First Team Match Reports

Solihull Moors v Maidstone United

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Match Report

Solihull Moors v Maidstone United
Solihull Moors v Maidstone United

Solihull Moors returned to winning ways with a 2-0 win over bottom-side Maidstone United.

Jamey Osborne's wonder-strike on the stroke of half-time got the ball rolling, before Joe Sbarra added a second not long from the end.

A morale-boosting clean sheet and three points as the side now look to kick-on for a positive end to the season.

Team News

Neal Ardley made three changes from the side that lost to Altrincham last weekend.

Opting for a three-at-the-back formation, Mitchell Roberts and Justin Donawa began either side of the middle trio.

Callum Maycock provided legs in the middle of the park, whilst Mark Beck and Andrew Dallas had the task of leading the line.

The Match

Moors began on the front-foot against their lowly opponents; Jamey Osborne played a cutting through ball into the path of Dallas with a minute on the clock, he took a tumble in the penalty area, but the referee waved away appeals of a spot-kick.

Soon after, there was more chaos in the Stones penalty area when 'keeper Dan Barden missed his punch from a Roberts corner. That created a succession of blocked efforts, but the away side again managed to clear their lines.

Ardley's side were dominant in the opening half-an-hour and went close in the 23rd minute when Dallas had a strike on goal that was well-saved by Barden at his near post.

As time ticked down on the first 45, Moors began to turn the screw and really test their opponents. Beck was inches away from finding the target when he got on the end of Maycock's low cutback, however, his effort went wide of the left post.

It took a moment of magic for the hosts to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time. After Roberts free-kick was cleared, the ball fell to Osborne who cannoned a left-footed strike, off the underside of the crossbar and in! Another goal-of-the-season contender from the magic man!

Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Maidstone United

Now full of confidence, Moors came out firing at the start of the second period. Dallas had an effort that trickled across the face of goal and wide, before Roberts let fly from 30-yards with a strike that wasn't too far away.

There was a slight lull in the game mid-way through the second half, before Moors again upped the ante! Osborne was the first to have a go as he blasted from 40 yards with a strike that wasn't a million miles away, before Sbarra drove at the Stones defence and let an effort fly just wide of the target from the edge of the area.

It was three minutes later, though, that Moors sealed the three points through the brilliance of the number seven. A loose ball fell to him on the area, he shifted it onto his left-foot and arrowed a strike in off the post for 2-0!

Cruising by this point, Ardley's side came close to a third. Beck was slipped through on goal but denied by the outstretched leg of Barden and when the ball fell to Dallas in the area, Barden was quick to recover and get down low to deny another on the rebound.

Moors saw a professional job through to the end, ensuring the clean sheet and returning to winning ways.

Full-time: Solihull Moors 2-0 Maidstone United

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Howe (c), Gudger, Roberts, Donawa, Maycock (Whelan 82), Osborne, Sbarra, Beck, Dallas (Kelly 82).

Subs not used: Jones, Mills, Kelly

Attendance: 1,411 (115 away)

Next-up: Torquay United (H) - 07/03/23

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