Moors travelled to second in the league Tranmere Rovers searching for points
which would protect their position in the National League. They were without
the injured Liam Daly, Shep Murombedzi and Calum Flanagan whilst Charles Regan
Cook was still missing following the recent sending off. What unfolded was a
nightmare defeat which put Solihull in the record book for all the wrong reasons and plunged
the Club perilously near the relegation zone.
bright sunshine Moors made a relatively good start but only just survived a
wake up call on 10 minutes when defensive confusion left Stockton in space on
the edge of the box and his chip over Danny Lewis was denied by the cross bar. Lewis
saved well from Norwood as Rovers started to gain momentum,
whilst Moors had a good chance when keeper Davies and skipper McNulty seemed to
collide but a wayward header landed the wrong side of the post of the open
minutes Moors were completely undone as Tranmere broke from defence with wing
back Ridehalgh hitting a perfect long ball down the left flank – Stockton passed it to Norwood as the big striker ran into the six
yard box to produce a bullet header as the return was powerfully crossed. 1 - 0.
Stockton headed Vaughan’s cross over but got another chance
on 26 minutes when Ridehalgh found him in oceans of space in the edge of the
box and he blasted an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net. 2 – 0.
Jennings was fouled in the box a minute later it took all the brilliance of
Lewis to deny Stockton his hat trick from the penalty spot as the Moors keeper
guessed correctly and dived to his left as the ball sped towards the corner of
battled on but George Carline was off target with a 25 yarder and when Nortey
got on the end of Sammon’s long free kickhe hit high and wide, Afolayan put in an overlongcross having disposed of McNulty and Carline
at last brought Davies into actionas he
met Sammon’s free kick. Things were, nevertheless, about to get worse for
final minute of normal time before the break Stockton completed his hat trick as
Ridehalgh drove a hard low ball across the box and the striker lost two
defenders to side foot beyond the hapless Lewis 3 – 0.
It was the
worst possible time to concede – a hammer blow to any real chance of mounting a
come back and if anything Tranmere were even
more rampant as the second half got going.
fired in a low drive from well outside the box and it caught Lewis by surprise
as it nestled into the back of the net (4 – 0) and with just 50 minutes played
he doubled his tally when he met a decent corner from Hughes and headed home
from close range. 5 – 0.
As if to
add insult to injury, Stockton was substituted only to be replaced
by leading goal scorer Andy Cook. Danny Lewis made two great saves as Rovers pressurised but on 70 minutes Cook was on the score sheet
when he powerfully headed Vaughan’s cross from close range (6 - 0).
Shade replaced Afolayan on 75 minutes just before Sammon’s free kick was denied
by a good save from Davies. However the afternoon went from bad to worse on 84
minutes when a curling free kick from Ridehalgh found the net (7 -0) and just
before added time Jennings got his hat trick with a solo effort finishing with
a blast from 18 yards (8 – 0)
Collins made it nine in added time and the rout was complete. It was Moors biggest
ever defeat as they matched the worst score line in National League history.
One felt for Danny Lewis who probably was Moors Man of the Match but on this
occasion there would be no such accolade.
to 18th in the league just three places and 3 points above the drop
zone. Their goal difference stats are no longer a factor in the survival
stakes. There are 4 games left this season and Solihull simply must turn this result around
and increase their points tally if they wish to continue play at this level.
fellow strugglers YorkCity at home on Good Friday – on
respective recent performances, that is going to be a breath taking encounter.
Kick off at the ATG Stadium is at .
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