Solihull Moors 1 York City 2 Attendance 1570
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was the day when Moors had to rebuild the wreckage of the 0 – 9 defeat at
Tranmere and get some points on the board as the threat of relegation beamed
ever closer. That they did in the second half produce some wonderful football
is testament to the ability and team spirit in the squad but it was the
Minstermen who bagged all the spoils in front of an away crowd of 777.
without the injured Liam Daly and Danny Lewis and the news that the club
skipper has a hair line ankle fracture was a major upset before a ball had been
kicked. Jack Byrne wore the captain’s armband.
Baxter was immediately into action as Morgan-Smith beat Joel Kettle but the
Moors keeper was straight down to cut out the cross. York danger man Jon Parkin shot from the
edge of the box but the deflection took it thankfully wide of the post and
Morgan-Smith headed the corner away to safety. Baxter failed to claim a through
ball on its way to Whittle and the neat chip to Parkin should have been in the
net but the big man curled it well wide.
had Moors first chance on 10 minutes after a good move between White and Green
but the finish was slightly high and wide.
were unaware of Parkin’s shooting prowess they got the most devastating wake
up call on 15 minutes. Kettle’s badly timed tackle gifted a free kick to City
25 yards out and Parkin hit a low bullet around the wall which cannoned off the
upright across the goal mouth and there was Oliver for a simple tap in. 0 – 1.
did well as he battled to win a Franklin throw but as he turned, he totally
miss kicked the ball .It was then Byrne’s foul which saw Parkin launch another
screamer, this time from 30 yards and although Baxter was in the right place
the force of the shot visibly shook the
Moors shot stopper but he safely held onto the ball.
in the ascendancy another goal looked inevitable and it duly arrived on 32
minutes after a good move down the left flank allowed Oliver to choose his spot
and Baxter had no chance. 0 -2.
York looked rampant but Moors heads were high. Carline’s
header from another long Franklin throw produced a good save from
Loach, Heslop wasted a chance when he shot straight at Baxter,
Carline’s header went close from a free kick and Parkin close range effort
failed to bother Baxter.
steadied the ship and in the last of four minutes added time they clawed a goal
back; George Carline was fouled 25 yards out as he charged through the middle
of the York defence and Harry White hit an exquisite curling free kick well beyond the reach of
Loach into the corner of the net. 1 – 2.
It had been
York’s half but Moors rode the storm and
were in a good place to carry on as the second half got under way. In the 47th
minute White shot for home but the ball hit the upright and straight back into
the arms of the stranded Loach. Green’s long throw landed at White’s feet for a
one on one but Loach deflected the shot for a corner.
Sanusi who had played a pivotal role in Moors defence shot from an acute angle
20 yards out but the ball landed on the top of the net. Nortey‘s header from
Franklin’s cross was too weak to worry Loach. Andy Brown’s cross split the York defence but there was an infringement
in the box. White might have doubled his tally just after the hour mark when he
collected Brown’s pass, turned and volleyed just wide under pressure from
Afolayan were on for Sanusi and Nortey on 67 minutes as Liam McDonald bolstered
the strike force with Moors now dictating the bulk of play. Almost immediately
Carline blasted over from close range after a good move between Sammons and Franklin whilst after Afolayan had been
upended, Sammon’s 35 yard free kick was nodded just over by Brown.
James replaced Franklin on 79 minutes and his presence up
front was immediately causing problems for a tired York defence. Dapo Afolayan saw his goal
bound effort palmed away by the keeper and Sterling James went inches wide as
he ran at the defence.
minutes of added time Moors were so unlucky not to find the elusive equaliser;
Sterling-James speculative effort was inches wide and White was denied by Loach
in a one on one
It was not
to be but the confidence had returned to the Moors squad and they will take
that very positive plus to Macclesfield on Bank Holiday Monday.
results in the league not helping Solihull’s situation, they find themselves one place above
the drop zone and on the same number of points as Braintree below them and Woking and York who are now above them.
looks destined to go to the wire as Moors finish the campaign away to
Macclesfield (9th in the table) , Eastleigh the last home game next Saturday (14th
place) and the final game at Guiseley on the 29th April (17th)
not be more tense.
Baxter, Franklin (Sterling-James), Kettle, Byrne,
Brown, Green, Maye, Sanusi (Sammons), White, Carline, Nortey (Afolayan) Subs
not Used; Acton, Shade
John Clothier Photos
Courtesy of Steve Feeney