North Ferriby United 1 Solihull Moors 4 Attendance 363
cloudy day with a moderate wind greeted Moors as they took to the bumpy pitch
for this vital game against the “Villagers” of North Ferriby United. 34 hardy
souls had made the long journey to support the team. It was a welcome return to
the starting line up for Connor Franklin and a bench slot for Andy Brown, both
players having been out with injuries for almost three months. Liam McDonald
decided to give Liam Daly the day off to help with his injury picked up at Dover and Ashley Sammons took the
Captain’s arm band
defending against the wind the first half was an uneventful affair until just
before the half time whistle. Joel Kettle had the first opening on 20 minutes
as he headed over Sammon’s corner and almost immediately Dapo Afolayan put Shep
Murombedzi through but the shot was just wide. Nathan Baxter made a good save from
a Ferriby corner whilst Gray was just wide for the home team from a free kick.
minutes remaining before the interval Moors broke the deadlock; Omari Sterling-James broke down the right before unleashing a fierce shot which
keeper Watson managed to push onto the post but the alert Simeon Maye was on
hand prod home.1 - 0
last long, however and the hosts were level on 43 minutes; Solihull failed to clear a corner which fell
to Tinkler who slammed the ball home from close range.1 - 1
even at half time were a fair reflection of play.
the restart Moors looked rejuvenated and dominated play from start to finish.
Sterling James was booked for diving with the goal at his mercy, Afolayan
pulled an early shot wide whilst Watson saved at point blank range from
minutes Sterling James broke through the back four and stroked a delightful
second Moors goal beyond Watson for 2 – 1.
Nortey on for Maye, Solihull maintained the pressure and were rewarded on 76 minutes when George
Carline met Sammons exquisite free kick and in a repeat of his goal the
previous week, buried the header beyond Watson. 3 – 1.
replaced Sterling James with ten minutes left on the clock and Regan
Charles-Cook for Murombedzi as the final whistle beckoned.
the save of the day from ten yards but Moors still had plenty of fuel in the
tank as they scored again in the fourth minute of added time; Ferriby failed to
clear Charles-Cook’s cross from the bi line which fell to Nortey and his low
drive gave the keeper no chance as the ex Chelsea man scored his first goal for
Solihull. 4 – 1
It was a
comprehensive win for Moors who now have 48 points and nine games left. Manager
McDonald was delighted with his team’s performance;
half was even and we had to defend against the wind. It was necessary to get
the ball into Ferriby’s final third as quickly as possible. But we dominated
possession and set pieces in the second half and it was a joy to watch. The win
has moved us away from the bottom group and that is important.
regroup quickly now for Tuesday’s visit to Forest Green Rovers who sit second
in the league and still have hopes of lifting the title if Lincoln slip up. It
will be a test for McDonald’s young squad but one they will relish.
Murombedzi (Charles-Cook), Kettle, Flanagan, Franklin, Green, Sammons ©, Maye
Carline, Afolayan, Sterling James (Udoh). Subs not used Lewis,
man of the Match Ashley Sammons
forget George Carline making the Non League Paper’s Team of the Day!
John Clothier Photos courtesy of Steve Feeney
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