Solihull Moors are pleased to announce the signing of Alex Dean from Coalville Town, the right-sided player having impressed during the FA Trophy tie between the two sides last month. Alex joined the Northern Premier One South side in the summer from Bedworth United who he had helped win promotion from the Southern League in 2012. It was his second spell with Bedworth having also spent time at Nuneaton Town playing with his twin brother Gaz Dean.
With Solihull unable to compete financially with other clubs in this league, this continues the clubs transfer policy of looking to unearth hidden gems playing at lower levels, and giving them the chance to impress in the Skrill North. It is hoped that Alex will follow the example set by summer signings Jordan Gough and Michael Nottingham who have both made a successful transition to this level.
It was back in September that Moors defeated North Ferriby in their first ever league meeting. The Villagers have not been beaten in the league since October but now they faced the league leaders and another hard physical game, came as no surprise.
After two early attacks from Ferriby, Moors dominated the first 45 minutes. On six minutes Omar Bogle cut in from the left and unleashed a fierce shot at keeper Nicklin. Darryl Knights headed wide five minutes later and was unlucky with his volley from the edge of the box following a long throw from Langdon and tap on from Elvins. Ferriby had a rare attack on 20 minutes when Wilson was denied by a well timed tackle from Rob Elvins whilst Hone headed straight into the arms of Jas Singh. Mid-way through the half a last ditch tackle from Peat halted Michael Nottingham, before Beswick fired just over the bar and on 34 minutes Matt Birley’s effort from the edge of the box was well saved by Nicklin.
As the interval approached Wilson shot high and wide but as the game moved into added time Bogle struck for Moors; taking a perfect pass from Birch, the big striker held off a challenge from Hone before rounding the keeper and rolling the ball into the net for his 15th goal of the season. It was no more than Solihull deserved sending them in 1- 0 up at the break.
The hosts were a different team in the second half, although the pace and power of Bogle provided a constant threat when Moors broke. Nevertheless on 62 minutes it was Anthony Wilson who rose highest from a Yates corner to head home the equaliser despite a valiant effort from Singh. Five minutes later it was the Moors keeper who bravely dived at the feet of Matt Wilson before turning another Anthony Wilson shot around the post. Having weathered the storm for most of the half Moors finished with three successive corners with five minutes left, and although Ferriby broke away from the third Jarman fired well over the bar.
It was a fair result to this evenly balanced battle with strangely neither manager using any of the substitutes.
With the chasing pack of six clubs in the league not producing any wins at all, the result sees Moors remain at the top of the table with North Ferriby in second place. Moors next match is in two weeks time away to Barrow who currently prop up the Skrill North division.
Full Time: North Ferriby 1 - 1 Solihull Moors
Goal: Omar Bogle (45mins)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Michael Blackwood, Reece Fleet, Rob Elvins (c), Dominic Langdon, Mathew Birley, Gary Birch, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Stuart Pierpoint, Darren Acton, Jay Denny, Aron Wint, Michael Taylor.
On a cold Tuesday night Moors took on high flyers Brackley Town knowing a win would elevate their league position from seventh to top, leap frogging them over six clubs including their visitors. Brackley however, are a class outfit who missed out last season on promotion in the play-off final, and this year are already through to Saturday’s second round of the FA Cup.
Moors set out their intentions from the first blow of the whistle with a an immediate flurry in the Brackley goal-mouth quickly followed by a 30 yard chip just wide of the keeper from thirty yards courtesy of Reece Fleet. On ten minutes Rob Elvins out-jumped a packed defence to meet a Ryan Beswick corner but the header was wide. A minute later Gary Birch got on the end of a trade mark long throw from Dom Langdon, and fired through a melee of legs before reaching Turley in the Brackley goal.
The breakthrough came on 13 minutes when Omar Bogle found Darryl Knights on the right wing, and as the big centre forward rose to meet the return cross just inside the box, he was clattered to the ground. Referee Dexter pointed immediately to the penalty spot and Bogle stepped up to smash the ball in to the net, Turley hardly moving. It was Bogle’s fifteenth successive conversion bringing his goal tally in the league to 12, the second highest in Skrill North this season.
On 20 minutes Bogle put in a low cross to Birch who twisted and fired first time towards the corner of the net only to see it ricochet off a defender on the line. Moors continued to press forward with Birley producing more of his runs straight at their defence. Inevitably Brackley would break but their finishing in the final third was well controlled by Moors back four. On 26 Blackwood on a run down the left wing crossed to Bogle who turned and fully connected but the shot was straight at the keeper. The visitors best chance came on 35 minutes when Solkhon met a curling cross but headed over and from theron in the remainder of the half was controlled by Solihull.
The second half was a dogged affair with both teams trying to impose their will on the game but not making the necessary penetration in the final third. Jas Singh had a relatively quiet evening dealing easily with the numerous crosses floated into the Moors box with the back four keeping Brackley away from the danger area. Brackley’s shout for a penalty on the hour mark was waved away by the Referee and a well struck Reid free kick from the edge of the box met with an equally fine save from Jas Singh as the ball hurtled towards the top right hand corner of the net. Turley in the Brackley goal put in a commanding performance thwarting Moors attacks on several occasions. Then at the end of normal time a one on one between Birley and Turley saw a terrific reflex save as the Moorsman shot from 5 yards to keep the score at 1-0 as the match went into a fruitless five additional minutes.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 - 0 Brackley Town
Goal: Omar Bogle (13 mins)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Michael Blackwood, Reece Fleet, Rob Elvins (c), Dominic Langdon, Mathew Birley, Gary Birch, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Stuart Pierpoint, Darren Acton, Jay Denny, Aron Wint, Peter Till.
Moors built on last weeks solid performance at Altrincham to out class Harrogate Town on Saturday. A brace for leading scorer Omar Bogle and a Ryan Beswick special put the icing on the cake on a day when Moors dominated all but the opening 15 minutes. Harrogate’s Chris Hall provided the first chance of the match after 2 minutes but his header was over the bar and their new signing from Bradford Park Avenue, Steve Mallory hit a thirty yarder in the opening foray which caused Jas Singh little problems. That proved to be Town’s only shot on target in the whole 90 minutes. Town suffered a blow after 20 minutes, when skipper, Shane Killock limped off to be replaced by Leigh Franks and from that moment Moors took the game to their visitors.
Moors might have opened their account on 22 minutes when Dom Langdon’s long throw was back-headed to an unsuspecting Harrogate goalkeeper, and should have taken the advantage a minute later when Gary Birch found Knights on the right wing whose defence splitting cross gave Beswick a simple head at goal but MacGillivray produced a wonder save to push the ball onto the upright and away to safety. However on 25 minutes the breakthrough came as Bogle pounced on one of Moors many free kicks and slotted a low shot into the right hand corner of the net. Town battled as Moors poured forward, their best chances both coming from Hall firstly denied by Singh diving at his feet and then wide of the post from a free header. At the other end Knights, Birch and Bogle were a constant threat and Birch missed a chance just before the half time whistle when Bogle‘s pass six yards out was a fraction too strong for a comfortable strike.
Harrogate opened the second half with Nowakowski heading over Nelthorpe’s free kick, but that was the last danger for Moors. On 54 minutes Matt Birley produced a solo run through the Town defence riding two suspicious tackles before the referee, having played the advantage, awarded a free kick. It was just one of many as Moors dominated but it took until 70 minutes before the second goal arrived, Michael Nottingham hit a long ball out of defence to Birch who rounded his defender to lay on an inch perfect pass to the incoming Beswick who smashed it into the roof of the net passed the hapless MacGillivray. Bogle, Birch and Langdon all had chances but with minutes remaining, brilliant control from Darryl Knights on the left side of the box opened up a pass to Aron Wint on the overlap, and although the keeper parried the shot, Omar Bogle was waiting eight yards out to roll in Moors third goal.
The win sees Moors in seventh place just 2 points behind the five joint league leaders who are all on 32 points. They face high flying Brackley on Tuesday night and are away to another of the top teams, North Ferriby next Saturday. With Guiseley progressing in the FA Trophy, the home league game against the Lions scheduled for Saturday 14th December will now be re-arranged for a later date.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 3 - 0 Harrogate Town
Goals: Omar Bogle (25 and 88 mins), Ryan Beswick (70 mins)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Michael Blackwood, Reece Fleet, Rob Elvins (c), Dominic Langdon, Mathew Birley, Gary Birch (Aron Wint 84), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick (Jay Denny 90), Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Stuart Pierpoint, Michael Taylor, Peter Till.
Had it not been for just one elementary error in defence and the closest of headers in added time Moors could well have taken all three points as they travelled to second in the league Altrincham, but as it was they returned home pointless but with renewed confidence in their ability to mix it with the best after a number of disappointing recent outings.
It was honours even for the opening period with Moors first chance coming through skilful work from Matt Birley but Omar Bogle was dispossessed before he got his shot in, and from a Ryan Beswick free kick deep in the Altrincham half, Michael Nottingham failed to bother the impressive keeper Coburn. Michael Blackwood put over a deep cross after more clever play from Birley but there was nobody on the end of it. Altrincham had Coburn to thank again as Beswick despatched a curling free kick over the wall which looked destined for the top right hand corner only to see the finger tips of the shot stopper push the ball out for a corner. On 17 minutes The Robins hit Moors on the break; Densmore put in a cross from the right which sailed over the Solihull defence and hosts front line, but well off the ball Walshaw went down following a push by Michael Nottingham giving referee Copeland no choice but to award the penalty. Walshaw stroked it home sending Singh the wrong way. Moors hit back with a pin point cross from Jordan Gough but again there was no one there to convert. Reece Fleet tried his luck from 25 yards but Coburn was equal to it, whilst Bogle from another Gough cross, failed to hit the mark. As the first half ebbed away Moors were awarded a free kick when the irrepressible Bogle was floored as he powered forward, Beswick’s free kick beating the keeper but agonisingly inches wide of the upright.
With Stuart Pierpoint on for Nottingham from the start of the second half it was all Moors but a resolute Altrincham back four was proving impenetrable. On 54 minutes, Gough threaded a pass through to Beswick in the six yard box but the shot struck the outside of the post as Coburn narrowed the angle. Bogle brought out a fine save by Coburn on the hour mark. Beswick’s bicycle kick on 72 minutes landed safely in the keeper’s arms and on 80 minutes he denied him again from a fiercely struck 20 yarder. With Michael Taylor and Gary Birch on for Denny and Blackwood, Moors poured forward with the best move of the match coming in added time when Beswick’s free kick cleared the entire Robin’s defence only for Birch’s header to agonisingly inch over the crossbar.
Moors will be disappointed not to have secured at least a point from their dogged performance against a team who have hardly been out of the top four all season. They will however, take many positives from an afternoon where Jas Singh was rarely bothered. After a slight wobble recently Solihull looked back to almost their best and will relish Saturday’s home league match against Harrogate Town (3.00 pm)
Full Time: Altrincham 1 - 0 Solihull Moors
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham (Stuart Pierpoint HT), Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Michael Taylor 74), Rob Elvins (c), Dominic Langdon, Mathew Birley, Reece Fleet, Omar Bogle, Michael Blackwood (Gary Birch 79). Subs not used: Darryl Knights, Aron Wint
Solihull Moors are pleased to announce that Tim Delaney has been appointed as the club's new football secretary. Tim will replace Robin Lamb who has joined Kidderminster Harriers in a full time capacity.
"On behalf of the club I wish Robin every success and thank him for all his time and effort. In Tim Delaney we are confident we have appointed a first class secretary who has had experience at this level and whilst we will miss Robin, Tim will be more than an adequate replacement." Nigel Collins, Chairman
Solihull Moors Boys U11s are on the look out for outfield players to complement their unbeaten Division 1 side. Having scored 25 goals, and conceded a misery 4 goals in six league games, Moors are looking to recruit players due to academy trials. Coaching is based upon learning the game in a fun environment, and a strong working ethic. If you would like further information please contact: Pete Breese on 07886966123 or Steve Askin on 07557447808.
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The prospect of a home game against lower league opposition in The FA trophy was as much as Moors could have hoped for but Coalville Town from the Northern Premier Division One South had total belief in their ability to cause one of the rounds biggest upsets.
As the teams weighed up each other Solihull threatened to be first to open the scoring. With seven minutes gone Fleet found Wint who put in a defence splitting cross just cleared by the keeper in front of Junior English and three minutes later Garry Birch took the ball on his chest and smashed it goalwards as he turned on the spot only to see it rebound off the cross bar. However if anything it galvanised the visitors with Saunders on target effort foiled by Singh’s legs and with Moors being caught by quick breaks down the left, Coalville’s precision passes into the box were menacing. Moors pressed forward but their attacks were breaking down in the final third. On 25 minutes Singh saved superbly from Alex Dean whose stinging 12 yard effort was pushed around for a corner, and it was the Moors shot stopper again 5 minutes later who denied Carney as the Coalville Striker carved through Moors defence.
Moors made the better start after the interval but it was not long before The Ravens were back in thick of things. Saunders was off target from Dean’s cross from the right flank whilst Woodward dragged his shot wide with only Singh to beat. Junior English was on the end of good work from Wint and Fleet but the final effort easily cleared the cross bar, whilst Gough and Birch suffered missed opportunities. Blackwood replaced Birch with 20 minutes remaining. Then on 75 minutes Solihull failed to deal with a corner in the six yard box leaving Jenno with a one on one with Singh, and although he did well to deny the powerful header, Carney was first to the rebound to slot Coalville in front from close range.
Moors hit back with Elvins and Bogle close whilst Dom Langdon’s long throws were finding a chink in the Coalville armour. Birley was on for Denny on 80 minutes but matters went from bad to worse with three minutes of normal time remaining when a mix up between Singh and Elvins allowed Saunders to tap into an empty net to double the deficit.
As the match ebbed away Moors threw everything at the visitors and with one minute of added time played, a curling corner from Michael Blackwood found the back of the net. Alas too late to save Moors passage through to the next round of the competition. Full credit to Coalville who did not allow Solihull to settle for the whole 90 minutes and who took their chances well.
Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 - 2 Coalville Town
Goal: Michael Blackwood (90)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Stuart Pierpoint, Jordi Gough, Jay Denny (Mathew Birley), Rob Elvins (c), Dominic Langdon, Aron Wint, Reece Fleet, Omar Bogle, Junior English, Gary Birch (Michael Blackwood). Subs not used: Michael Nottingham, Darren Acton, Ryan Beswick
From the start Moors took the game to their visitors with a 20 yard bullet from Jordi Gough on three minutes producing the first of many fine saves from Sunderland loanee keeper Joel Dixon. The Reds had an early opportunity on six minutes when Wright screwed a cross in to the box which skimmed off the head of Jackson with an empty net begging, and a minute later a cross from the left eluded not only Moors defence but the Workington front line. With play flowing end to end Moors opened the scoring on 17 minutes, Junior English crossed into the box for Bogle and his accurate pass saw Darryl Knight’s side foot from 12 yards giving Dixon no chance.
Moors piled on the pressure with Till and Knights dragging the Workington defence wide on either flank but it was Michael Nottingham who went closest with a stunning volley from 18 yards on 22 minutes, just edged round the post. Solihull were nevertheless fortunate with six minutes of the half remaining, when a long high cross was caught by Singh at the second attempt, but the lead was preserved as Referee Radford blew for half time.
The game re-started with both teams playing fast open football, Jas Singh diving bravely at the feet of McLuckie after just 5 minutes to prevent an equaliser. Rob Elvin’s 55 minute header from a Beswick corner was inches wide, whilst almost immediately Bogle shot down the left flank but his pass into the box was overrun by the incoming English. Workington hit Solihull on the break on 65 minutes and a weak back pass allowed Hindmarsh to get behind the Moors defence and his shot off the inside of the boot was too good for Singh as the Reds levelled the score. Darryl Knights linked well with Gough to produce a cross from close range across the goal mouth but there was nobody there for a simple tap in.
Workington were denied by Singh on 68 minutes when a thunderbolt from Lynch was parried on to the bar and away to safety and it was the Solihull shot stopper again with 15 minutes left who kept his side in the game with a superb save from a blistering Jackson free kick from the 18 yard line. Omar Bogle went close when he collected a cross in the box but his lob was a foot over the bar. Gough saw his shot easily clear the bar with 3 minutes to go and in the last of 4 minutes added time, with the last action of the match, Beswick threw himself in for a low header from Gough’s cross but Dixon just managed to save for Workington. It ended, 1 – 1, a result which leaves Moors occupying the last play off position.
Moors are back in action in the Third Round Qualifier of the FA Trophy when they host Coalville Town next Saturday at the Autotech Stadium. It will be the first ever meeting of the two clubs, but Coalville who are second in the Northern Premier League Division One South are averaging 3 goals per match this season and the game has all the hallmarks of a pulsating cup tie. Kick Off is at 3.00 pm
Full Time: Solihull Moors 1 - 1 Workington
Goal: Darryl Knights (17)
Solihull Moors: Jasbir Singh, Michael Nottingham, Jordi Gough, Jay Denny, Rob Elvins(c), Dom Langdon, Peter Till (Michael Taylor 89), Ryan Beswick, Omar Bogle, Junior English (Michael Blackwood 82), Darryl Knights (Aron Wint 82). Subs not used: Stuart Pierpoint, Reece Fleet.
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Solihull Moors have been drawn at home to Northern Premier League Division One South side Coalville Town in the 3rd Qualifying Round. The game will take place at the Autotech Stadium on Saturday 16th November at 3.00pm. The last two season's in the Trophy have seen the Moors on both occasions go out to the eventual winners, York in 2011-12 and Wrexham in 2012-13. The Leicestershire side are having a good season sitting second in the league, and have already beaten Stratford Town, Stafford Rangers and Marine to reach this stage of the competition.