Solihull Moors welcome Yeovil Town to the SportNation.bet Stadium on Saturday in the Vanarama National League, and are in desperate need of a positive result.
Last weekend’s 3-0 defeat to Barrow marked the Moors’ fifth straight league game without a win, and they have slipped to 12th in the table as a result.
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As mentioned previously, it’s safe to say the Moors will be limping into Saturday’s fixture with The Glovers, but will be encouraged somewhat by their return home. Four of their last five league games, of which they are winless, have been on the road. Tim Flowers’ men will be hoping to get back down to basics in front of their own fans, where they made such an impressive start to the campaign.
On the other hand, Yeovil come into Saturday’s fixture in fine form. Having last experienced defeat at the end of August against Dagenham and Redbridge (3-2), Darren Sarll’s team have won four games on the bounce, including last weekend’s 3-2 success over AFC Fylde.
In the opposite dugout
Yeovil Town manager, Darren Sarll, joined The Glovers at the start of the season having had previous managerial experience with Stevenage. He also worked with Premier League club Watford’s academy.
Sarll made most of his playing appearances in the lower leagues for clubs such as Bedford, Dunstable, and Hitchin. At age 36, he will be hoping to now embark on a long and successful career in the dugout.
Opposition key man
The Glovers have a wealth of National League and Football League experience at their disposal, but the one man the Moors’ defenders should perhaps be weary of on Saturday is former Arsenal trainee Rhys Murphy.
The 28-year-old has had his fair share of teams since leaving The Gunners in 2012, but now finds himself in green and white and has already been making contributions so far this season as his team have risen to 4th in the league table. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
A quote from the Manager
Tim Flowers: “We've got to get points on the board, we've got to get a performance first and foremost. We've got back-to-back home games, two tough games.
"If we play like Solihull Moors are renowned, then it will be a tough game for them as well."
The last time the two sides met - Solihull Moors 1-1 Yeovil Town (Moors win 4-2 on pens), 15/11/16
Solihull Moors reached the FA Cup second round for the first time as they beat then League Two Yeovil 4-2 on penalties.
After a goalless 90 minutes, Francois Zoko put Yeovil ahead early in extra time with a powerful strike from range.
Akwasi Asante brought Solihull level from the spot when Omari Sterling-James was fouled by Liam Shepherd.
In the shootout, Ryan Dickson and Tom Eaves missed for Yeovil while Solihull scored four from four to progress from the first round replay.
Did you know?
Yeovil were, once upon a time, one of the most successful non-league teams in the FA Cup, having defeated several professional clubs, including most Sunderland in the fourth round in 1949. They then went on to play in front of more than 81,000 spectators away at Manchester United in the next round.
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