First Team Match Reports

Solihull Moors v Basford United

1 - 0 Oct 15th 2022 at 15:00

Starting Lineup

Solihull Moors

32Nick Hayes
2James Clarke
3Ben Coker
5Nico Gordon Alex Gudger 74'
7Joe Sbarra Kyle Storer 90'
8Callum Maycock Jamey Osborne 68'
11Ryan Barnett
10Josh Kelly
15Fiacre Kelleher
19Alex Reid 60'
20Callum Whelan


Solihull Moors

18Louie Moulden
4Kyle Storer Joe Sbarra 90'
6Alex Gudger Nico Gordon 74'
4Jamey Osborne Callum Maycock 68'
16Ethan Vaughan
27Connor Parsons
22Joey Jones

Starting Lineup

Basford United

1Kieran Preston
2Owen Betts
3Josh Barnes
4Adam Chapman Declan Dunn 73'
5Dom Roma
6Stern Irvine
7Luther Munakandafa Seth Patrick 82'
8Matt Thornhill
9Gregg Smith Courey Grantham 85'
10Anthony Dwyer
11Ben Starkie


Basford United

12Tyreace Palmer
14Courey Grantham Courey Grantham 85'
15Seth Patrick Luther Munakandafa 82'
16Ollie Clark
18Riece Bertram
19Declan Dunn Adam Chapman 73'

Match Report

Solihull Moors v Basford United
Solihull Moors v Basford United

Solihull Moors reached the FA Cup First Round for the seventh year in a row with a 1-0 victory over Basford United.

Alex Reid's 60th minute goal sealed Moors' place in Monday's First Round draw with a 1-0 win over Basford United at the ARMCO Arena.

The Moors frontman latched onto a brilliant Callum Whelan through ball to tuck home and put his side into a lead.

Neal Ardley's side clung on to avoid a potential upset and seal their place in the First Round Proper for the seventh season in succession.

Team News

The big team news ahead of this one was the much anticipated return of Ryan Boot in the Moors goal, his first appearance since May.

He was one of four changes for Ardley's side, along with Fiacre Kelleher, Whelan and Reid.

Moors were, unfortunately, without striker, Andrew Dallas who rolled his ankle in Friday's training session. There was, however, places in the matchday squad for Kyle Storer and Joey Jones.

The Match

It was always going to be a game in which Moors were going to dominate possession, and the tone was set within the first five minutes. Joe Sbarra tried to carve an opening with a neat one-two on the edge of the area before letting fly, but his effort flew high and wide.

A few minutes later, Moors were a matter of inches away. A cutback fell to Ryan Barnett who had a stab at it, before Alex Reid couldn’t quite arch his neck enough to get his header onto goal from the rebound.

Moors continued to dominate and Ben Coker was playing more like a left winger than a left back. His wicked ball across the face of goal with 18 minutes gone only needed a finishing touch.

Just three minutes later, Barnett saw another effort saved from a tight angle, and then, in the same phase Reid had a header comfortably saved by Kieran Preston.

Arguably the finest Moors chance of the half fell the way of Sbarra in the 38th minute, he was slipped through by Barnett but his fierce strike was parried out for a corner.

Moors were trying everything to break the resilience of the Southern League Central side, Josh Kelly had a couple of free-kicks, the second of which went closest as it skimmed the top of the net just before the break.

Man of the Match, Ben Coker, had another effort right before the whistle but again Moors fans could only watch another chance fall just by the wayside.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 0-0 Basford United

After the break, it was Moors who continued to make the more clear-cut chances early on. Kelly tried to make the most of a looping Maycock cross, but he could only head over the top.

Moors, though, would soon break the deadlock on the hour mark. On the edge of the area, Whelan slipped a defence splitting pass through to Reid who cooly slotted past Preston with his left-footed strike.

That goal brought about a flurry of Basford chances, who could see their FA Cup fate slipping away from them. Firstly, Ben Starkie had an effort from the left which deflected up off a Moors man and saw Boot tip over the bar.

Then, on 66 minutes, Owen Betts received the ball on the corner of the penalty area and flashed a powerful effort across the face of goal.

Just one minute later, Boot was again called into action. This time, he had to get down to his near post to palm away another Starkie effort that appeared goal-bound.

That ten minute onslaught from the visitors prompted a reaction from Ardley who brought Jamey Osborne into the mix, his presence gave Moors a calmer influence and allowed them to see the game through.

The game should, however, have been beyond any doubt in the 77th minute. James Clarke’s ball across the face was met by Reid who just feathered the ball looking for the bottom corner, but his touch wasn’t enough.

Basford tried to force a replay late on but it wasn’t to be. After the ball fell in the area, one of their men prodded the ball towards goal but it rose over the bar and that was it.

Moors progress to the First Round Proper of the FA Cup for the seventh year on the spin and will watch the draw on Monday evening with much anticipation.

Full-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Basford United

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Coker, Howe (C)(Gudger 74), Sbarra (Storer 90), Maycock (Osborne 68), Barnett, Kelly, Kelleher, Reid, Whelan

Subs not used: Moulden, Osborne, Vaughan, Parsons, Jones

Attendance: 1058 (127 away).

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