First Team Match Reports

Yeovil Town v Solihull Moors

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Solihull Moors

Match Report

Yeovil Town v Solihull Moors
Yeovil Town v Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors fell to a 1-0 defeat on a frustrating afternoon in Somerset.

It was an afternoon that got away from Neal Ardley’s side in the end after Chiori Johnson put the Glovers ahead in the 58th minute.

Despite having a number of good chances within the opening half an hour, it was a game where Moors struggled to test Grant Smith in the Yeovil goal, much to the clear frustration of Ardley.

Team News

The Moors manager named an unchanged side from the one that defeated Wealdstone 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Alex Gudger made his second start on the spin, partnering captain Callum Howe at the back as they look to pick up from where they left off last season.

As for the Glovers, Chris Hargreaves made three changes as Charlie Wakefield, Sam Perry and Ben Richards-Everton came into the side.

The Match

It was the Moors who initially started the brighter, from Ben Coker’s free-kick, Howe glanced an effort towards goal but it was blocked and out for a corner with just two minutes on the clock.

From the following exchanges Moors went yet closer still, Andrew Dallas did well to nod down a hanging cross to Josh Kelly who had two bites but could only prod his second effort wide.

With not even ten minutes on the clock, Yeovil had a golden chance of their own.

After a swift counter, Charlie Wakefield slipped in Johnson who could only blaze over despite looking certain to score.

Moments later the Glovers went close again, this time Malachi Linton saw his shot arrow just wide following a deflection.

The game did settle down slightly after that frantic opening, however, Joe Sbarra did test Smith in the Yeovil net with a stinging hit from just outside the area.

Moors might have felt unlucky to go into the break behind. When Dallas was slipped through one-on-one with 19 minutes gone it looked as though he was set to open the scoring but Smith narrowed the angle down well and saved.

Moors continued to push but to no avail before the break, Coker tried his luck with a free-kick from range but it sailed just wide despite Smith scrambling to his left.

Half-time: Yeovil Town 0-0 Solihull Moors

After the break Moors continued to create the better opportunities, Kelly was the first to get in behind but he sliced his effort from a tight angle.

On the 56th minute it was Sbarra’s turn to go close, he picked up the ball in space, drove to the edge of the area and fired a shot inches wide.

Despite Moors looking the more threatening, it was Yeovil who took the lead in the 58th minute.

With space on the edge of the area, Matt Worthington arrowed a shot towards goal that Louie Moulden could only palm into the path of Johnson who tapped home.

The goal seemed to deflate Moors who struggled to create chances from there on and the hosts looked more likely to add to their lead.

On the 74th minute Moulden did brilliantly to deny Fisher initially, before a heroic block denied a certain goal on the rebound.

The Moors keeper was again called into action twice late on, producing fine stops on both occasions.

Unfortunately the game fizzled out for Moors who struggled to break down a resilient Yeovil side.

Full-time: Yeovil Town 1-0 Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors: Moulden (GK), Clarke, Coker, Howe (c), Gudger, Sbarra (Parsons 90), Maycock (Reid 78), Dallas, Osborne, Barnett, Kelly.

Subs not used: Kelleher, Vaughan, Whelan.

Attendance: 2244 (60 away).

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