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News Article Date: 19th Mar 17
North Ferriby United 1 Solihull Moors 4

North Ferriby United 1 Solihull Moors 4 Attendance 363


A grey cloudy day with a moderate wind greeted Moors as they took to the bumpy pitch for this vital game against the “Villagers” of North Ferriby United. 34 hardy souls had made the long journey to support the team. It was a welcome return to the starting line up for Connor Franklin and a bench slot for Andy Brown, both players having been out with injuries for almost three months. Liam McDonald decided to give Liam Daly the day off to help with his injury picked up at Dover and Ashley Sammons took the Captain’s arm band


With Moors defending against the wind the first half was an uneventful affair until just before the half time whistle. Joel Kettle had the first opening on 20 minutes as he headed over Sammon’s corner and almost immediately Dapo Afolayan put Shep Murombedzi through but the shot was just wide. Nathan Baxter made a good save from a Ferriby corner whilst Gray was just wide for the home team from a free kick.


With five minutes remaining before the interval Moors broke the deadlock; Omari Sterling-James broke down the right before unleashing a fierce shot which keeper Watson managed to push onto the post but the alert Simeon Maye was on hand prod home.1 - 0

It didn’t last long, however and the hosts were level on 43 minutes; Solihull failed to clear a corner which fell to Tinkler who slammed the ball home from close range.1 - 1

Honours even at half time were a fair reflection of play.


Right from the restart Moors looked rejuvenated and dominated play from start to finish. Sterling James was booked for diving with the goal at his mercy, Afolayan pulled an early shot wide whilst Watson saved at point blank range from Kristian Green.


On 63 minutes Sterling James broke through the back four and stroked a delightful second Moors goal beyond Watson for 2 – 1.

With Nortei Nortey on for Maye, Solihull maintained the pressure and were rewarded on 76 minutes when George Carline met Sammons exquisite free kick and in a repeat of his goal the previous week, buried the header beyond Watson. 3 – 1.

Daniel Udoh replaced Sterling James with ten minutes left on the clock and Regan Charles-Cook for Murombedzi as the final whistle beckoned.


Baxter made the save of the day from ten yards but Moors still had plenty of fuel in the tank as they scored again in the fourth minute of added time; Ferriby failed to clear Charles-Cook’s cross from the bi line which fell to Nortey and his low drive gave the keeper no chance as the ex Chelsea man scored his first goal for Solihull. 4 – 1


It was a comprehensive win for Moors who now have 48 points and nine games left. Manager McDonald was delighted with his team’s performance;

“The first half was even and we had to defend against the wind. It was necessary to get the ball into Ferriby’s final third as quickly as possible. But we dominated possession and set pieces in the second half and it was a joy to watch. The win has moved us away from the bottom group and that is important.


Moors regroup quickly now for Tuesday’s visit to Forest Green Rovers who sit second in the league and still have hopes of lifting the title if Lincoln slip up. It will be a test for McDonald’s young squad but one they will relish.


Baxter, Murombedzi (Charles-Cook), Kettle, Flanagan, Franklin, Green, Sammons ©, Maye

( Nortey), Carline, Afolayan, Sterling James (Udoh). Subs not used Lewis, Brown


Supporters man of the Match Ashley Sammons


Let’s not forget George Carline making the Non League Paper’s Team of the Day!


Report from John Clothier                              Photos courtesy of Steve Feeney

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