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Torquay United 1 Solihull Moors 2 Attendance1862 (80 away)
Torquay United 1 - 2 Solihull Moors
Date: Sat 26th Aug 2017
Attn: 1862
A blisteringly hot day greeted the Moorsmen after a 5 hour journey on Bank Holiday Saturday. With no return of any of Liam McDonald’s walking wounded, the injury situation was compounded by the absence of striker Luke Benbow who picked up a knock against Halifax. Oladapo Afolyan and Tohvan Campbell lead the attack

In goal for the “Gulls” was former Torquay shot stopper Dan Lavercombe on loan from Wigan to cover for the injured Ryan Clarke – it would be a strange day for the local born keeper.

Just one goal separated the two teams at the start of play in what must rank as one of the earliest “six pointers” on record

Afolayan was the first to threaten as he beat four defenders but there was nobody to capitalise as the cross came in. Torquay might have done better from a wayward pass from a Moors free kick but Nathan Vaughan was equal to a good finish from Keating. Darren Carter, as always dictating play from mid field, headed over from Afolayan’s corner whilst Jordan Liburd’s lob was well taken by Lavercombe.

On 25 minutes Vaughan saved brilliantly as a knock down from Keating looked destined to open the scoring and in what proved to be the Gull’s best period of the game Higgins fed a superb ball through to Gosling but the shot was wide.

Moors best opportunity of the half came with six minutes left before the break; again the lively Afolayan open up the Torquay defence before a pull back to Paul Green whose shot took a deflection.

Goal less at half time was a good as either team deserved.

Things changed straight from the restart; in the 48th minute Moors were awarded a corner and with the home defence waiting for the long cross, Afolayan’s low kick only just reached the near post where Carter smashed the ball onto Tohvan Campbell’s head from where it hit the underside of the bar and into the goal. It was perhaps Moors first real luck of the season. 

George Carline was unfortunate to be ruled off side as he broke through on 6 minutes whilst the impressive Pittman shot wide moments later. Campbell was enjoying his best outing since his loan move from West Brom but after exquisite footwork his cross eluded the Solihull front runners. On 18 minutes he went close with a curler off the outside of the foot courtesy of good work from Joel Kettle

Vaughan produced the save of the day as Pitmman lashed a corner from point blank range whilst at the other end Carter’s 25 yard free kick was just wide.

But is was on 75 minutes that Lavercombe must have wished he was back at Wigan; Vaughan launched a long kick up the park which on the sun dried surfaced bounced high and with Tristian Dunkley chasing it the keeper had no choice but to come off his line. As he advanced the the ball went way over his head and was still travelling at speed as it nestled in the back of the net.  

Quite how the Torquay players picked themselves up was testament to the spirit within the team but 2 minutes later they clawed one back as Pitmann rounded Fiacre Kelleher and his finish into the far corner of the net was inch perfect. It might have got worse but for another stupendous reactive save from Vaughan on 38 minutes.

It was a nervy conclusion but Moors did enough to defend the lead and record their first win of the season. It was not the prettiest game but the players wore their hearts on their sleeves and ran themselves into the ground in the hottest of conditions. Liam McDonald was proud of them – and the 80 fans? – well  what could be better than a day at the seaside!

It elevates Moors one place up the table with Hartlepool and Torquay beneath them.


On Bank Holiday Monday Solihull entertain Tranmere Rovers at the Automated Technology Group Stadium - there are scores to be settled from last season

Seven One Zero Clothing        Man of the Match        Nathan Vaughan

 National League Team of the Day – Goal Keeper – Nathan Vaughan (Solihull Moors)

 Vaughan, Green (K), Carter ©, Kettle, Murombedzi, Liburd, Afolayan (Dunkley), Green (P) Edwards, Carline, Kelleher, Campbell (Thomas) Subs not used Trueman, Tonks


Report from John Clothier                                          Photos from Tom King

Torquay United - Goals Scored 1
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
Solihull Moors - Goals Scored 2
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
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