First Team Match Reports

FC Halifax Town v Solihull Moors

1 - 0 Mar 13th 2021 at 15:00

Starting Lineup

FC Halifax Town

1Sam Johnson
2Jeff King Jamie Allen 61'
11Danny Williams
6Tom Bradbury
31Niall Maher
5Neill Byrne
8Kieran Green
26Martin Woods 48'
10Jack Earing
9Jack Hyde Tahvon Campbell 37'
36Billy Chadwick

Substitutes

FC Halifax Town

4Nathan Clarke
7Jamie Allen
20Dom Tear
33Tahvon Campbell
40Chris Renshaw

Starting Lineup

Solihull Moors

1Ryan Boot
12Cameron Coxe Cameron Archer 86'
16Reiss McNally
29Nathan Cameron
3Jordan Cranston
4Kyle Storer
15Callum Maycock Kyle Hudlin 68'
24Mitch Hancox
18James Ball Ben Usher-Shipway 78'
9Adam Rooney
11Jamie Ward

Substitutes

Solihull Moors

8Stephen Gleeson
17Jordan Piggott
21Ben Usher-Shipway
25Cameron Archer
27Kyle Hudlin

Match Report

FC Halifax Town v Solihull Moors
FC Halifax Town v Solihull Moors

Team News

Mark Yates' first game of his second Moors tenure in charge saw youngster Reiss McNally handed his debut and Moors set up in a 4-4-2 formation.

Cameron Coxe was named at right-back, with McNally partnering Nathan Cameron at the heart of the defence, and Jordan Cranston on the left.

A diamond in midfield had skipper Kyle Storer sitting in front of the back four, Callum Maycock and Mitch Hancox on either side with James Ball deployed in the number 10 role.

Adam Rooney and Jamie Ward headed the attack, Kyle Hudlin and Cameron Archer providing plenty of back-up firepower from the bench if required.

Minute by Minute Match Report

Moors started brightly. Yates’ men were taking the game to their hosts, Ward dropping off into space, looking to link the play.

Hancox, in a more advanced position, showed neat footwork to get to the byline but his cut-back was well cleared by Halifax defender Martin Woods.

It was noticeable that when Halifax were in possession, Moors were quick to close them down, keen not to allow the Shaymen any time to settle.

And it was also evident that Moors weren’t afraid to adopt a more direct approach, Cranston’s long ball found Rooney which had the visitors in the final third.

The move gathered momentum, the ball found its way to Hancox on the edge of the box and he was mightily unlucky to see his low driven shot hit the post.

Then moments later, Ward was even more unfortunate to see his swirling drive from distance smack against the crossbar.

Ward in particular was adopting a shoot on sight policy. Soon after, the forward’s long-range free-kick warmed the palms of Shaymen keeper Sam Johnson.

At the other end of the pitch Moors keeper, Ryan Boot had to have his angles right to bat away a dangerous Neill Byrne cross.

Jack Earing then looked to have worked a shooting opportunity, but Cameron came across to make a telling block.

Later in the half, Maycock combined well with Ward but as Coxe looked to break into the box, Niall Maher on the cover, made the clearance.

But it had been a promising first-half under new boss Yates, the two up front giving Moors impetus in the attacking third.

The only thing missing was that all-important breakthrough but encouraging signs for the visitors as the teams went in level at half-time.

HT: Halifax Town 0-0 Solihull Moors

It was a nightmare start to the second half. Moors finding themselves trailing to a Woods penalty despite the best efforts of Boot who got a good hand to the strike.

The penalty came after Maycock had been a little too eager to halt the Halifax forward, and the referee had no choice but to point to the spot.

A blow for Moors but they didn’t let it get the better of them, continuing to venture forward and look to put the Shaymen on the back foot.

Ball seized possession in the middle of the park, drove forward, played a slide-rule pass to Ward who took the shot early but Johnson in the Halifax goal was alert and saved well.

Striker Ward then floated a dangerous looking corner to the back post, Cameron made good contact but his header was straight down the throat of Johnson.

Hudlin was introduced with just over 20 minutes remaining, the towering striker called upon to bolster the visiting attack.

He made his presence known almost instantly, his towering stature giving the Shaymen a different challenge to combat.

And with 10 minutes to go, he had a golden chance to level. After outmuscling the defender, he played in Ward, his delicate chip beat Johnson but not the defender on the line.

The rebound then fell to Hudlin, but the striker was unable to adjust his body and skewed his effort wide from just a couple of yards.

Such a close call for Moors who were throwing everything at the Shaymen in search of an equaliser.

But that was to be the last chance as Yate's men fell to a narrow defeat however the new man in charge would have been enthused by the spirited display shown by his side.

FT: Halifax Town 1-0 Solihull Moors

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