September 26th, 2016

Solihull Moors and AFC Telford draw a blank in pre-season encounter

Updated: 6:42 pm, Jul 20, 2016

SOLIHULL Moors came away from AFC Telford with a clean sheet following Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw which saw Marcus Bignot stick with the same starting 11 for the entire friendly fixture.

Moors’ last visit to Telford back in April saw Akwasi Asante bag a hat-trick in a comfortable 3-0 win and this time around Telford goalkeeper James Montgomery was thankful not to see the Moors striker in the side this time around.

The visitors had the first chance of the match on 11 minutes when Jack Byrne found Harry White in the box but his shot was easily dealt with by Montgomery.

Telford came straight back with Hibbert forcing a point blank parry from Danny Lewis and Reynolds missing the follow up. while Andy Brown went close against his former club on 14 minutes but he headed wide of the target.

A blatant shirt pull on Brown 40 yards out gave Byrne the chance of a long free kick but his effort sailed over the bar before Giitings’ shot from 25 yards suffered the same fate.

The impressive Reynolds then skipped by three Solihull defenders soon after before producing a great save low to his right from Lewis.

With no substitutions, Moors readied themselves for the second half but Telford quickly took the game to their visitors.

Lewis saved well as Havern headed goalwards and then reacted brilliantly to tip over the bar as Williams floated in the resultant corner which hit a Moors defender.

Telford made four changes on the hour mark as Moors had their best spell of the half. Knights’ low effort from the 18 yard line was pushed away by the diving Montgomery, and more should have been made from Beswick’s 35 yard free kick which caused chaos in the box.

That said Solihull were on the back foot for most of the half and Evans could have put the hosts in front had it not been for Theo Streete’s deflection.

Moors were very fortunate when in the 70th minute Fowler’s free kick from just beyond the box scythed through their defence and ricochet off the near post.

Nevertheless in the dying moments Moors launched their best attack of the night down the left flank rattling in two goal attempts both hitting a packed Telford defence.

The full squad is next in action at home this Saturday when Shrewsbury Town visit the Automated Technology Group Stadium (3pm).

Team – Lewis, Trialist, Trialist, Daly, Streete ©, Franklin, Brown, Byrne, White, Beswick, Knights.

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