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1st Team - Match centre

Braintree Town
Solihull Moors
Full time
D Wright (46'), A Yussuf (53'), M Stenson (59')
Sat 17 Nov 12:30 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League Attendance 822

Braintree Town 0 Solihull Moors 3

Moors Turn Up The Heat On The Iron (Report From John Clothier)

A sunny day in mid Essex welcomed Moors as they arrived at the Cressing Road Stadium - only our second visit but this time 3 coach loads of supporters also made the two-and-a-half-hour journey. Moors were at full strength apart from the missing Tyrone Williams out with a pulled muscle and Jermaine Hylton, hoping to return from injury, who was withdrawn after pulling up in the pre-match preparation. BT were there to televise the match live.

Moors' start to the match was nothing but sensational. Corey O’Keeffe was clattered in the first minute and from the free kick Danny Wright’s knock down was cleared amongst a melee of legs. Wright then put a defence splitting pass across the goal line just eluding Adi Yussuf some four yards out. Jamie Reckord was hurt after a late tackle from Gomis but referee Dale played advantage as Matt Stenson unleashed a stinging 25 yarder which was parried by debutant keeper George Legg. The parry spun up just as Wright powered in with Legg stranded but the header cleared the bar.

Kyle Storer dinked a clearance straight back into the box but Legg was equal to Liam Daly’s header. Darren Carter, Osborne and Reckord combined for a scintillating move down the left flank resulting in the latter putting a pin point cross across the goal line but again Solihull could not find the simple tap in. Osborne blasted over the bar from 20 yards.

vs Braintree Town - 17/11/2018
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Moors continued to pound the ”iron’s” defence and Alex Gudger was almost home seizing on a long Osborne throw with an angled shot from 6 yards which was deflected for a corner.

All of this with just eight minutes on the clock!

Braintree’s first meaningful assault on the Solihull goal come on 10 minutes as they broke down the left flank finding Pattisson near the six-yard box who flashed the ball across Moors goal. If nothing more, it signalled the start of a far more even contest.

Osborne put in a trade mark run down the left wing but there were no frontmen to convert his low cross. At the other end Gabriel worked his way down the near side and his dangerous cross landed on the cross bar – Ryan Boot was, however ready to tip it over should the need arise. Carter's free kick on 26 minutes caused mayhem in the Braintree box but again Moors failed to produce the killer punch. A long throw from Osborne was flicked on by the head of Daly but met the same fate. The Iron’s Luke Allen got on the end of a free kick but cleared the bar as Boot advanced to quell the danger.

Moors might well have taken the lead on 33 minutes when Osborne drilled the ball through the Braintree defence leaving Yussuf with a one on one with Legg but the shot stopper saved from close range. Two consecutive Solihull corners failed to break the deadlock and a free kick to the hosts just outside the box went harmlessly for a corner.

Moors could not complain at it being goalless at half time but they had spurned at least three clear chances which on another day might well have painted a different picture.

Whatever Manager Flowers said at half time it certainly worked as within 30 seconds of the restart Solihull were one up; Wright challenged for a long ball from midfield and it spilled to Yussuf who held it up as his strike partner ran into the box - collecting the return ball Wright beat two defenders before delivering a low shot into the corner of the net. 0 – 1.

On 52 minutes Moors were awarded a penalty as Ellul brought down Osborne just inside the box. Yussuf put a low drive into the corner of the net just beating Legg who had guessed correctly. 0 – 2

Storer went close on the end of a Carter corner but the match was effectively put to bed just before the hour mark; Solihull broke quickly from defence and when the ball fell to the feet of Yussuf he found Stenson on a run who smashed the ball low beyond the keeper and into the back of the net. It was his first goal for the club following his recent transfer. 0 - 3

Stenson did his best to return the favour on 67 minutes when collecting Carter’s pass, he crossed the ball to the Moors marksman but Legg saved well.

Tim Flowers made a double substitution on 73 minutes with Luke Maxwell and Kwame Thomas on for Storer and Stenson and shortly after, it was George Carline on for Yussuf. With Moors playing possession football the final minutes were uneventful although Osborne flashed one over, Wright came off worse as he tussled with Legg and Braintree were awarded a free kick, whilst Carline put a dangerous cross over from the left side but Legg did well to clutch it from the air. Gomis had the last try for the hosts with a 25-yard speculative effort but Boot, having a quiet day, read it well.

Reckord hobbled off in injury time but with all the substitutes used, Solihull saw out the final moments of the game with ten men.

Braintree certainly made a fight of this match and look far better than their league position suggests. The Essex hospitality was again enjoyed by the travelling fans.

The win moves Solihull up to fourth in the Vanarama National League , four points behind leaders Leyton Orient. Next Saturday, Moors entertain high flying Salford at the Automated Technology Group Stadium K.O.3.00 pm.

Vanarama Man of the Match Jamey Osborne

Boot, Reckord, Storer © (Maxwell), Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter , Yussuf (Carline), Stenson (Thomas), Wright, O’Keeffe.

Subs not Used: Flowers, Murphy.

Attendance: 822

Report from John Clothier Photos Courtesy of Tom King

Key moments

46:00
Goal Danny Wright scores for Solihull Moors
53:00
Goal Adi Yussuf scores for Solihull Moors
59:00
Goal Matty Stenson scores for Solihull Moors

Videos and photos

vs Braintree Town - 17/11/2018
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Highlights

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83:00 Yellow Card
Jamey Osborne is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
78:00 Sub On
George Carline is substituted on for Solihull Moors
78:00 Sub Off
Adi Yussuf is substituted off for Solihull Moors
72:00 Sub On
Luke Maxwell is substituted on for Solihull Moors
72:00 Sub Off
Kyle Storer is substituted off for Solihull Moors
72:00 Sub Off
Matty Stenson is substituted off for Solihull Moors
72:00 Sub On
Kwame Thomas is substituted on for Solihull Moors
70:00 Yellow Card
Liam Daly is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
59:00 Goal 0 - 3
Matty Stenson scores for Solihull Moors
58:00 Yellow Card
Corey O'Keeffe is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
53:00 Goal 0 - 2
Adi Yussuf scores for Solihull Moors
46:00 Goal 0 - 1
Danny Wright scores for Solihull Moors
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Braintree Town
  • Solihull Moors
  • 0
  • Danny Wright Goal 46:00'
  • Adi Yussuf Goal 53:00'
  • Corey O'Keeffe Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Matty Stenson Goal 59:00'
  • Liam Daly Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Kyle Storer Sub Off 72:00'
  • Luke Maxwell Sub On 72:00'
  • Matty Stenson Sub Off 72:00'
  • Kwame Thomas Sub On 72:00'
  • Adi Yussuf Sub Off 78:00'
  • George Carline Sub On 78:00'
  • Jamey Osborne Yellow Card 83:00'

Team selection

Boot, Ryan Boot, Ryan
O'Keeffe, Corey O'Keeffe, Corey
Reckord, Jamie Reckord, Jamie
Yussuf, Adi Yussuf, Adi
Gudger, Alex Gudger, Alex
Daly, Liam Daly, Liam
Osborne, Jamey Osborne, Jamey
Storer, Kyle Storer, Kyle
Stenson, Matty Stenson, Matty
Carter, Darren Carter, Darren
Wright, Danny Wright, Danny
Solihull Moors

League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Leyton Orient 29 57
2. Salford City 29 55
3. Solihull Moors 29 54
4. Wrexham 29 53
5. AFC Fylde 29 50
6. Sutton United 28 49
7. Harrogate Town 29 47

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