Halesowen Town 1 Solihull Moors 3
By Luke Turner
Moors get pre-season going...
Solihull Moors were 3-1 victors over Halesowen Town at Old Hawne Lane in their first pre-season outing ahead of the 2019/20 season.
The Moors created the first opportunity as a smart move result in Jordan Murphy shooting narrowly wide from the edge of the area.
It took just seven minutes for the deadlock to be broken. Murphy collected the ball from a short corner before crossing for summer signing Paul McCallum who rose highest and headed past Brendon Bunn.
Luke Maxwell did will to win a 50-50 in midfield before McCallum found Terry Hawkridge. The winger cut inside and unleased an effort that was deflected just over the bar.
The hosts had their first sight as midfielder Robbie Bunn took aim from distance but found the gloves of Ryan Boot, who held comfortably.
Tim Flowers was forced into a first-half substitution as Maxwell limped off, with youngster Melis Bushaj replacing him.
Mitch Hancox almost made and scored a goal of his own. First, his whipped cross was just missed by Murphy in the middle, before he then forced Bunn into a save at his near post.
Half-time: Halesowen Town 0-1 Solihull Moors
A completely different XI was named in the second period as the Moors gave 45 minutes to two sets of players.
The Yeltz got in behind Moors’ backline, but the trialist in goal did well to hold a low strike from Montel Gibson.
A neat flick from Danny Wright looked to have played Dan Sweeney in, but the forward hesitated and the opportunity was missed.
Matt Stenson thought he had doubled the Moors’ lead, but the linesman’s flag was up quickly. Callum Coyle played a defence-splitting ball to Wright, but the striker was immediately flagged.
Sweeney won a free kick in a dangerous position on the edge of the area. Ryan Nesbitt stepped up and forced the ‘keeper into a smart save as he pushed away, with no one there to follow up.
Halesowen equalised with 10 minutes left on the clock. A strike from distance was spilled by the trialist, before Isai Marselia reacted first to tap home.
However, Solihull regained the lead moments later as Jamie Reckord crossed to the backpost where Nesbitt was waiting to volley home with his right boot.
The icing was put onto the cake as Coyle played in Stenson for a simple tap home.
Full time: Halesowen Town 1-3 Solihull Moors
First half: Boot, Carline, Daly, Williams, Hancox, Storer, Maxwell (Bushaj 36), Murphy, Hawkridge, Blissett, McCallum.
Second half: Trialist, Vaughan, Flowers, Gudger, Reckord, Carter, Coyle, Nesbitt, Sweeney, Stenson, Wright.