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Maidstone United 1 - 1 Solihull Moors
Date: Sat 18th Nov 2017
Attn: 0

Moors took all six points against Maidstone United last season, but the Stones have made a good start to the current campaign and sat in fifth position in the National League before the match.  It was the first outing for Moors under the Stewardship of Mark Yates and Tim Flowers and a start for new loanee from Coventry City, Kwane Thomas.

Moors could not have made a worse start and were one down with just 43 seconds on the clock; Shaky defending allowed Joe Piggott through for a one on one and he did not think twice as he executed a brilliant chip over the stranded Nick Townsend. 1- 0.

The away team battled back with a succession of corners but things might have become worse for Solihull on 21 minutes when Ter Horst was put through by Loza but having rounded Townshend and with the goal at his mercy his short-range effort hit the cross bar.

Almost immediately Liam Daly cleared the ball but only as far as Piggott who fed Ter Horst whose shot was well saved by the alert Townsend. At the other end Shep Murombedziís rasping drive again brought out a terrific stop from Worgan.

The hosts thought they had doubled their advantage as the half hour mark beckoned; Anderson found Piggott in the box who volleyed the ball goalwards but was clearly off side. Prestedge headed wide with a free header and after two minutes added time Maidstone were still one goal to the good at half time -  a fair reflection of play.

Solihull opened positively in the second half; a long range shot from Darren Carter through a crowded box was parried by Worgan but Thomas fired over the bar. A low drive from Murombedzi look destined for the back of the net but the keeper made a good stop.

A long throw from James Bowen was flicked on by George Carline to Oladapo Afolayan but Stones captain Worgan was again brilliant.  Substitute Okuonghae put Lewis through into the box but Townsend was equal to it and with half an hour remaining Loza fired high. 

With Asante on for Afolayan, Moors continued to press for the equaliser which duly arrived on 64 minutes; Asante unleashed a scorcher after a run down the left and Worgan could only parry it into the path of Thomas who had an easy tap in to level.  Maidstone might have made an instant response as Ter Horst crossed to Piggott with Townsend diving to his right to quell the danger.

The final 10 minutes saw both teams going for the decider; Moors were caught on the break, but Hines shot wide. Courtney Richardís corner dropped to Murombedzi but a last-ditch scramble from Lewis just manged to clear it. Anderson was presented with a free header, but it cleared the bar and Asanteís late effort was diverted for a corner

Four minutes added time did nothing to change the situation as Moors held out for the point which lifts them off the bottom of the table after a run of five straight losses. Mark Yates was happy after his first game in charge Ė see his comments in the post match review.

On Tuesday Solihull travel to high flying Wrexham, a team who have edged the result in all of the previous three games and next Saturday entertain Gateshead at the Automated Technology Group Stadium KO 3.00 pm .

Seven One Zero    Man of the Match          Kwame Thomas (on his Moors debut)

Moors; Townsend, Green, Daly, Kelleher, Bowen, Carline, Carter, Richards, Murombedzi, Afolayan (Asante 60), Thomas. Subs not used:   Kettle, Sammons,  Hylton,  Paul Green.


Report from John Clothier                  Photos Courtesy of Tom King


Attendance2463 (23 Moors)


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