Tamworth 0 Solihull Moors 3
By Matt Roberts
*Moors Too Strong for Lambs*
]A warm summers evening greeted the Moors as they arrived at the Lamb to open their pre-season friendly schedule against Tamworth. It was Tim Flowers’ first game in total charge of the team and for new players Danny Wright, Ryan Boot, Alex Gudger and Luke Maxwell.
It is the first season for Tamworth in the Southern Premier League Central following their relegation last season from the National North and it was good to see so many ex Solihull players turning out for the Lambs (Jas Singh, Kristian Green, Joel Kettle, Akwasi Asante, Tristian Dunkley and Paul Green)
Moors started very much on the front foot with Kwame Thomas heading over from Kyle Storer’s cross and Singh saving well from Wright, already looking menacing. Jamey Osborne’s long-range effort was just wide, and Darren Carter cleared the bar. All of this in the first quarter hour.
With Wright and Jermaine Hylton building an early understanding Moors went close on 20 minutes when Wright put Hylton through with a delightful flick but having rounded two defenders his goal bound effort was well saved by Singh. Wright was caught off side as Solihull pressurised the Tamworth defence and his 20-yard curler was just wide.
The first goal arrived with 25 minutes played- Carter put through a defence splitting pass and in a one on one with Singh, Wright confidently found the back of the net. 0 – 1.
The pressure was relentless, and this time is was Thomas collection Hylton’s through ball giving the hapless Singh no chance as he found the corner of the goal. 0 – 2.
Storer forced Singh into a terrific reaction save as he shot from the edge of the box 5 minutes from half time. As referee Ellis looked at his watch Tamworth had their first shot at goal as Walters despatched a free kick from 25 yards, but new shot stopper Ryan Boot read it well as Moors finished the half two goals to the good.
Tamworth made a much better start from the interval with Dexter Walters clearing the cross bar, but it was Singh again keeping his team in with a chance as Hylton’s dipping shot was pushed over. However, when Osborne dispossessed Upton on the hour mark he took the ball passed two defenders before coolly slotting a low drive into the corner of the net from the edge of the box. 0 – 3.
Manager Flowers saw this as the opportunity to give some of the bench a showing as Carter, Storer, Wright and Osborne made way for Maxwell, Murphy, Jerrell Hylton and Callum Coyle.
Ex Moors Akwasi Asante was playing his usual marauding front position but with 15 minutes remaining he could not get the better of Boot from close range in what was the hosts best chance of the match.
Moors saw out the match with three trialists replacing Gudger, Carline and Jermaine Hylton but not before the powerful Birmingham City loanee, Luke Maxwell, stung Singh into action again from distance , the ex-Solihull keeper producing a brilliant diving save as the ball hurtled towards the corner of the goal.