Solihull Moors Ladies begin their voyage into the FA Women’s National League for the 2018/19 season, eager to continue from where they left off the previous campaign. Solihull romped to a 2-1 away win against The New Saints Ladies on the final day of the season after goals from Hargreaves and Harmison.
That campaign saw the Moors finish mid-table with a 7th placed finish, achieving nine wins, three draws and ten defeats over a 22-game season. A season of highs and lows, Solihull’s 9-0 dispatching of Rotherham United Ladies can be looked back on as the standout performance in March when Natalie Courtney, Tanya Dickinson and Samantha White all scored a brace to cement a throughout dominant performance.
Meanwhile, the 4-0 home defeat to New Saints will be a fixture the club will hope to rectify this season.
Fresh and ready to go again after a well-deserved summer break, Sarah Westwood’s side will be eager to close the gap on the top-four, with their opening game fixture against Burton offering the chance to lay down a real marker.
The corresponding game last year saw Solihull head into the break level at 1-1 having worked tirelessly to prevent the home side from getting ahead. However, their work was later undone as the second 45 saw three goals for Burton, thereby condemning the side to what would be their final loss of the season.
Key to their successes of achieving a better result and overall finish this time around will be Abbie Taylor who scored six times in nineteen starts in 2017/18. Likewise, the side will need to improve on their home record having won just three of 12 games, conceding 24 in the process. In contrast, their away form brought six victories back to Birmingham – a statistic Solihull will want to maintain ahead of the new campaign.
Primed and ready with some new recruits and some fresh new teams in the division, it promises to be another eye catching season of football for Westwood’s side.
Updated 18:24 - 19 Aug 2018 by Luke Turner