First Team Match Reports

Dagenham & Redbridge v Solihull Moors

1 - 2 Nov 11th 2023 at 17:30

Match Report

Dagenham & Redbridge v Solihull Moors
Dagenham & Redbridge v Solihull Moors

Team news

After last weekend’s exit from the FA Cup, Andy Whing made five changes for our visit to the Chigwell Construction Stadium with Matty Warburton, Josh Kelly and Jon Benton all starting in the frontline and Jay Benn coming back after a lengthy spell out.

The lineup also included young Aaron Flahavan starting for the Moors, after Tommy Simkin was recalled back to Stoke City.

The Moors bench included three players to have started against Bolton, with Callum Maycock; Mark Beck and Kade Craig all on the bench.

Jamey Osborne serves a one-match ban for his red card at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

Match report

Solihull Moors make it at consecutive wins in the National League with a 1-2 over Dagenham & Redbridge, Josh Kelly scoring early in the second half.

The match began with debutant keeper Aaron Flahavan having to claim a through ball to deny Inih Effiong a chance on goal after one minute.

Seven minutes in, the Moors had a chance at goal as Josh Kelly dribbled into the box before crossing into Matty Warburton. Warburton had the time to turn and get a shot away, but it went wide of the goal.

On 13 minutes, Warburton had another shot towards goal, but his effort from 30 yards failed to hit the target.

In the 20th minute, Dagenham had their first chance with Effiong having a free header six yards out from a David Long-King cross, but the striker skewed his header away from goal for Flahavan to claim.

After 33 minutes, the hosts thought they had taken the lead from a corner, as Freddie Sears latched onto a loose ball in the penalty area and hit the underside of the bar before Solihull cleared their lines.

Daggers did take the lead just before half-time following a corner, with Tom Eastman scoring at the back-post to give the hosts the lead.

However, the Moors equalised in the first minute of stoppage time with Jay Benn getting his first for the club.

Kelly was fed the ball down the left-hand side and crossed the ball into the box, with the ball landing to Benn outside the area. He sweetly struck the ball into the roof of the goal to make it 1-1 going into half-time.

The Moors started the second-half in the best possible way with Kelly making it 1-2 on 49 minutes.

Some great play down the left-hand side with Warburton and Kelly combining, before the number ten curled a shot into the far corner from the edge of the box to give the away side the lead.

On 62 minutes, Kelly had a chance to double his tally for the day as a swift Moors counter resulted in a cutback from the right into the path of Kelly, but his shot was saved by Dagenham keeper Elliot Justham.

Four minutes later, Daggers defender Elliot Johnson tried to play in Sears and took some brave goalkeeping from Flahavan to claim.

In the 73rd minute, Dagenham thought they had equalised after the ball fell to Josh Hare with his shot hitting the underside of the crossbar.

Less than a minute later Sears hit the bar again as his right footed effort beat Flahavan, but the ball hit the bar and was cleared.

On 84 minutes, Solihull cleared the ball off the line with Gus Mafuta in the right position to deny Effiong following a corner.

In the third minute of stoppage tine, Warburton had a shot fly over the bar following a counter-attack with the Moors looking to extend their lead.

There was a last-minute header wide by Johnson for Dagenham, but the Moors held on to pick up three valuable points.

After this result, the Moors climb up to third in the Vanarama National League table.

After a couple of weeks away, it’ll be a return to the ARMCO Arena next weekend as we host Maidenhead United on Saturday 18th November.

Moors starting XI: Flahavan, Benn, Clarke ©, Morrison, Stearman, Newton, Mafuta, Labadie, Warburton, Benton, Kelly

Subs: Maycock (Benton 76), Beck (Kelly 84), Stevens, Barratt, Craig (Benn 80)

Dagenham starting XI: Justham ©, Hare, Johnson, Eastman, Hessenthaler, Rees, Effiong, Weston, Phipps, Longe-King, Sears

Subs: Tavares (Longe-King 65), Francis-Clarke, Kendall (Phipps 79), Ling (Rees 90), Appiah-Forson

Attendance: 1,693 (65 away)

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