First Team Match Reports

Scunthorpe United v Solihull Moors

3 - 4 Aug 20th 2022 at 15:00

Match Report

Scunthorpe United v Solihull Moors
Scunthorpe United v Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors came from three goals behind to seal an incredible 4-3 victory against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Reid proved the match winner, unleashing a fierce shot from the edge of the area which flew past Marcus Dewhurst and secured a late comeback win for the away side.

It capped a remarkable turn around for Neal Ardley’s men who had trailed by three in the first half, a brace from Joe Nuttall and one from Colin Daniel had put the hosts in complete control.

But a moment of magic from Jamey Osborne reduced the deficit before Fiacre Kelleher headed home as Moors showed fighting spirit before the break.

The second half started in much the same way, Moors galvanised and on the front foot, searching for the equaliser.

And sure enough it came through the ever reliable Andrew Dallas who stroked the ball home with just under 10 minutes remaining.

It was then down to Reid to steal the headlines, the striker sending the travelling fans into ecstasy with a thunderbolt which gave ex Moors keeper Dewhurst no chance.

From then, it was just a case of Moors managing the game and seeing it over the line to claim a memorable three points.

FULL MATCH REPORT

Ardley made two changes to the side who drew 1-1 with York City in the week, with Connor Parsons and Callum Whelan handed their full league debuts.

Having to manage three games in seven days, Ardley chose to freshen up the team but it was the Iron that started much the stronger.

Almost straight away Nuttall was posing problems for the Moors backline and it wasn’t long before he broke the deadlock.

The striker was quickest to latch onto a ball over the top and showed a deft touch to lift it over Louie Moulden to put his side ahead.

Scunthorpe were buoyant and the second was soon coming, this time Nuttall turned provider, teeing up Colin Daniel who swept a first time finish into the bottom corner.

In the blink of an eye, Moors found themselves two down, but they rallied, Osborne tried to catch Dewhurst out with a quickly taken free-kick but the keeper wasn’t to be caught off guard.

Then following a corner, Whelan sent a looping header back into the box, Kelleher rose highest but his effort drifted just wide of the post.

Moors were starting to find their way in the game but then on the counter, Nuttall notched his second in almost a carbon copy of his first.

Jai Rowe sent a ball over the top and Nuttall repeated his earlier feat, lobbing the ball over the advancing Moulden.

Three nil down and less than ten minutes to go until half-time, Moors needed a moment of inspiration and Osborne answered their call.

Seemingly nothing was on, but the long-range specialist sent an unstoppable shot into the corner from 25 yards and the comeback was on.

Moments later, Ben Coker came within inches of scoring Moors’ second, but his curling free-kick was expertly tipped over the bar by Dewhurst.

However from the resulting corner, a resurgent Moors did reduce the arrears as Kelleher powered home a header.

And, unbelievably, it was almost three. Dallas desperately unlucky to see his shot cannon back off the woodwork as half-time approached.

HT: Scunthorpe United 3-2 Solihull Moors

Despite the upturn in performance, Ardley made two changes at the interval, Parsons made way for Ryan Barnett and Kelleher was replaced by Reiss McNally.

The addition of Barnett gave an added impetus to the Moors attack, his teasing runs down the right started to cause problems for the home defence.

A couple of times, his whipped deliveries merited more but there was no one to capitalise at the back post.

Reid was introduced into the action as Moors pushed for the equaliser. Whelan forced Dewhurst to save low to his left before the Sheffield United loanee produced a point blank stop to keep out Dallas.

But the Scotsman would soon be celebrating, last season’s top scorer collecting a through ball, before showing great composure to slip the ball into the corner.

Back on level terms but Moors weren’t to settle for the draw, Reid producing a fine finish to leave the home crowd in despair and send the away support into dreamland.

It was a real show of character from Ardley’s men, the same hardened mentality that saw them reach the Promotion Final last season.

Moors are back on home turf next Saturday as they invite Dorking Wanderers to the ARMCO Arena.

FT: Scunthorpe United 3-4 Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors: Moulden, Clarke, Coker, Howe, Sbarra, Dallas, Osborne, Kelly, (Reid, 71) Kelleher, (McNally, 46), Whelan, Parsons (Barnett, 46)

Subs not used: Maycock, Vaughan

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