First Team Match Reports

Chesterfield v Solihull Moors

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Match Report

Chesterfield v Solihull Moors
Chesterfield v Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors slipped to another defeat on the road as Chesterfield ran away 2-0 winners at the Technique Stadium.

In front of the BT sport cameras, the game always promised to be a tough one for the Moors against their flying opponents who came into the game sitting third in the league.

Goals from Joe Quigley and Bailey Clements were enough to earn all three points for the hosts.

Team News

Despite trudging off on his return from injury on Tuesday night, Jamey Osborne was fit enough for a starting birth in the midfield.

The same such luck couldn't be said for Ben Coker and Callum Maycock, however, with the pair missing out through illness and injury respectively.

Ryan Boot and Ethan Vaughan were the only changes from the defeat at Hartlepool.

The Match

It was always going to be a heated atmosphere at the Technique Stadium given the history between the two sides, and so it proved.

Moors began on the front foot and had the first effort of the contest through Andrew Dallas' pop-shot from the edge of the area with three minutes gone.

The hosts, however, came into the game full of confidence after six wins in seven and they quickly began playing their attacking football. Frontman, Quigley initially went close when his left footed effort deflected just wide, before Liam Mandeville chose to cross rather than shoot from a promising area.

On 15 minutes, the hosts grabbed the opener through Quigley. From a free-kick on the wide left, Quigley got the touch on at the near post and Boot was helpless to deny the hosts an early goal.

Quigley was causing all sorts of problems and almost doubled his tally in the 23rd minute when he headed a Darren Oldaker cross over the bar.

Moors had their moments in the first half, and it was Joe Sbarra who was the next to go close, the ball fell to him on the half volley on the edge of the area and his strike took a deflection that looked for a minute as though it was in, but ended up inches wide of the post.

Chesterfield in truth deserved their half-time lead, which could have been two, but for the brilliance of Fiacre Kelleher. With Mandeville racing through on goal, Kelleher timed his challenge to perfection to block over the bar.

Half-time: Chesterfield 1-0 Solihull Moors

The hosts came out all guns blazing after the interval and Tom Whelan should have doubled their advantage in the 48th minute, after dancing through the Moors defence he lost his balance slightly and fired well over the top under little pressure.

Boot was also called into action just minutes later, making a good stop to deny Whelan before pouncing on the loose ball.

With 57 minutes on the clock, it was Moors' turn to miss a golden opportunity of their own. A cutting through ball set Sbarra through, he was beaten to it by the on-rushing Ross Fitzsimons, and when the ball fell to Dallas, he couldn't keep his effort down with the goal at his mercy.

Despite longer spells of possession for Moors, the signs looked ominous. In the 68th minute, the hosts had several efforts in quick succession that were either blocked or saved as Neal Ardley's side clung on.

However, just minutes later the Spirites did have the ball in the net again. An Armando Dobra strike took a deflection and spun across the box more like a cross, arriving at the back post was Clements to volley home a second.

That was how it would end for Moors whose best chance was when substitute Justin Donawa raced through on goal, but Fitzsimons denied having been quick off his line when reading the danger well.

Full-time: Chesterfield 2-0 Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Kelleher, Jones, Vaughan, Storer (c), Osborne (Kelly 63), Whelan (Donawa 75), Sbarra, Barnett, Dallas

Subs not used: Gudger, Parsons, Reid

Attendance: 7001 (169 away)

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