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15th Apr 17
Solihull Moors 1 York City 2
Proud Moors Fall to York

Solihull Moors 1 York City 2 Attendance 1570

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Good Friday 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.

Moors were 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.

Nathan 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.

     

    

Simeon Maye had Moors first chance on 10 minutes after a good move between White and Green but the finish was slightly high and wide.

If Moors 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.

Andy Brown 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.

With York 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.

 

Moors had 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.

 

Hafeez 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 Bencherif.


Sammons and 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.

     

    

Sterling 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.

In three 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.

With other 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.

The season 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)

 

It could not be more tense.

 

Baxter, Franklin (Sterling-James), Kettle, Byrne, Brown, Green, Maye, Sanusi (Sammons), White, Carline, Nortey (Afolayan) Subs not Used; Acton, Shade

 

Report from John Clothier                              Photos Courtesy of Steve Feeney

   

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