First Team Match Reports

Gateshead v Solihull Moors

1 - 1 Oct 29th 2022 at 15:00

Starting Lineup

Solihull Moors

32Nick Hayes
2James Clarke
3Ben Coker
4Kyle Storer 83'
6Alex Gudger
7Joe Sbarra
11Ryan Barnett
15Fiacre Kelleher
19Alex Reid Josh Kelly 59'
20Callum Whelan Callum Maycock 70'
27Connor Parsons Andrew Dallas 59'


Solihull Moors

8Callum Maycock Callum Whelan 70'
9Andrew Dallas Connor Parsons 59'
10Josh Kelly Alex Reid 59'
16Ethan Vaughan
22Joey Jones

Match Report

Gateshead v Solihull Moors
Gateshead v Solihull Moors

A second goal from Alex Gudger in as many games was enough to snatch a late point from Gateshead on Saturday afternoon.

Solihull Moors came into the contest full of confidence having recorded consecutive wins, however, an own goal inside the opening 10 minutes gave Neal Ardley's side an uphill task in this one.

So it proved, until the 83rd minute when Moors restored parity through Alex Gudger who reacted first to a loose ball in the box to poke home.

Despite 68 travelling fans willing the side on, Moors were unable to find a late winner and were made to settle for a point leaving us fourth in the National League standings.

Team News

Ardley made four changes to the side that saw off Maidenhead 2-0 earlier in the week.

Ryan Boot started between the sticks, and James Clarke returned from suspension in the two changes to the defensive unit.

Elsewhere, Callum Whelan replaced Callum Maycock in midfield and Connor Parsons made just a second start of the season featuring on the left wing.

The Match

The game began in the worst possible fashion for Moors when the hosts opened the scoring in a fortuitous fashion inside 10 minutes. Ben Coker's back-pass was misjudged by Boot, who was helpless as the ball slipped under his foot and skidded into the back of the net on the wet surface.

Moments later, there was almost an instant response when Gudger's cross found Alex Reid at the back post, but he couldn't direct an effort towards goal.

In tricky conditions it was the Heed who had the next opportunity with 19 minutes on the clock, Adam Campbell drove towards the edge of the Solihull area and unleashed an effort, Boot could initially only parry but did well to quickly get back up and deny Adi Yussuf's effort on the rebound.

It took until the 28th minute, though, for Moors to really stamp their authority on the game and in-turn kissed the woodwork on three separate occasions.

Firstly, after a defensive mix-up, Reid pounced on a loose ball in the area to rifle a shot towards goal, however, his effort was always rising and smashed the top of the crossbar.

Only a couple of minutes later, it was Joe Sbarra's turn to be denied by the bar. Following a corner, the ball fell back to the Moors man who tried to bend a shot towards the top right corner, but it skimmed the top of the bar once more.

Finally, it was Coker's turn to be frustrated before the break. From a free-kick in perfect territory on the edge of the area, he cleared the wall but saw his try hit the post.

Half-time: Gateshead 1-0 Solihull Moors

With his side struggling to play at their free-flowing best, Ardley looked to reinforcements by bringing on attacking duo Andrew Dallas and Josh Kelly.

That seemed to give Moors a lift who began to play on the front foot. After some neat footwork, Ryan Barnett got a shot off on the edge of the area which deflected inches wide with James Montgomery helpless in the Heed net.

Moments later it was Sbarra's turn to go even closer. He managed to get his head on a floated cross and nod towards goal, unfortunately, a Gateshead player was covering on the line to block and clear the danger.

A crucial moment came on 69 minutes, Aaron Martin ran through on goal having dispossessed Kyle Storer, but it was a brilliant recovering challenge from Fiacre Kelleher that denied what was a glorious chance.

That moment kept Moors in it, and they got their due reward in the 83rd minute. Storer lofted a hopeful ball high into the Tyneside sky, Montgomery misjudged the flight, and when the ball landed in the area it was Gudger who has first to react and turn home.

Both sides looked determined to snatch all three points in the late stages and although Moors looked the more dominant side, it was the hosts who had the major chances on the counter.

First Martin was played through one-on-one with Boot, however, a heavy touch let him down and Boot prevented the danger, then Martin became provider as he sent Will Harris through deep into stoppage time but he lacked composure and blazed well over.

It ended all square and the Moors recorded another point on their travels.

Full-time: Gateshead 1-1 Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Coker, Storer (c), Gudger, Sbarra, Kelleher, Reid (Kelly 59), Whelan (Maycock 70), Parsons (Dallas 59).

Subs not used: Jones, Vaughan.

Attendance: 907 (68 away).

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