Solihull Moors 5 Bromley 0
By John Clothier
Five Star Performance from the Mighty Moors
Moors cemented their play off position with a five-goal demolition of Bromley, their best result in the National League. In wet conditions Solihull went about their task with a belief that fans have seen building over the season and produced a first half of four goals, again a club record.
With just 2 minutes played a Darren Carter corner was met by the head of Alex Gudger leaving keeper Gregory with no chance.1 – 0
Jermaine Hylton went on a solo run down the left flank but having skimmed passed Jordan Higgs, was wide of the post.
Darren Carter received a questionable yellow card after a tussle with Sutherland but responded with a contender for goal of the season on 10 minutes; Hylton mesmerised the Raven’s defence again on the left side before an inch perfect screw back to Carter some 25 yards out saw the Moorsman briefly look up before smashing a screamer into the top of the net. 2-0.
Hylton was proving unstoppable and having rounded Higgs fired for home from an acute angle - it looked goal bound but when it ricocheted off Danny Wright’s knee, again Gregory was stranded.3 – 0.
Moors pressure was relentless. Tyrone Williams cross was not held by the Bromley keeper and Hylton stole in only to see his shot cleared off the line. It came straight out to Wright but was again headed off the line from short range. Wright was there again a minute later in a one on one with Gregory but his shot was high. Jamey Osborne produced a pulsating solo run on the right flank but Gregory was equal to the shot.
Bromley launched their first attack of the afternoon with just over half an hour played; Captain Jack Holland, playing as a striker, was through with Ryan Boot standing between him and the goal but was off target. Ogedi-Uzokwe’s cross was dangerous but there was nobody to take advantage.
Moors, however, were looking for number four before the half time whistle; Carter went inches over from 25 yards but then in the third minute of added time Osborne’s irresistible low cross found Wright in the box who side footed the ball into the net to send Moors in at the break four goals to the good.
Solihull were soon back in action as the second forty-five got underway; Osborne’s corner was headed over by Wright, whilst Hylton’s effort hit the side netting,
Adi Yussuf replaced the tiring Hylton on 56 minutes and the Moors striker was immediately in the thick of things with his first shot of the game blocked - Carter followed up but his left footed shot was just wide. Ryan Boot had a rare save on the hour mark from Sutherland who drove the ball straight to the Moors shot stopper.
Osborne’s shot across the mouth of the goal was wide notwithstanding a deft touch from Yussuf whilst Kwame Thomas found himself booked for an innocuous tackle. The Ravens had another chance when a poor clearance was blasted well wide.
Luke Maxwell replaced Carter and on 72 minutes the fifth goal arrived; Jamey Osborne produced a typical run at the Bromley defence coming from right to left across the 18-yard box – with a step over he glided past Johnson before unleashing a low strike in the near corner.5 – 0
With George Carline on for Williams Moors were still very much on the front foot. Corey O’Keeffe’s pin point long range pass to Reckord resulted in a cut back to Yussuf but the shot was cleared off the line. A well-timed interception by the Blues loanee saw his subsequent shot so close but wide and an opportunist 35 yarder from Osborne cleared the bar.
Four added minutes proved to be a double-edged sword for Solihull; Yussuf was denied by Gregory after Carline’s cross but then Thomas received his second yellow card and dismissal. The Moors striker was running with the ball towards goal in the 18-yard box when to say he was clattered would have seemed an understatement. The Moors fans eagerly awaited a penalty decision but referee Bourne decided it was a dive and produced the yellow and red cards.
Apart from that this was a wonderful display by the Mighty Moors which sees them up to sixth in the league table and a much-improved goal difference.
On Tuesday they host Dagenham and Redbridge at the Automated Technology group Stadium (KO 7.45 pm) and next Saturday its their first visit to newly promoted Havant and Waterlooville.
Sponsors Man of the Match Corey O’Keeffe
Boot, Williams (Carline), Reckord, Daly ©, Gudger, Osborne, Carter (Maxwell), Hylton (Yussuf), Thomas, Wright, O’Keeffe. Subs not used: Sweeney, Murphey
PS Alex Gudger and Danny Wright both in the Non League paper Team of the Day-well done both!
Report from John Clothier Photos Courtesy of Tom King