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Solihull Lose the Battle of the "Moors"
PUBLISHED: 14th Jan 18

Expectations were high as Moors faced up to their namesakes, Spennymoor Town in the second round of the Buildbase FA Trophy. Four Rounds from Wembley proved to be a pipe dream in a match where Solihull simply never displayed the quality so evident in recent league matches whilst Spennymoor showed why they are challenging for promotion to the Vanarama National League North which, if it came about, would mean three promotions in as many seasons.

The hosts had a corner in the first minute as they kicked down the heavy slope at the Brewery Field, but Max O’Leary punched the ball to safety. Foley then put in a dangerous cross but Fiacre Kelleher cleared. It was Foley again on seven minutes forcing O’Leary to save to his left


Jamie Record’s long throw landed at the feet of Darren Carter and his trade mark curler brought out a fine save from Porter between the sticks for Spennymoor. Griffiths crossed from the bye line but Liam Daly was well placed to avert the danger whilst as Moors broke, Oladapo Afolayan picked up Kristian Green’s cross but Porter pushed the shot away for a corner. O’Leary was having a busy day as we reached the midway point of the first half saving in quick succession with his legs two close range goal bound efforts. Porter was not to be outdone as Solihull retaliated saving twice in a goal mouth melee which should have seen Moors take the lead

With 15 minutes to go before half time Jamey Osborne broke through the Spennymoor defence finding Jermaine Hylton in space – he fizzed a header across the goal and Kwarme Thomas converted at the near post. It was a classic goal dubiously ruled off side by the referee and that proved to be a turning point.

Almost immediately the home side broke down the left flank and O’Leary spilled the cross giving the incoming Anderson an easy tap in despite a desperate lunge from Daly. 1 – 0.

Moors retaliated with Thomas pounding down the left and putting in a decent cross which was partially cleared by Mason only so far as debutant Kyle Storer but the looping shot cleared the bar

The score line reflected play; Spennymoor maximised the slope and heavy pitch whilst Moors tried to play one touch football which was meat and drink to the hosts.

Solihull started brightly after the interval; Afolayan cut back from the right to find Hylton but the shot was blocked by the keeper for a corner. Dapo then waltz passed two defenders but his dangerous cross into the six-yard box went begging. Reckord executed a defence splitting cross which only needed a nod in but eluded the Solihull front men.

Spennymoor seemed content to soak up the initial pressure and catch their visitors on the break with Hall dispossessing Reckord but Ramshaw’s conversion was easily dealt with by O’Leary. Ramshaw then put Foley through but his pass across the goal mouth found nobody for what would have been a simple tap in.

With Shep Murombedzi on the Hylton Moors tried to exploit the mid field and it almost worked on 70 minutes when Osborne spun a corner towards the far post but big James Curtis, a rock in defence, denied Daly who looked certain to equalise.

Carline replaced Carter as Manager Yates looked for fresh legs in mid field and again it should have produced a result almost straightaway Afolayan went on a run resulting in a dangerous cross from Murombedzi which was deflected for a corner. Green’s long throw was flicked on by Daly but Afolayan blasted high over the bar.

An inspired substitution for Spennymoor on 76 minutes proved to be a killer for Solihull. Within 4 four minutes Andrew Johnson seized on a poor clearance from O’Leary and as the Moors keeper rushed back to his area, Johnson fired home to double the advantage. 2 – 0.

There was really no way back even with four minutes added time. Moors had been beaten by the better team on the day. Spennymoor showed more hunger, made fewer mistakes and never gave Solihull time to settle on the ball. Curtis in the heart of their defence won virtually everything in the air and all too often was unchallenged in so doing. Moors were prevented from creating space and on a heavy pitch their normal game just failed to work.

Solihull need to regroup quickly – next Saturday they host Woking in the league at the ATG Stadium and with Guiseley and Torquay both losing this weekend it is a chance to catch Chester and close the gap on Barrow, Orient and Gateshead. It could not be more important.


Seven-One- Zero Man of the Match             Jamey Osborne


O’Leary, Green, Reckord, Carter © (Carline), Daly, Kelleher, Afolayan, Storer, Osborne, Hylton (Murombedzi), Thomas (Martin). Subs not used. Frempah, Green (P)


Report from John Clothier                  Photos from Tom King

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