First Team Match Reports

Hartlepool United v Solihull Moors

2 - 0 Feb 9th 2021 at 18:00

Starting Lineup

Hartlepool United

1Ben Killip
23Jamie Sterry
3David Ferguson
2Lewis Cass
5Tim Odusina
15Ryan Johnson
6Mark Shelton
19Tom White Gary Liddle 70'
22Tom Crawford
11Rhys Oates Ryan Donaldson 76'
29Luke Armstrong Joe Grey 82'

Substitutes

Hartlepool United

4Gary Liddle
7Ryan Donaldson
18Luke Williams
9Mason Bloomfield
12Joe Grey

Starting Lineup

Solihull Moors

1Ryan Boot
12Cameron Coxe Kyle Hudlin 61'
2Tyrone Williams
29Nathan Cameron
6Alex Gudger Kyle Howkins 61'
3Jordan Cranston
4Kyle Storer
15Callum Maycock
7Joe Sbarra Stephen Gleeson 69'
11Jamie Ward
9Adam Rooney

Substitutes

Solihull Moors

8Stephen Gleeson
13Niall Clayton
20Kyle Howkins
26Justin Donawa
27Kyle Hudlin

Match Report

Hartlepool United v Solihull Moors
Hartlepool United v Solihull Moors

Team News

There was some very welcome news ahead of kick-off as Moors' Adam Rooney was named in the starting line-up for the first time in three months. Rooney's return to fitness meant Jimmy Shan had the luxury of rotating his front men, towering striker Kyle Hudlin given a breather.

Midfielder Joe Sbarra was rewarded for his late equaliser against Eastleigh with a recall to the starting eleven. Callum Maycock reverted to a more familiar deep-lying role with Stephen Gleeson the man to make way.

Right wing-back Cameron Coxe also made a return, Tyrone Williams shifting to centre-half and Kyle Howkins dropped to the bench.

Minute by Minute Match Report

Moors started quickly, Jamie Ward looking to catch the Pool defence out cold, firing off an early warning sign as his shot whistled past the far post.

The hosts were next to have a glimpse of goal, Ryan Johnson’s header found Rhys Oates but his effort hit the side netting.

Off-target there but the hosts were on target moments later. Luke Armstrong seized on loose play at the back to smash the ball hard and low past Ryan Boot in the Moors net.

It was an early blow for the visitors but they reacted well, Jordan Cranston delivering a teasing ball into the box however Alex Gudger was unable to direct his header towards goal.

Despite the tough conditions, Moors were still more than happy to play the ball around, looking to get Joe Sbarra involved in the final third.

As the midway point approached it was Sbarra proving the biggest threat for the away side, linking up well with Ward, he worked an opening but his shot was tame and dribbled through to Pool keeper Ben Killip.

Moors were beginning to dominate the possession but it was from a set-piece that they almost equalised, Johnson had his blushes spared after heading against his own crossbar following a Cranston corner.

Inches away from a leveller, as was Rooney minutes later. The striker thought he had levelled for Moors, but although he had beaten Killip, he hadn't the offside flag and frustratingly for the visitors, the goal was ruled out.

Very unfortunate for Moors as the goal would have topped off some slick passing play. A well-worked move orchestrated by Ward and Sbarra, the latter finding Rooney with a low cross, who had tapped home with ease.

Still trailing but Moors had definitely grown into the game, enjoying much the better of the play and they would have felt frustrated at not being on level terms at the break.

HT: Hartlepool 1-0 Solihull Moors

Moors came out fired up after the break, Rooney very nearly capitalised on nervy Pool defending but they recovered just as the Moors forward was about to let fly.

In an end-to-end opening, Boot then had to be alert to hold onto a dangerous cross from the left, with Armstrong waiting to pounce on any mistake.

Armstrong was again involved shortly after, flicking the ball to Oates inside the area but Tyrone Williams was alive to the danger, blocking the shot well.

Then just as Moors were in the ascendency, Hartlepool stole a second. After Mark Shelton drew a free-kick, from a narrow angle, David Ferguson fired the resulting set-piece over Boot and into the far top corner.

It really was a goal out of nowhere and one which meant Moors faced an uphill struggle to come away with anything from the game.

Manager Shan reacted to the setback, introducing Hudlin into the fold, the towering striker going up top to partner Rooney.

However, it was Ward who had the next chance for Moors. Maycock drove into the box, his cut-back found the Northern Irishman but his shot went high and wide.

Ward was soon involved again, only a last-ditch block stopped him from firing a shot goalwards after a slide rule pass from Rooney.

From the resulting corner, substitute Howkins connected with Cranston’s delivery but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line.

Pool had a couple of late chances to add a final gloss to the scoreline but wayward finishing meant the score remained at two.

A tough night for Moors who will look to bounce back when they welcome National League strugglers Barnet to the SportNation.bet Stadium on Saturday.

FT: Hartlepool 2-0 Solihull Moors

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