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Solihull Moors
Braintree Town
L Daly (38'), A Yussuf (79')
Full time
Sat 16 Mar 15:00 - The Vanarama National League - Vanarama National League Attendance 1,003

Solihull Moors 2 Braintree Town 1


Moors Take All Three Points to Level with Orient.....writes John Clothier

Moors have played Braintree Town three times previously winning both the away games and drawing the one home fixture. With Leyton Orient on FA Trophy duties and the other play off contenders all hoping to claim maximum points from their games, it was essential that Moors did not slip up against the “Iron” but the opposition, buoyed by an impressive away win last Tuesday at Sutton, were full of confidence and the match had all the hall marks of a banana skin!

Tim Flowers was able to field the same team that took maximum points mid-week against Gateshead apart from Terry Hawkridge coming in for Jamey Osborne . The pitch was in perfect condition but there was a strong wind which would present difficulties.

Moors quickly showed their intent when Darren Carter curled in an early corner but Nathan Blissett’s header was cleared off the line by ex-Moors midfielder, Courtney Richards. Carter then put a defence splitting low ball across the box but it eluded everyone.

Jermaine Hylton beat the off-side trap as he collected the ball on the left flank, turned his man and put in a low right footed shot but in form keeper Ben Killip saved with his legs. Carter followed up but his effort from the edge of the box cleared the cross bar.

For the opening half of the first period it had been all Moors but on 22 minutes a defensive lapse gifted the opposition with a goal; Richards rode two challenges down the right but when the assistant referee flagged for a foul in Braintree’s favour, the Moors players stopped only to realise too late that referee Doughty has played the advantage - Richards slipped the ball though to Korrey Henry who rounded Ryan Boot for the simplest of goals. 0 – 1.

Moors continued to press forward. Lee Vaughan put in a terrific cross but there was a foul in the area, Jamie Reckord’s ball into the box was headed straight at Killip whilst Carter got on the end of a clearance from a corner and found Blissett in space but his shot was deflected around the post.

Kyle Storer lobbed the ball into the six-yard box but Killip saved well under pressure before Jamie Reckord tried his luck from 25 yards but went wide. With 10 minutes of the half remaining Vaughan charged down the flank and Danny Wright met the cross but clipped the cross bar and away to safety.

The relentless pressure finally paid dividends on 38 minutes; Moors were awarded a free kick some 25 yards out and Carter curled a perfect ball to the far post where the marauding Liam Daly produced an unstoppable header from close range to level the score 1 – 1.

Iffy Allen replied with a strike from just outside the box but it was straight at the waiting Boot whilst Carter did the same at the other end but it was deflected over the bar. Two minutes of added time saw the industrious Hylton through for a one on one but his lob over Killip was off target

1 – 1 at half time was certainly a saving grace for Moors after conceding the soft goal earlier.

Moors continued on the front foot after the interval with Danny Wright going close from Reckord’s through ball. The Iron retaliated but Borg’s 25 yarder provided Boot with a comfortable take. Vaughan’s low effort went for a goal kick whilst Terry Hawkridge put a pin point pass to Blissett but he could not capitalise . Another Carter corner found Wright but his header was cleared. Carter had a go from 20 yards but it was just over the bar. A long throw from Vaughan was picked up by Hylton but under pressure he could not get a proper shot in.

Braintree had the opportunity to catch the home side on the break on the hour mark when Eyoma put Cameron James through but the shot was over the bar – a reminder if one was needed that this match was still in the balance.

Storer’s quick free kick almost paved the way for a second goal but Hylton shot wide after a pull back from Hawkridge. Manager Flowers decided it was time for fresh legs and Hylton made way for Yussuf on 65 minutes.

Carters 35-yard free kick was met by Wright who swivelled but shot wide, Blissett blasted high as Moors kept up the pressure whilst the second substitution saw George Carline replacing Danny Wright. In the absence of Osborne, long throws had been missing from the Solihull armoury but that was about to change.

The break through arrived in the 79th minute; Yussuf was through for a one on one with Killip and there was a thunderous collision between the two as the keeper rushed off his line. It was clear that Yussuf was first to the ball and Mr Doughty immediately pointed to the penalty spot. Killip was down for a few minutes whilst the Braintree physio worked his magic and although Yussuf was first up, it was clear that he was hurt. Nevertheless, he dusted himself down, coolly sending Killip the wrong way and Moors into the lead.2 - 1.

Blissett still had time to add to the tally but he shot wide from within the six yard area, whilst Carline beat three defenders as he charged through the Iron’s defence before being dispossessed. That almost counted for nothing as Boot failed to deal with a long back pass but after a few heart stopping seconds it was cleared to safety.

Four minutes of added time changed nothing and a relieved Moors secured all three points in a game that did credit to the visitors despite their perilous place at the foot of the National League.

With Salford, Fylde, Wrexham and Harrogate all winning there is little change at the top of the League placings but Moors, still in second place, are on the same number of points as leaders Leyton Orient who have one game in hand and a slightly better goal difference.

Next Saturday Solihull visit FC Halifax Town who we have already played three times this season in various competitions – we have drawn two and edged one. This will be a physically hard match and our matches against the Shaymen are invariably settled by the single goal,

Media Access Solutions Man of the Match Terry Hawkridge

Attendance 1003

Boot, Reckord, Storer ©, Daly, Gudger, Hawkridge (Maxwell), Carter, Hylton (Yussuf), Blissett, Wright (Carline), Vaughan. Subs Not Used; Williams, Stenson

Report from John Clothier Photos Courtesy of Tom King

Key moments

Goal Goal for Braintree Town
Goal Liam Daly scores for Solihull Moors
Goal Adi Yussuf scores for Solihull Moors


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85:00 Sub On
Luke Maxwell is substituted on for Solihull Moors
85:00 Sub Off
Terry Hawkridge is substituted off for Solihull Moors
79:00 Goal 2 - 1
Adi Yussuf scores for Solihull Moors
69:00 Sub Off
Danny Wright is substituted off for Solihull Moors
69:00 Sub On
George Carline is substituted on for Solihull Moors
65:00 Sub Off
Jermaine Hylton is substituted off for Solihull Moors
65:00 Sub On
Adi Yussuf is substituted on for Solihull Moors
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 1 - 1
Liam Daly scores for Solihull Moors
22:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Storer is yellow carded for Solihull Moors
21:00 Goal 0 - 1
Goal for Braintree Town
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Solihull Moors
  • Braintree Town
  • 0
  • Goal 21:00'
  • Kyle Storer Yellow Card 22:00'
  • Liam Daly Goal 38:00'
  • Jermaine Hylton Sub Off 65:00'
  • Adi Yussuf Sub On 65:00'
  • Danny Wright Sub Off 69:00'
  • George Carline Sub On 69:00'
  • Adi Yussuf Goal 79:00'
  • Terry Hawkridge Sub Off 85:00'
  • Luke Maxwell Sub On 85:00'

Team selection

Boot, Ryan Boot, Ryan
Vaughan, Lee Vaughan, Lee
Reckord, Jamie Reckord, Jamie
Blissett, Nathan Blissett, Nathan
Gudger, Alex Gudger, Alex
Daly, Liam Daly, Liam
Hawkridge, Terry Hawkridge, Terry
Storer, Kyle Storer, Kyle
Hylton, Jermaine Hylton, Jermaine
Carter, Darren Carter, Darren
Wright, Danny Wright, Danny
Solihull Moors

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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