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Solihull Moors
Hartlepool United
K Storer (18' Sent Off)
Full time
L Noble (58')
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League Attendance 1,311

Solihull Moors 0 Hartlepool United 1


"Hart"break for Ten Men Moors - Report from John Clothier

Summer had gone from the ATG Stadium as Hartlepool arrived on a damp day with persistent fine but soaking rain. The pitch was its usual immaculate state, but it was very slippery and at the end of 90 minutes that just may have had a say in Moors first home defeat this season albeit a narrow one.

“Pools” have only lost one game during the current campaign and having taken 15 points from their last 5 games were full of confidence. Although Moors had Kwame Thomas back on the bench and a fully fit Jamey Osborne, they were without the suspended Jamie Reckord.

Solihull made a strong start with Jermaine Hylton cutting in from the left before being clattered in the box although referee Hulme waved play on. Jamey Osborne found Adi Yussuf in front of goal, but the Moors striker could not get a shot in. The ball came back to Osborne but the shot was pushed around the post by Keeper Loach.

vs Hartlepool United - 08/09/2018
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As Hartlepool launched their first meaningful attack, ominously Adi Yussuf was left sitting on the pitch as play went on around him – something was clearly wrong (later diagnosed as a groin injury) and he was immediately substituted for Kwame Thomas.

With “Pools “now getting into the game disaster struck on 19 minutes when Kyle Storer was red carded for a dangerous tackle as he slid in on Featherstone. Manager Flowers opted to carry on with the ten remaining players on the pitch but a game changer, it certainly would prove to be.

Osborne was upended some 25 yards out but his free kick to Liam Daly saw Loach perfectly placed. Hylton crossed from the left with a trademark outside footer but Danny Wright could not reach it. Loach dropped the ensuing corner but there were no Moors players there to take advantage. Darren Carter put Hylton away down the left flank but the cross was screwed back too far.

It was a great reply to the sending off but inevitably “Pools” were beginning to exploit the extra space. That said there were only three minutes of the half remaining when Ryan Boot was called upon to make his first meaningful save when Muir blasted from the edge of the box.
The last action of the half fell to the visitors but again Boot saved well.

Goalless at the interval was as much as Moors could have hoped for.

First action after the restart fell to the visitors with Muir in a one on one with Boot but the Moors shot stopper was first to the ball. Luke James let fly from 18 yards with the partially cleared ball dropping for Kitchen who hit the side netting, whist on eight minutes Boot made a tremendous one handed save as Muir, on the end of Featherstone’s pass, looked certain to score.

However, Hartlepool took the lead on 58 minutes when skipper Liam Noble teed himself up on the edge of the box to curl the ball into the far corner. 0 – 1.

Moors to their credit continued to swim against the tide; Osborne ‘s powerful run down the left saw his shot agonisingly wide of the upright and it was Osborne again, this time taking Wrights pass but firing over. In fact, at the midpoint stage of the half Solihull were having their best spell of the match but inevitably with ten men were susceptible to brakes.

With 20 minutes left on the clock Donaldson picked up a cross at the far post from Kitchen as it sailed over defence and attack alike but his volley hit the bar and away to safety.

Tim Flowers decided that it was time for fresh legs and Corey O’Keeffe replaced Danny Wright, with Dan Sweeney taking over from George Carline.

There was, however no way back and the visitors continued to press; Ryan Boot saved from Kioso at point blank range whilst Moors had to thank the calm but impressive Alex Gudger as he brilliantly defended a potential one on one.

It was a spirited effort from Solihull but the sending off just too high a mountain to climb.

The result sees Moors in tenth position with 16 points whilst Hartlepool move up to fourth on 19. All teams have now played 10 games.

Next Saturday Moors travel to Dover Athletic who unusually for them occupy the second from bottom position in the league. They are, however, never to be underestimated!

Match Sponsor “Gas Centre” Man of the Match Jamey Osborne

Moors: Boot, Williams, Storer, Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter, Yussuf (Thomas 8), Hylton, Carline (Sweeney 78), Wright (O’Keeffe 78). Subs Not Used: Maxwell, Murphy.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Magnay, Anderson, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin (Woods 71), Kitching, Muir, James. Subs Not Used: Richardson, Hawkes, Newton, Dinanga.

Attendance 1311 (341 Hartlepool)

Report from John Clothier Photos Courtesy of Tom King

Key moments

Red Card Kyle Storer is sent off for Solihull Moors
Goal Liam Noble scores for Hartlepool United

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vs Hartlepool United - 08/09/2018
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90:00 +3:00 Yellow Card
Jamey Osborne is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
90:00 Yellow Card
Tyrone Williams is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
78:00 Sub Off
George Carline is substituted off for Solihull Moors
78:00 Sub On
Daniel Sweeney is substituted on for Solihull Moors
78:00 Sub Off
Danny Wright is substituted off for Solihull Moors
78:00 Sub On
Corey O'Keeffe is substituted on for Solihull Moors
58:00 Goal 0 - 1
Liam Noble scores for Hartlepool United
End of period 1
18:00 Red Card 0 - 0
Kyle Storer is sent off for Solihull Moors
8:00 Sub Off
Adi Yussuf is substituted off for Solihull Moors
8:00 Sub On
Kwame Thomas is substituted on for Solihull Moors
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Solihull Moors
  • Hartlepool United
  • 0
  • Adi Yussuf Sub Off 8:00'
  • Kwame Thomas Sub On 8:00'
  • Kyle Storer Red Card 18:00'
  • Liam Noble Goal 58:00'
  • George Carline Sub Off 78:00'
  • Daniel Sweeney Sub On 78:00'
  • Danny Wright Sub Off 78:00'
  • Corey O'Keeffe Sub On 78:00'
  • Tyrone Williams Yellow Card 90:00'
  • Jamey Osborne Yellow Card 90:00 +3:00'

Team selection

Boot, Ryan Boot, Ryan
Williams, Tyrone Williams, Tyrone
Carline, George Carline, George
Yussuf, Adi Yussuf, Adi
Gudger, Alex Gudger, Alex
Daly, Liam Daly, Liam
Osborne, Jamey Osborne, Jamey
Storer, Kyle Storer, Kyle
Hylton, Jermaine Hylton, Jermaine
Carter, Darren Carter, Darren
Wright, Danny Wright, Danny
Solihull Moors
Hartlepool United
  • 1. Scott Loach
  • 2. Peter Kioso
  • 3. Mark Kitching
  • 4. Carl Magnay
  • 5. Liam Noble
  • 6. Ryan Donaldson
  • 7. Niko Muir-Merchant
  • 8. Nicky Featherstone
  • 9. Myles Anderson
  • 10. Patrick McLaughlin
  • 11. Luke James
  • 12. Joshua Hawkes
  • 13. Michael Woods
  • 14. Kenton Richardson
  • 15. Conor Newton
  • 16. Marcus Dinanga

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Leyton Orient 46 89
2. Solihull Moors 46 86
3. Salford City 46 85
4. Wrexham 46 84
5. AFC Fylde 46 81
6. Harrogate Town 46 74
7. Eastleigh 46 74

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