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Solihull Moors 1 - 4 Eastleigh
Date: Sat 28th Apr 2018
Attn: 1014

Spitfires Shoot Down Low Flying Moors 

The final game of the great escape season at the Automated Technology group Stadium saw Moors take on Eastleigh on a cold wet April day with an early 12.30 kick off, Eastleigh was where the Spitfire fighter planes were constructed during the second World War providing an obvious nick name for their football team.

Mark Yates felt it was time to give a start to several players who have provided staunch support mainly from the bench this season and in came Chris Lait, Alex Reid, Callum Coyle and in goal Sheridan Martinez. Kristian Green skippered the side which had the strongest looking bench ever!

It was an even start for both teams with Chris Lait’s early cross was an easy take for keeper Childs. On ten minutes Moors had a golden chance to take the lead when Jamey Osborne put Alex Reid through for a one on one with Childs but having rounded the keeper his side footed shot lacked pace and was cleared off the line by Obileye.

Eastleigh had a double attempt on goal but the deflected effort from Williamson was well taken at the second attempt by Martinez. Zebroski hit a speculative shot from the edge of the box but it was well over.

It was end to end play but Solihull were not making the most of their chances; George Carline put a pin point cross for Fiacre Kelleher which was headed wide whilst Kristian Green’s strike from the 18-yard line was deflected for a corner. Carline had a shot straight at Childs after good work from Callum Coyle whilst a run through the heart of the Spitfire’s defence from Jamey Osborne ended when Lait shot wide

Eastleigh were playing with confidence and on 33 minutes they opened the scoring when again Zebroski put Mathews through and with time to assess the situation he hammered a left footed shot passed Martinez for the first goal. It could easily have been two as play maker Zebroski crossed to the far post, but McCallum’s header rattled the woodwork as it rebounded.

Eastleigh deserved their slender lead at the half time mark.

It took the visitors just seven minutes from the restart to really pile on the pressure. Kyle Storer was dispossessed    25 yards out and Mathews seized on a clear path into the box where he unleashed his second goal beyond Martinez. 0 -2.

Before Moors had recovered their composure, Mathews struck again for his hat trick; Solihull failed to deal with a low cross into the six-yard box from the right providing the Bournemouth loanee with the easiest of tap ins. 0 - 3.

Solihull quickly made a double substitution with Yussuf and Hylton on for Lait and Carline and then with just over 20 minutes left on the clock Omari Sterling James replaced Coyle.  Hylton brought out decent save from Childs with a 20 yarder but on 69 minutes McCallum was given the easiest of conversions from close range and it was 0 -4.

The was a glimmer of hope on 76 minutes when a solo effort from Yussuf reduced the deficit; The Moorsman brought the ball onto his left foot and from 20 yards curled a peach of a shot over Childs and into the far corner of the net. 1 – 4.

 It was however, too late, try as the home side did to claw another one back. Sterling-James went wide with a free kick from 20 yards, Reid skied a chance after good skill from Sterling -James and when Kelleher rose highest to meet Osborne’s corner he could get no real power in the header.

Four added minutes did nothing to change the score

The result meant that Moors finished the season safely in 18th position which given they had been in the relegation zone the whole season until the first week of April was a remarkable achievement. It elevated the Spitfires up to 14th exactly where Solihull would have been had they won the match.

Woking filled the one remaining relegation slot with Barrow hanging onto their National league status by a solitary point.  Maidstone ended their campaign with the same points as Moors but a worse goal difference. Tranmere, Sutton, Boreham Wood, Aldershot, Ebbsfleet and AFC Fylde will contest the play offs.   


Martinez, K Green (C), Williams, Storer, Lait (Yussuf), Reid , Coyle (Sterling-James), Carline (Hylton), Daly, Kelleher, Osborne.  Subs not Used; Carter, Thomas


Liam Daly was voted Supporters Player of the Season after the match


Report from John Clothier                          Photos Courtesy of Tom King


Solihull Moors - Goals Scored 1
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
Eastleigh - Goals Scored 4
# Name Cards Goals MOM Sub For Sub Time
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