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Mighty Moors Climb Above Stones
PUBLISHED: 11th Apr 18

After another “national” day of rain, one could have been forgiven for checking if this game was on!

However, as usual,the pitch at the Automated Technology Group Stadium looked perfect but for the first time in weeks there was a change in Moors back four; With Liam Daly suspended and Jamie Reckord injured, Mark Yates brought in George Carline and Kristian Green with Tyrone Williams moving to central defence with Fiacre Kelleher.

Moors have enjoyed some tough encounters with the “Stones” over the last two seasons but now both clubs were pushing hard to stay in the National League and a win for Solihull would put them above their visitors and possibly Woking as well.

Moors opened brightly with Jermaine Hylton causing problems immediately; his defence splitting through ball put Kwame Thomas in for a one on one with keeper Worgan and then he sent Jamey Osborne away down the flank, but a glorious cross eluded everybody.

Maidstone had a chance on 8 minutes when Max O’Leary was at full stretch to defend a high cross but as the ball spilled to Prestedge, the Moors shot stopper flung himself at his feet for a magnificent save.

Thomas combined well with Osborne through the middle of the park but could not reach the final pass in the box whilst Adi Yussuf was adjudged off side when Osborne again opened up the Stones’ defence.

It seemed inevitable that Osborne, very much the play maker in this match, would prove pivotal if Moors were to score and on 25 minutes he played a one-two with Darren Carter from a rare short corner and as the cross came in, Tyrone Williams was free on the far post to slot home his first goal for the club.

Hylton was close with a one on one with Worgan and Yussuf hit the side netting as the interval approached. O’Leary did well to palm away a high cross from the impressive Ofori-Twumasi whilst in the dying moments of the half Hylton put Thomas through but Worgan saved with his legs.

Moors fully justified their slender first half lead. 1 – 0 at half time.

Hylton set the scene for a pulsating second half as, collecting the ball from Thomas, he powered through the Maidstone defence and in another one on one with Worgan, chipped the ball over the keeper only to see it rebound off the cross bar. It was Hylton again putting Osborne through, but the curling shot was wide of the far post.

O’Leary was well placed to deal with Reason’s header from a corner whilst on the hour mark Carline’s long throw was headed wide by Kelleher. On 65 minutes, Hylton was upended by Worgan   20 yards out and surprisingly the keeper escaped without even a yellow card.; The ensuing free kick was nodded down by Thomas but Hylton shot wide.

Alex Reid replaced Hylton on 69 minutes and Solihull might have doubled their lead moments later when Storer put Yussuf through but Worgan was equal to the shot.  Carter’s free kick was saved by the keeper whilst Reid could not quite make Yussuf’s through ball with only Worgan in his way.

Omari Sterling-James was on for Yussuf and his delicate pass to Osborne with time ebbing away saw the shot deflected for a corner. Four minutes of added time saw the Stones making a determined effort to salvage a point, but the defence held firm and Reid was close to doubling the score on a breakaway in the last moments.

So, it was six points out of six in 72 hours for the Mighty Moors which did indeed see them leap frog Maidstone in the league standings as well as Woking who lost at Maidenhead. It was a huge win against determined opposition and credit to every single Moors player all of whom played their hearts out.

The squad must now ready themselves for Saturday’s home game against bottom club Guiseley. The Lion’s have themselves shown much better performances since Sean St Ledger took over the managerial reins and it will be another immense encounter for Solihull. Kick Off 3.00pm

Seven One Zero                Man of the Match                Tyrone Williams


O’Leary, Green (K), Carter ©, Williams, Storer, Yussuf (Sterling-James), Hylton (Reid), Thomas, Carline, Kelleher, Osborne, Subs not used; Lait, Coyle, Martinez


Report from John Clothier                  Photos Courtesy of Tom King


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