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Solihull Moors
FC Halifax Town
Tue 30 Oct 19:45 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League Full time Attendance 915

Solihull Moors 0 FC Halifax Town 0

Stalemate at the ATG Stadium... reports John Clothier

Moors were at full strength apart from the injured Alex Gudger as they took on mid table FC Halifax Town at the Automated Technology Group Stadium last night. After 96 minutes and despite Moors dominating much of the game they failed to find that elusive goal and had to settle for just the one point.

Solihull were immediately pounding the Halifax goal with a Jamey Osborne cross in the first minute to Adi Yussuf cleared but straight back to the midfielder who then put Danny Wright through only for keeper Sam Johnson to make the first of many fine saves.
The Shayman’s first attack on 9 minutes saw Southwell volley a hard-low cross but it was wide – nevertheless a warning that the Halifax striker was yet again enjoying playing against Moors!

Moors continued to pressure the visitors 18-yard box but when they were awarded an indirect free kick some 10 yards out, Darren Carter’s curling effort towards the far post was brilliantly pushed away by Johnson. Again, the Halifax shot stopper was well placed as Osborne’s 30-yard free kick was collected by Harry Flowers but the shot was well saved. Yussuf headed for goal from Jamie Reckord’s pin point cross but Johnson was equal to it.

vs FC Halifax Town - 30/10/2018
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Halifax were, however, getting their game together and starting to hit Solihull on the break but two successive corners were both headed over the bar. Ryan Boots’ early reaction as he raced out of his area cleared another attack. Southwell found space to split the Solihull defence with a cross from the right but there was nobody there to capitalise.

Moors pressure did, however, bring about a penalty on the half hour mark when Jermaine Hylton was hacked to the ground from behind by Shayman skipper Brown - Wright stepped up to blast the ball way over the cross bar. The Moors midfielder needed the physio before he could continue and would be substituted later as a result of that tackle

On 34 minutes Reckord found Hylton in the box – it was a great header towards the near post but yet again Johnson scrambled it away with a superb one-handed diving save despite protestations from the Solihull players that the ball had actually crossed the line. Yussuf was brought down in the penalty area but referee Smith signalled no foul.

It was everything but the kitchen sink as Moors pounded the visitors; Osborne’s 20 yarder was over, Reckord was causing all manner of problems down the left flank but his cross to Wright was headed onto the goal netting. Hylton put Yussuf away as half time beckoned but Johnson was waiting and finally before the half time whistle, Wright flicked the ball to Darren Carter but Johnson thwarted his long range effort at the second attempt

Last action of the half went to the Shaymen as Matty Kosylo got on the end of a free kick, pulled the ball back to Edwards, but the shot was cleared

Goal less at half time was very disappointing but perhaps ominous

Halifax looked more settled as play resumed but Moors were still on the front foot. Hylton picked up a loose ball on 55 minutes but his cross eluded the attack whilst two Osborne free kicks failed to cause any problems.

Just passed the hour mark an Osborne corner was nodded down by Flowers but Hylton shot over the bar. Again, Osborne got the attack going but his ball to Carter resulted in a cross with nobody available to convert. Hylton limped off on 69 minutes to be replaced by Matty Stenson and another substitution quickly followed at Kwame Thomas replaced Wright.

Osborne played a delightful chip to Reckord but again the final shot went over. Stenson too cleared the cross bar. At the other end the dangerous Southwell elicited a quite brilliant low save from Ryan Boot.

It was now end to end play as both teams looked for the elusive goal. Stenson was finding space on the flanks and his curler with 5 minutes left on the clock just needed a toe poke but Yussuf, at full stretch, cleared the bar.

Three additional minutes failed to change the game which ended 0 - 0 with a point for both teams.

A philosophical Tim Flowers summed it up:
“To watch football of that calibre must be a real bonus for the Solihull Moors supporters."
I could not be any happier with the way they played.
In football you never disrespect a point, ever!”

All the front runners’ in the league won last night apart from Leyton Orient who drew with Eastleigh. Moors drop to sixth in the table just three points behind leaders Salford

On Saturday they host 11th placed Boreham Wood at the ATG Stadium kick off 3.00 pm

Man of the Match Tyrone Williams

Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer © (Maxwell), Daly, Osborne, Carter, Yussuf, Hylton (Stenson), Flowers, Wright (Thomas). Subs Not Used - Carline, O’Keeffe

Report from John Clothier Photos Courtesy of Tom King


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vs FC Halifax Town - 30/10/2018
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Highlights

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85:00 Sub Off
Kyle Storer is substituted off for Solihull Moors
85:00 Sub On
Luke Maxwell is substituted on for Solihull Moors
71:00 Sub Off
Danny Wright is substituted off for Solihull Moors
71:00 Sub On
Kwame Thomas is substituted on for Solihull Moors
68:00 Sub Off
Jermaine Hylton is substituted off for Solihull Moors
68:00 Sub On
Matty Stenson is substituted on for Solihull Moors
End of period 1
31:00 Missed Penalty
Danny Wright misses a penalty for Solihull Moors
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Solihull Moors
  • FC Halifax Town
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  • Danny Wright Missed Penalty 31:00'
  • Jermaine Hylton Sub Off 68:00'
  • Matty Stenson Sub On 68:00'
  • Danny Wright Sub Off 71:00'
  • Kwame Thomas Sub On 71:00'
  • Kyle Storer Sub Off 85:00'
  • Luke Maxwell Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Boot, Ryan Boot, Ryan
Williams, Tyrone Williams, Tyrone
Reckord, Jamie Reckord, Jamie
Yussuf, Adi Yussuf, Adi
Daly, Liam Daly, Liam
Flowers, Harry Flowers, Harry
Osborne, Jamey Osborne, Jamey
Storer, Kyle Storer, Kyle
Hylton, Jermaine Hylton, Jermaine
Carter, Darren Carter, Darren
Wright, Danny Wright, Danny

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Wrexham 19 41
2. Leyton Orient 19 40
3. Salford City 19 39
4. Harrogate Town 19 37
5. Solihull Moors 19 36
6. AFC Fylde 19 35
7. Sutton United 18 33

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