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Solihull Moors 1 Leyton Orient 0
*Woes for O's as mighty Moors hit winning trail - by John Clothier*
PUBLISHED: 3rd Dec 17

Moors opening match of the season was away to the Orient and it served as a wake-up call with O’s winning comfortably 3-1. Since then the season has gone downhill for both clubs, the return fixture now more of a relegation battle. Mark Yates has seen major improvements in the Solihull squad since he took over just a few weeks ago and you sensed after last weeks home draw with Gateshead that a major corner was waiting to be turned - his charges looked for the first win under the new regime.

Jamey Osborne was back in the side on a month’s loan from Grimsby and Sean St. Ledger was fit again. There was an air of expectation, although the 500 plus fans from East London had high hopes that their team would at last put in the type of performance expected from this grand old London outfit relegated from the Football league just last season. Justin Edinburgh was on the touch line having been appointed O’s manager last Wednesday.

It was a lively start from the home side with Osborne splitting the Orient defence with a cross which eluded the front men. Oladapo Afolayan ran straight at the visitor’s defence but the cleared shot fell to James Bowen some 35 yards out who was off the mark. Bowen was then instrumental in a near miss situation as his long cross provided Jermaine Hylton was a free header which rebounded off the cross bar - Osborne rushed in to convert, but his shot was blocked.

Carters free kick sailed over Brill but Daly could not reach it whilst Hylton’s break through the centre of the park saw Afolayan in with a chance but again the Orient defence defied the Mighty Moors. All this and only 20 minutes played!  

Bowen’s exquisite cross was met by Osborne, but Brill lived up to his name producing a fantastic save to stop an otherwise certain goal. Orient looked to be playing a waiting game and when they broke out near the half hour mark, Bonne thought he was in a one on one with Max O’Leary, but Fiacre Kelleher had read the situation and cleared the ball to safety.

The O’s quickly had another chance as Dayton got on the end of a knock but O’Leary was well positioned and made a terrific save. McAnuff put in a low cross but Clay picked up Liam Daly’s clearance although his 20 yarder was wide of the post.

Moors had the last action of the half when Kwame Thomas knocked the ball into the path of Afolayan who was adjudged offside.

0-0 at the interval felt unjust – Moors had outplayed their distinguished guests but apart from more belief in themselves, had nothing to show for a tantalising opening 45.

The irrepressible Hylton got the second half off to a good start with Afolayan then going close but on 59 minutes Solihull’s persistence paid off; Carter put a trade mark curling free kick and with Brill positioned towards the centre of the box, Daly stole in on the far post and headed Moors in front. 1-0. The home crowd went wild!

Hylton dribbled his was through the Orient defence before putting Carter through but Moors captain blasted over the bar. Orient were still looking dangerous on the break and on 75 it was hearts in mouths time for the Solihull faithful as a goal mouth scramble was eventually cleared to safety by Daly.

Hylton put Thomas through but the striker could not get a shot in and when on 84 minutes Thomas did get a one on one with Brill, the keeper saved well. Right at the end of normal time It O’Leary’s turn to impress as he thwarted a break down the right side.

Referee Gibbons signalled four minutes added time and almost immediately Paul Green was brought down in the Orient penalty area after Afolayan had threaded the ball through. Carter shot his penalty low and hard to the near side post, but Brill had chosen well and pushed the ball onto the upright and away to safety.


It did not matter as Moors held on for their first home win since the 5th September. That was against Marcus Bignot’s Chester and Moors travel there next Saturday for another relegation battle. Kick Off 3:00 pm.


Seven One Zero    Man of the Match    Draw between Jamey Osborne and Liam Daly

Iceing on the cake!! 

Max O'Leary, Jamey Osborne and the gaffer, Mark Yates, all made the Non League Paper National League Team of the Day!

Solihull Moors: O’ Leary (GK), Bowen, Carter ©, Atkinson, Hylton, Afolayan (Asante), P. Green, Daly, Kelleher, Osborne (Murombedzi), Thomas, Subs not used: K. Green, St. Ledger, Carline.

Attendance: 1,118 (533 away).

Report from John Clothier                  Photos Courtesy of Tom King




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