Leamington 1 Solihull Moors 3
By Luke Turner
Moors make it three out of three...
Solihull Moors completed their third pre-season outing with a 3-1 victory against Leamington at the Phillips 66 Community Stadium.
Inside the opening five minutes, Tony Breeden found himself way off his line as Jordan Murphy nicked the ball off the Leamington ‘keeper only to be taken out. The resulting free kick fell to Terry Hawkridge on the edge of the area, but he volleyed just wide.
It was former Brakes striker Matt Stenson who broke the deadlock – and in some style. Yet again, Breeden was off his line as the ball dropped to Stenson 40-plus yards out who smashed it on the half-volley and into the net.
The hosts equalised on the 25-minute mark as Cieron Keane got to the byline and dinked a dangerous ball to the back post that was diverted into his own net by Harry Flowers, who failed to clear.
After a solid block from Liam Daly at one end, Hawkridge broke at the other. The winger glided past his man after cutting inside but was just halted before getting into a position to shoot.
Despite his early antics, Breeden did well to save from Danny Wright after the forward found some space inside the area before forcing the ‘keeper into a firm block.
Half-time: Leamington 1-1 Solihull Moors
Solihull regained their lead seven minutes into the second period as Murphy drew a foul on the edge of the area. Hawkridge stepped up and fired the resulting free kick into the corner of the net, giving Breeden no chance.
A sweeping move saw Storer clip a ball into Stenson who then nodded down for Wright, before the striker saw his effort comfortably held by Breeden.
Tim Flowers utilised his bench on the hour mark, making eight changes to the side.
Murphy almost added a third for Moors as he hit a shot into the ground that struck the top of the bar and went away from any danger.
Kaiman Anderson looked to turn in the Solihull box, but his effort rolled narrowly wide via a deflection.
Murphy did add his name to the scoresheet as substitute Paul McCallum found the on-rushing midfielder who smartly poked past Breeden.
Full-time: Leamington 1-3 Solihull Moors
Boot, Carline (Vaughan 61), Daly (Williams 61), Flowers (Gudger 61), Reckord (Bushaj 61), Storer (Carter 61), Murphy, Nesbitt (Osborne 61), Hawkridge (Blissett 61), Stenson, Wright (McCallum 61).