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Solihull Moors v Dagenham & Redbridge

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Match Report

Solihull Moors v Dagenham & Redbridge
Solihull Moors v Dagenham & Redbridge

Solihull Moors fell to a 2-0 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge at the ARMCO Arena on Saturday afternoon.


The game got off to the worst possible start for Moors when they fell behind cruelly inside the opening two minutes. Daggers captain Matt Robinson's deflected effort deceived Ryan Boot and rippled the back of the net.

Despite another week of Moors playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, the contest was played out at a high intensity and Moors were unlucky not to get back on level terms before the break.

However, the Daggers extended their lead midway into the second half through Josh Walker, before Robinson made sure of the points late on with his second of the afternoon.

Team News

Neal Ardley made four changes from the side that lost to Halifax in midweek, Boot, Ryan Barnett and Ben Coker all came into the side, as well as Kyle Storer, who was presented with a 'Storer 700' shirt ahead of kick-off by Chairman, Darryl Eales.

There was no place in the matchday squad for Andrew Dallas who limped off late on during Tuesday's defeat.

For the Daggers, there was a debut for Joel Taylor who was announced as a new signing just before kick-off.

The Match

After roughly just 80 seconds the Moors found themselves a goal behind. After some build-up down the left, Robinson saw his effort from the edge of the area deceive Boot to give Daryl McMahon's side an early lead.

There was almost a quick response with just seven minutes on the clock, but for a brilliant Elliot Justham save. Joe Sbarra broke free down the left flank and picked out Josh Kelly with a low cross, he then stayed composed to round a Daggers defender and get a shot off, but Justham's fingertips came to the rescue as he turned it round the post.

For the remainder of an entertaining half, the two sides traded blow for blow up until the referee's whistle. Boot was forced into a fine stop from Joel Taylor's drilled effort at a tight angle - his trailing leg was the difference between a second Daggers goal.

Then it was Callum Maycock's turn to have a go on the 28th, as the ball fell to him on the edge of the area, he had a strike on the turn and Justham produced another strong save diving down to his left hand side.

From the resulting corner it was the away side that countered and almost scored themselves. Following a swift move, Mo Sagaf's cross made its way to Josh Walker at the far post but his touch was loose and James Clarke made a goal saving challenge.

It was Kelly who looked most likely for Ardley's side but even he couldn't prevent Moors going into the break a goal behind. In the 41st minute he controlled a chipped ball on his knee and fired a volley at goal, but it went way over the bar.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 0-1 Dagenham & Redbridge

The second half began slowly, and the bulk of the chances were through free-kicks through either side.

On the 53rd minute, Justham spilled a Kelly free-kick into the path of Sbarra who tried to drill a cross into the area where Alex Reid was waiting. but the away side managed to clear.

A few moments later it was the away side's turn, after taking an age to take, Junior Morais saw his free-kick sail just wide.

It was in the 71st minute that the game got away from Moors, with Alex Gudger facing his own goal and lining up for a comfortable header back to Boot, it appeared Walker gave him a nudge in the back that forced a mistake and allowed the Daggers striker to pounce on a loose ball and steer home.

A two-goal deficit was too much for the hosts to overcome and on the 83rd minute the game was put beyond all doubt. Morais' drilled effort stung the palms of Boot who could only parry up into the path of Robinson who nodded home from a handful of yards.

And that's how it remained, as Moors slipped to a second defeat on the spin.

Full-time: Solihull Moors 0-3 Dagenham & Redbridge

Solihull Moors: Boot, Clarke, Coker, Storer, Gudger, Sbarra, Maycock, Barnett, Kelly, Kelleher, Reid (Donawa 75).

Subs not used: Vaughan, Jones, Whelan, Parsons

Attendance: 1540 (87 away)

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