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AFC Fylde 1 Solihull Moors 1 Attendance 2045
AFC Fylde 1 - 1 Solihull Moors
Date: Sat 21st Apr 2018
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Moors travelled to the North West coast to face promotion contenders AFC Fylde in a match where a win for the “Coasters” would almost certainly guarantee their place in the play offs but a similar outcome for Moors would finally cement their position in next season’s non-league top flight.

Moors were still without the injured Jamie Reckord, Adi Yussuf and Paul Green. It was their first visit to the magnificent Mill Farm Stadium which was bathed in sunshine for the warmest Saturday this year

Kwame Thomas fouled Francis-Angol early on, but Max O’Leary had no problem with the free kick. Moors broke quickly and when they too had an early free kick some 25 yards out, Darren Carter slipped a quick pass through to the advancing Omari Sterling-James who smashed it into the back of the net before Keeper, Lynch, had time to react. A perfect start for the visitors!  0-1.

Jermaine Hylton outpaced the defence as he powered down the right flank and his pass to Sterling James resulted in a curling left footed shot just the wrong side of the far post. George Carline’s 20 yarder was parried to safety by Lynch who almost immediately foiled Carter’s free kick which looked destined for the second goal.

Carter’s free kick was headed over by Fiacre Kelleher and it was with almost twenty minutes played that the Coasters finally threatened but Jonny Smiths opportunist long range strike sailed over the bar.

On the half hour mark Tyrone Williams put Hylton through for a one on one with Lynch who rushed off his line to clear the danger only so far as Sterling-James, but the keeper deflected the second shot away for a corner.

Hylton collected a long pass out of defence but having passed Tunnicliffe saw his shot with the outside of his left foot hit the side netting. Carter caused further problems with a curling trade mark corner which needed all of Lynch’s ability as it dipped under the cross bar.

It was one of Solihull’s best performances in a first half and they could so easily been three or more goals up. Fylde had much for which to thank their keeper Jay Lynch.

 

Inevitably Fylde would be a different side as play resumed for the second half and on 50 minutes Moors were undone when Smith put in a defence splitting cross from near the far corner flag which was met with a bullet header by Bond giving O’Leary no chance. 1 – 1.

Two minutes later the Coaster’s were through again but this time it was Max O’Leary’s turn to make an incredible double save; First the Solihull shot stopper parried Bond’s goal bound effort then as Rowe followed up he saved with his legs with the ball on the goal line

It was nail-biting as Fylde put Moors under the cosh but a breakaway on 53 minutes provided Hylton with a one on one with Lynch but under pressure from two defenders the ball was deflected for a corner.

Francis-Angol ‘s cross found the head of big Danny Lowe resulting in a corner but then Smith saw his effort from point blank range somehow deflected over the bar by the ever-vigilant Tyrone Williams - it was an amazing clearance.

Manager Yates replaced the tiring Hilton with Alex Reid and on 68 minutes Jamey Osborne, still suffering from a minor knock the previous Tuesday, was on for Carline. The fresh legs worked, and Moors were back into this pulsating match.  Nevertheless, Rowe went close with a quarter hour remaining with Daly clearing off the line.

Carter’s free kick in the dying stages was headed across the goal by Liam Daly with Thomas just inches away from converting whilst Smith’s effort in the last minute of normal time was deflected away to safety

Four minutes added time could have changed everything; Fylde were awarded a free kick some 20 yards out and as everyone waited the long cross the ball was drilled low towards the far post – it was certainly goal bound but O’Leary had recognised the danger and was there to save the day.

 

So mathematically Moors are not quite safe, although a far better goal difference than Woking is a great comfort as they sit 3 points behind us with just one game remaining and that against promotion hopefuls, Dover Athletic. A point away at Tranmere on Tuesday (KO 7.45) or at home to Eastleigh (12.30 pm) in the last game of the season will be enough regardless.

 

Seven- One Zero                   Supporters Man of the Match                      Max O’Leary

 

Solihull Moors: O’Leary, Williams, Daly, Kelleher, Storer, Carter ©, Green (K), Carline (Osborne 68), Sterling-James (Lait 90), Thomas, Hylton (Reid 61). Subs not used: Coyle, Martinez. 

 

Report from John Clothier                  Photos Courtesy of Tom King


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