Vital Football

From Luton to Boldmere: The December Review

From Luton to Boldmere: The December Review
December:
Played 2; Won 1, Drew 1, Lost 0; For 7, Against 6, GD +1; Points 4 Position: 16th

Luton Town 6-2 Solihull Moors
In short: FA Cup hopes destroyed despite early Osborne double
Starting XI: Lewis; Murombedzi, Fagbola, Daly, Gough, Franklin (Morris); Jones (Knights), Byrne, Osborne; Sterling-James (White), Asante
Goalscorers: Osborne (Franklin), Osborne (Asante)
Debutants: Charlie Morris

Solihull Moors 4-2 Boldmere St.Michaels
In short: Harry White scores a hat-trick as 9th tier Boldmere put to the wayside
Starting XI: Lewis; Obeng, Fagbola, Koue Niate, Gough; Morris, Nortey, Byrne (Shade), Morris (Martin); Murombedzi (Willock); White
Goalscorers: White (Murombedzi), White (Gough), White (Murombedzi), Dielna
Debutants: Marshall Willock, Romario Martin, Tyrese Shade, Nortei Nortey

Solihull Moors 1-2 Matlock Town
In short: Rodgers sent off on debut as Moors exit the FA Trophy
Starting XI: Lewis; Obeng (Jones), Nortey, Daly, Gough (White), Franklin; Osborne, Byrne; Murombedzi; Rodgers, Asante
Goalscorers: White (Jones)
Debutants: Luke Rodgers

Dagenham and Redbridge 4-4 Solihull Moors
In short: Moors let three goal lead slip vs promotion chasing Daggers
Starting XI: Lewis; Nortey, Kettle, Daly, Franklin; Murombedzi, Maye, Byrne, Carline; Sterling-James (Jones); White (Asante)
Goalscorers: White (Franklin), Sterling-James (Franklin), Byrne, Sterling-James (White)
Debutants: Joel Kettle, Simeon Maye

Solihull Moors 3-2 Chester
Starting XI: Lewis; Fagbola, Daly, Kettle, Franklin; Murombedzi (Flanagan), Nortey, Byrne, Carline; Sterling-James; White (Asante)
In short: Boxing Day delight as Moors' hoodoo against full-time clubs comes to a halt against ten man Chester
Goalscorers: Sterling-James, White (Byrne), Sterling-James (Byrne)
Debutants: Calum Flanagan

Goalscorers:
12 - Akwasi Asante
9 - Harry White
7 - Omari Sterling-James
6 - Andy Brown
4 - Jamey Osborne
2 - Ryan Beswick, Jack Byrne
1 - Liam Daly, Joel Dielna, Jordan Fagbola, Shepherd Murombedzi

Assists:
4 - Connor Franklin,
3 - Jack Byrne, Darryl Knights, Shepherd Murombedzi, Omari Sterling-James
2 - Akwasi Asante, Ryan Beswick, Liam Daly, Jordan Gough, Jamey Osborne
1 - Andy Brown, Joel Dielna, Eddie Jones, Harry White

Liam McDonald's opening weeks as Solihull Moors manager had been so fast and furious that Vin Diesel would have been proud.

He walked into a club embarking on a run of seven games in three weeks that started at home and finished at Kenilworth Road with trips to Barrow and Torquay United in between. The run so far had seen three defeats, a draw and a victory in the league along with the Yeovil Town penalty shoot-out win.

So to the FA Cup second round fixture versus Luton Town, a famous old club with previous in the FA Cup including a run to the fifth round while a National League club a couple of years before.

The first half suggested the Hatters were about to receive a taste of their own medicine. Buoyed on by 635 travelling supporters, Solihull Moors took a 2-0 lead, Jamey Osborne scoring both. The first saw him awkwardly get the ball from out of his feet before digging a beautifully curling effort into the top corner that looped over Christian Walton. The second had him turning and blasting the ball into the bottom corner.

Half-time: Luton Town 0-2 Solihull Moors. Marvellous.

Six minutes into the second half Luton got one back through Danny Hylton. Johnny Mullins equalised on 54 minutes. Stephen O'Donnell had the hosts in the lead on 59 minutes before a getting one more in between a Jack Marriott double.

Full-time: Luton Town 6-2 Solihull Moors. Fun while it lasted.

From the dizzy heights of the FA Cup to a local duel against Midland League Premier Division club Boldmere St.Michaels, in the relegation zone at the time of the fixture.

A much changed starting XI saw Charlie Morris start while Marshall Willock, Romario Martin and Tyrese Shade all got game time from the bench. The game was most notable for Harry White's hat-trick which appeared to breathe confidence into the former Barnsley striker - he would go from this game to becoming a key figure in the Moors starting XI.

He didn't start straight away. Akwasi Asante, amongst others, were restored to the starting XI for the FA Trophy fixture against seventh tier Matlock Town who had knocked out Spennymoor Town, Grantham Town and FC Halifax Town on their way to the first round proper. This was a huge game for The Gladiators, evidently the same didn't apply to the Moors.

On a freezing cold Saturday afternoon, the Moors failed to give the home crowd a reason to have left their homes. Luke Rodgers made his Solihull Moors debut in this one and made a real impression - he was sent off for a quite ridiculous challenge on the right hand side. Matlock Town fans were quick to protest against the idea of Luke Rodgers still being allowed to play football following an incident that we were told caused a '20 minute delay' in the game.

As if the red card wasn't bad enough, Matlock were leading 2-0 and looking very self-assured on our playing surface. Harry White at least restored some pride, making the most of a defensive mix-up to fire home left-footed.

Preparing for the pre-Christmas trip to promotion chasing Dagenham and Redbridge, McDonald was finally given the luxury of spending a week coaching his players. Whatever he did restored the hunger in his players for what would prove one hell of a game.

After Harry White gave the Moors the lead after three minutes in Greater London, the travelling contingent witnessed a goal that technically was the best Solihull Moors have scored all season.

Sterling-James received possession on the edge of the box, took a touch out of his feet as he swivelled to face up to goal. A couple of mini steps taken to set himself, he proceeded strike across the ball which swerved away from Elliot Justham into the top corner - he never stood a chance.

On 25 minutes it was 3-0, George Carline's fantastic work down the left channel not going to waste, White's effort saved but Jack Byrne on hand to prod home. Simeon Maye and Joel Kettle were making their debuts in this one and must have thought this league was a piece of cake.

The comeback started before half-time, a well worked free-kick falling for Scott Doe before teenager Tyrique Hyde opened his account with a precise strike.

Sterling-James appeared to kill off the game four minutes into the second half, White showing strength to hold off his man and the awareness to spot the pacey wide man sprinting through the centre of the pitch. The Dagenham defenders gave up the chase knowing what was coming next, Sterling-James taking on the keeper without even touching the ball before slotting into an empty net.

And that was that until the 83rd minute, Ollie Hawkins making it four goals in two games against the Moors before Corey Whiteley nearly broke the net from 10 yards with a half volley.

Two matches vs Dagenham and Redbridge, 6 goals scored, 9 conceded and incredibly just one point.

The years football finished on Boxing Day with Chester being welcomed to the Automated Technology Group Stadium, our first home league match for over a month.

Jon McCarthy's team were flying, 7th in the league having gone nine games without tasting defeat, a run that included a draw away at Tranmere Rovers and victory over fellow play-off chasers Aldershot Town. This fixture would spark a downturn in form that would see the Cheshire finish 19th.

Evidently desperate to get their noses in front and make their presence known, Alabi elbowed Connor Franklin early on only to receive a yellow card for a hit that would rule Connor Franklin for a couple of months before Johnny Hunt received a straight red for a naughty challenge on Shepherd Murombedzi.

They still took the lead, Elliott Durrell picking up on a loose ball, nutmegging Nortey and firing into the bottom corner. Nervous as we were, Sterling-James' was in confident mood and his sensational free-kick gave us the boost we needed.

Harry White put the hosts into the lead, George Carline's cross bouncing off the chest of Jack Byrne into the path of the Moors number 19 who was never going to waste the chance to volley home from close range. Sterling-James then made it consecutive doubles, rounding the keeper before slotting home.

Kane Richards came off the bench to score but it mattered little in the finish. The Moors had finished its greatest year by getting the better of a professional club in a National League fixture.

It really couldn't get better than this.
Writer:Ryan Deeney
Date:Friday May 19 2017
Time: 1:19PM

Login to post a comment

Recent Solihull Moors Articles

Yates & Flowers Set For Home Debut In Dugout

Gateshead are an awkward outfit to play at the best of times and recent events make this a curious clash.

The midweek defeat against Wrexham saw Solihull Moors drop back to the bottom of the division, another spirited performance meaning little given the end result. We are have accrued just one point from the last six home matches while Gateshead have comfortably put aside Leyton Orient and Maidenhead United in their last two away trips.

And yet there is a belief that we can

Moors Drop To Bottom After 1-0 Defeat

Prior to kick-off, this was 2nd top vs 2nd bottom.

Following the game, settled thanks to a 40th minute Paul Rutherford winner, both sides were at complete opposite ends of the division.

Moors Take On High-Flying Wrexham

In our current plight, any result is a good result. A result away from home against a side sitting in the play-off positions is a very good result.

Mark Yates was delighted with his new side

Yates' First Game Ends In Score Draw

Mark Yates' first game in charge of Solihull Moors ended in a 1-1 draw at Maidstone United.

The hosts took the lead barely in a minute into the game through their top scorer Joe Pigott but

Vital Moors Social Media

Archived Vital Moors Articles

Vital Moors articles from

Site Journalists

Joel Cassidy
Editor email
Profile
Ryan Deeney
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Bromley v Solihull Moors predictions!
Suggested By: Vital Solihull Moors
Bromley win29%
Draw14%
Solihull Moors win57%
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Solihull Moors Results (view all)

Solihull Moors Fixtures (view all)

Write for Vital Football