Vanarama Conference North
ON TUESDAY night Solihull visited newly promoted Lowestoft Town, a round trip of 360 miles, but a lack lustre performance saw them defeated by 2 – 0, with goals in both halves writes John Clothier.
Moors opened brightly and for the 90 minutes took the game to their hosts but Lowestoft hit them on the break throughout and although Solihull were again creating the attacks, the killer finishing was missing
Darryl Knights headed against the upright with the goal at his mercy as Solihull tried to recover from The Trawlermen’s first goal, a stinging 18 yard drive from Henderson, and Aaron Browns header forced a fine save from man of the match Ashlee Jones. However the game was effectively put to bed when Solihull failed to deal with a cross into the box and Louis was there to ram home number two “
Match Report Solihull Moors 0 Colwyn Bay 0
This is the fourth season Solihull have played Colwyn bay in the Vanarama Conference North : Two wins, two defeats and two draws suggested that this opening game for the 2014/15 campaign would be another tight affair.
Keeper Tony Breeden was immediately called into action in the first minute as Seagulls’s Rob Hopley was straight onto a short back pass and the resulting corner was cleared to safety. As Moors picked up their game, Darryl Knights 35 yard free kick found Rob Elvins in the box and his deft shot was agonisingly wide. On ten minutes Michael Nottingham’s cross to Junior English was headed over the bar. Another free kick on 25 minutes saw Knight’s curling shot very nearly open Solihull’s account but for a superb reaction save from Ollerenshaw who would be a thorn in their side all afternoon.
Owen Story was exploiting every available chance down the right flank and in the space of 60 seconds he saw English head over his cross whilst his own 18 yarder was just wide. It was the new signing again on 36 minutes finishing a good run with a cross that bobbled in the six yard box but nobody could finish the move. Bay had their best spell as the half ebbed away with Hopley heading wide and Obi Anoruo, having skipped passed two defenders shooting high
Then with seconds left on the clock Omar Bogle drove through the Colwyn defence only to be floored in the box by Louis Moss. Bogle struck a weak low drive to the keeper’s right but Ollerenshaw had done his homework and saved the shot to send his team in level in a goal less first half.
Reece Fleet replaced Richard Taundrey as the second half commenced but Bay’s manager Frank Sinclair had clearly motivated his men during the interval as they started to attack the Moors defence. Hopley might well have scored in the 46th minute but a smothering save from Breeden kept the status quo. Bogle went wide as Moors counter attacked and Daly, on the end of a 40 yard free kick from Fleet, was crowded out as he headed goal wards. It was the same outcome on 54 minutes as the big central defender rose to meet a Knights corner, but the tide was turning in the Seagull’s favour. Jake parker fired in from 18 yards on the hour mark but the ball swerved just a the last moment to the right of the upright whilst on 67 minutes Hopley was one on one with Breeden but under pressure scooped his shot wide.
Manager, Frank Sinclair was sent off from the pitch on 70 minutes for foul and abusive language towards the officials – embarrassing for the ex Chelsea star, particularly as the League Authorities had issued a warning that this season such actions would not be tolerated as it brought the game into disrepute. With Moors restricted to breaks Bogle was unlucky to see his curling left foot effort go inches wide with the keeper beaten on 71 minutes and Knights skyed a clear chance on 73.
Darren Byfield was on the Knights and Michael Taylor for Aaron Brown as Marcus Bignot looked for the magic to break the deadlock but whilst the attacks were gathering, Moors were floundering in the final third and the whistle was met with some relief as Moors gained their first point of the season .
This Saturday Moors will be in action away to Stalybridge Celtic.