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Maidenhead United 1 - 0 Solihull Moors
Date: Tue 26th Dec 2017
Attn: 1261

This was Moors first ever visit to York Road to face the “Magpies” who were promoted as National League South champions at the end of last season. They have made a solid start to this campaign and at the start of the game were comfortably placed in mid table.

Moors made two changes from Saturday’s starting line up with Oladapo Afolayan and Akwasi Asante replacing Jack Storer and the injured Kwame Thomas.

Maidenhead had the first chance with Clifton’s effort easily blocked whilst Solihull replied with Darren Carter’s shot clearing the bar. Afolayan played Asante through on 11 minutes but his curler was well saved by keeper Pentney.

With almost half an hour played Shep Murombedzi squeezed the ball back from the by-line to Carter who whipped a trade mark cross into the box, but Massey was well placed to clear the danger. Goodman tried his luck from 30 yards, but it was well over O’Leary’s bar, whilst Mulley screwed the ball across the face of goal but was well wide.

Moors almost opened the magpies’ defence in the penultimate minute of the half when Afolayan linked well with Carter, but the cross was cleared by Kilman

It was an even first half and all square was just about right

Moors were straight at their hosts from the whistle with Asante putting Carter through but Pentney was again equal to the low shot from the Solihull captain. At the other end Clifton looked to have scored as he got on the end of a corner, but Jamey Osborne was there to clear the ball off the line

Disaster struck on the hour mark when Moors succumbed to a set piece – it was the one and only time in the game that they were distracted but Smith met a corner and O’Leary had no chance. 0 – 1.

Five minutes later Pritchard shot from the edge of the box, but O’Leary was ready, and he saved well. Immediately Jamie Reckord put a pin point cross into the Maidenhead box but Murombedzi’s header looped over the bar. The elusive Smith had another try on 72 minutes as he connected with Pritchard’s corner, but he headed over.

With George Carline on for Paul Green, and Jack Storer for Afolayan, Moors were searching for a way back and it looked as though Osborne’s shot from the edge of the box would do the trick but Pentney saved brilliantly pushing the ball with one hand away for a corner.

For their part the hosts were still looking for another goal, but substitute Marks could not quite connect with Clifton’s through ball.

To lose by a single goal and that as a result of a set piece was not what this spirited performance deserved, and Manager Mark Yates was positive about his team’s overall showing;

“I feel frustrated – I thought we were the better team but were undone by a set piece. We were in the ascendancy before they got the goal but we switched off and they scored. We got into some great positions - the commitment, effort and organisation was outstanding.  

We looked full of energy although our decision making in the final third was not quite what we wanted.”

Solihull regroup for Saturday’s game at Barrow. They drew at home to Wrexham but although 12 points ahead of Moors, are fifth from bottom. With Guiseley beating Chester and Torquay drawing at Eastleigh, the result at Barrow is vital.


O’Leary, Kelleher, Green (K), Osborne, Green (P) (Carline), Reckord, Daly, Murombedzi, Carter ©, Asante,  Afolayan (Storer) . Subs Not Used ; Bowen, Frempah, Martin


Report from John Clothier and Matt Roberts             Photos Courtesy of Tom King



Maidenhead United - Goals Scored 1
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