (Michael Taylor 79), Junior English (Ryan Beswick 69), Omar Bogle, Richard Taundry, Aaron Brown. Subs not used: Reece Fleet, Darren Byfield.