First Team Match Reports

Notts County v Solihull Moors

2 - 0 Jan 27th 2021 at 19:45

Starting Lineup

Notts County

1Sam Slocombe
16Dion Kelly Evans
13Connell Rawlinson
24Alex Lacey
29Calvin Miller
11Enzio Boldewijn
4Jake Reeves
8Michael Doyle
6Jim O'Brien Rúben da Rocha Rodrigues 67'
9Kyle Wootton 79' 87'
12Inih Effiong Jimmy Knowles 67'

Substitutes

Notts County

17Matty Wolfe
18Jimmy Knowles
19Elisha Sam
20Rúben da Rocha Rodrigues
23Adam Chicksen

Starting Lineup

Solihull Moors

1Ryan Boot
12Cameron Coxe Mitch Hancox 75'
20Kyle Howkins
29Nathan Cameron
2Tyrone Williams
3Jordan Cranston
4Kyle Storer
15Callum Maycock
18James Ball
11Jamie Ward Joe Sbarra 54'
27Kyle Hudlin Adam Rooney 68'

Substitutes

Solihull Moors

7Joe Sbarra
8Stephen Gleeson
9Adam Rooney
13Niall Clayton
24Mitch Hancox

Match Report

Notts County v Solihull Moors
Notts County v Solihull Moors

Team News

The game was a landmark occasion for Moors' Tyrone Williams who made his 100th start for the club.

He has been an ever-present since joining from Kidderminster in 2018 and produced another sterling display in the 2-0 win over Dover last time out.

And it clearly wasn't just Williams who had impressed on Saturday as Moors boss Jimmy Shan chose to name an unchanged side from the victory over the Whites.

It meant that once again Kyle Hudlin led the line for Shan's men with James Ball and Jamie Ward tasked with pulling the strings in behind the big man.

Minute by Minute Match Report

The two best defences in the league met on Wednesday night, but Moors almost unlocked Notts County inside the opening minutes.

Hudlin showed tidy feet to flick the ball into Ward’s path and the Northern Irishman’s rasping shot flew just wide of Sam Slocombe’s far post.

Ward then turned provider, his corner found the head of Hudlin but the towering centre forward couldn’t direct his header on target from close range.

Moors were really taking the game to their hosts in the early exchanges, in particular, Ward looked menacing.

After surviving a frantic start, the Magpies did begin to enjoy more possession, attempting to work the ball across the pitch.

However, Moors’ backline was sticking diligently to their task, Nathan Cameron and Kyle Howkins keeping a watchful eye on Notts striker Inih Effiong.

As the 20-minute mark passed, Moors would have been satisfied. Shan’s men frustrating their opponents and restricting Notts to hopeful long balls.

Moors were proving dangerous on the counter, full-back Cameron Coxe starting to get joy down the flank, but the next opportunity came courtesy of Ward’s right foot.

He found Hudlin in the box with a teasing cross but having shrugged off his defender, the forward's header was tame and didn’t trouble Slocombe in the home goal.

Neither was the Notts keeper troubled by James Ball’s effort moments later, after a very neat exchange between three Moors players had created the chance.

Quick one and two touch football, between Ball, Ward and Maycock carved open the Notts defence but Ball was unable to capitalise, his effort unable to match the build-up.

In a game where momentum was switching back and forth, Notts were next to have an opening but Enzio Boldewijn’s cross only found the hands of Ryan Boot.

A well-matched contest but it would have been Moors the happier of the two and the side who had come the closest to breaking the deadlock.

HT: Notts County 0-0 Solihull Moors

Moors were almost gifted the perfect start after the interval, Jake Reeves’ loose pass fell to Ward but this time he was unable to find Hudlin and Slocombe came out to gather.

Ball then jinked his way through the home defence, evading a couple of challenges but the midfielder blazed his attempt high and wide.

As was the story of the first half, Notts weathered the early Moors pressure and grabbed a foothold of the game.

But the visitors were still lightning on the break. Hudlin found space on the right, flicked it inside to Coxe who toe-poked an effort goalwards, one which was tipped over the bar.

At the other end, Notts were finding it frustrating, Cameron, Howkins and Tyrone Williams keeping the Magpies attack at bay.

Although, they soon had the crossbar to thank when Dion Kelly let fly from just outside of the area, the full-back’s shot beating Ryan Boot and rattling the woodwork.

It was the first time that Moors’ defence had been breached, but it was a sign of things to come. Moors may have escaped there but the visitors weren’t so lucky moments later.

Notts taking the lead after winger Boldewijn had danced his way through the Moors defence to play in Kyle Wootton who turned the ball home from close range.

A tough one to take for Shan’s men who had defended so staunchly for the vast majority of the game, no doubt Coxe coming off with an injury was a defining moment.

And with time ticking down, Notts doubled their lead. Wootton helping himself to his second of the game after substitute Rúben Rodrigues had laid it on a plate for him.

Jimmy Knowles got in behind the Moors defence, cutting the ball back to Rodrigues who showed guise, faking to shoot before squaring it to Wootton for a tap in.

It was a moment of quality from the Magpies and a goal which put the result beyond Moors who would have felt very frustrated to come away with nothing.

Moors will look to bounce back at the first time of asking when they welcome Wealdstone to the SportNation.bet Stadium on Saturday.

FT: Notts County 2-0 Solihull Moors

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