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Preview: Solihull Moors vs Guiseley
*A Quick Look at What to Expect Tomorrow from John Clothier*
PUBLISHED: 13th Apr 18

Tomorrow Moors host Guiseley AFC for the penultimate home game of the season. Kick off is at 3.00pm.

Guiseley are anchored to the bottom of the National league although there is a mathematical chance they could still avoid the drop back to the National North from where they came back in 2014/15. The Yorkshire outfit will, therefore, be playing for their lives and Solihull will need to be on the top of their game if they are to secure another three points on the road to League safety.


The Lions have seen an upturn in their fortunes in their last two matches with a good away win at Hartlepool and a home draw with Maidstone whilst we have taken maximum points in our last two games from the same opposition. In the last six matches the position of the two clubs is;

Guiseley          LLDLWD                                              Moors    DWDDWW

Solihull can boast five clean sheets in the last five games.

In The Opposition Dugout

Its a welcome back to the ATG Stadium for Sean St Ledger who fans will remember spent a month with us earlier in the season on his way back to fitness. He became Caretaker Manager when previous boss Paul Cox was sacked last February having achieved just four wins in 29 outings.

Sean is a local Solihull man and the 32-year-old started his career at Peterborough United before securing a move to Preston North End in the Championship where he made 185 appearances over a five-year spell. He then joined Leicester City where he stayed for three years in between loan stints at Middlesbrough and Millwall.  The ex-Republic of Ireland international made the move to the MLS in 2015 linking up with football icon Kaka at Orlando City, before moving on to Colorado Rapids. He has 37 caps and three goals to his name for Republic of Ireland.

Opposition Key Man

Keep a careful watch on striker Dayle Southwell who has always shown what he is made of when playing against us! He started his career at Grimsby Town where he came through the youth system and went on to play 42 times for the Mariners. He then joined Boston United where in 74 appearances he netted 52 times (including some against us). In 2016 he signed for Wycombe Wanderers and came to Guiseley last January.

He made one appearance for the National C team in 2016 but could not be considered for more following his move into the Football league.

A Quote from the Gaffer

"The job is not done yet and four more big battles lie ahead, starting tomorrow. We know that Guiseley are a big physical side who will make life difficult for us if we allow them to. We know that we must be on our game from the off and not give them anything. Weve worked hard on our preparation and the lads are looking forward to getting back out there.

"Our fans support was first-class during the last game and more of the same is required  as we go in search of three more precious points which would take us further away from danger.

"Our approach and attitude will be right tomorrow."

The Last Time the Two Sides Met

We last played Guiseley away in October it was a cold, very wet day but having just secured our first win under the management of Richard Money, hopes were high. We should not have been so naive as the Lions hammered us comfortably 4 2 (one of Paul Coxs few wins).

The hosts took the lead in the 23rd minute when Lee Molyneux's free-kick found the top corner from 20 yards. It was a screamer of a shot and Vaughan had no chance at all. It did, however, persuade the Moors ex manager to bring Oladapo Afolayan off the substitutes bench and the scores were level two minutes before half-time when Dapo collected Liam Daly's pass and found the net.

The game exploded into life in the 65th minute when debutant Rowan Liburd slotted home six minutes after coming off the bench before Afolayan immediately responded by scoring from Shepherd Murombedzi's cross. However, Lawlor struck in the next minute when the Solihull defence failed to deal with a long free kick and with three minutes left on the clock Rooney's free-kick made it 4-2. (John Rooney is the younger brother of Wayne)

 Did You Know

Not only did Sean St Ledger spend time as a Moors player but so did John Niate who left Guiseley in March. They have recently signed Ben Frempah from us (and he will be itching to get on the pitch tomorrow) and Jermaine Hylton played three times for the Lions in 2016 on loan from Swindon Town.

Guiseley have played at Nethermoor Park during their entire existence which dates back 109 years.


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Adult season ticket holders for local Premier League/EFL clubs; Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Brom, Wolves, Walsall and Coventry City, will be eligible for £10.00 entry to Vanarama National League games ONLY upon presentation of their valid season ticket at the turnstiles.

Junior: (12 to 15 years of age inclusive): £10.00

Under 12's: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)


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