Feckenham 1 Moors Academy 2
By Luke Turner
Ronald Crane reports on a vital away win...
Short on quality, this match required Moors to be patient and grind out a 2-1 win against a dogged Feckenham side.
The match was scrappy as both teams struggled to impose themselves on a game, that for the most part, was a damp squib of an affair.
Moors showed a physical edge, that at times led to their hosts feeling aggrieved. On several occasions, the referee was left to bear the brunt of Feckenham frustration.
In a frustrating encounter, both teams were wasteful on the ball as moves broke down with alarming frequency. Clear cut chances, really were, few and far between.
Attempts on goal were rare, and attempts on target even more rare. Feckenham managed two, and Moors didn’t fare much better, clocking four, in the entire game.
It was a match where one had to feel for the forwards in particular, Feckenham’s Murphy. The striker was tireless in his running but remained starved of service all afternoon.
Perhaps angered by their inability to produce, both teams were guilty of ill-discipline. Referee Martin Jones showed six cautions, each side receiving three.
It wasn’t all doom and gloom, and Moors did hold it together enough, to produce two moments of star quality. They came in either half, and both were a result of a cross.
The first came via the boot of winger Keziah Martin. His pin point cross found Arman Khooshkoo who did the rest, finishing with real composure.
Moors didn’t kick on from there. Having scored first, recently they have taken the initiative but it wasn’t to be here and in fact the home side seized the upper hand.
However, the home side were unable to make their pressure count and after half-time, Moors struck again at a time where the next goal was going to be wholly decisive.
It came from another great delivery. A wicked delivery from the left, was tucked home by Rubyn Gill.
An unfortunate late own goal by Cain Thomas, made the last ten rather uncomfortable for Solihull’s youngsters, as Feckenham saw their chance to snatch a point.
The home side threw the kitchen sink at Moors, even to bringing up goalkeeper, Matt Bentley, for a last gasp corner. Would the visitors buckle under the pressure?
The answer, a resounding no. Moors showed great maturity in seeing the game out. It was not pretty, but it was effective.
In truth, this game will not live long in the memory is best forgotten, it was not a good advert for the Total Motion Midland Football League.
Moors stretch their winning streak to eleven and with two games left, they still find themselves in the hunt for second place.
On Saturday 13th April 2019, Moors Academy FC welcome Knowle Fc to The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground for their penultimate league match of this season.
Moors: Maxwell: Mbuti; Hirst; Jones; Thomas; Kendrick; Khooshkoo  (Jordan Clarke); McNally; Gill ; Binner (Jerome Clarke); Martin.
Subs not used: Owen Bennett & Ethan Sephton.
Moors Final matches this season: Saturday 13th April 2019 MAFC v Knowle FC: Saturday 20th April 2019 MAFC v GNP FC both at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground, Church Road, Boldmere, B72 5RY: KO 3pm. Adults £4 including Match Day Programme: Under 16s £1.