September 30th, 2016

Solihull Moors set for early ‘six pointer’ at home to Harrogate Town

Solihull Moors set for early ‘six pointer’ at home to Harrogate Town Solihull Moors set for early ‘six pointer’ at home to Harrogate Town

A SCINTILLATING top of the table clash awaits Solihull Moors this Saturday when they host second-placed Harrogate Town in the Vanarama National League North.

Marcus Bignot’s side brought to an end a spectacular August by claiming back-to-back wins from their two Bank Holiday games.

Darryl Knights and Michael Nottingham were on the scoresheet as Moors beat Alfreton 2-1 at the Automated Technology Group Stadium on Saturday.

And Bignot’s side recorded their sixth win of the season on Monday with a comfortable 3-1 win over Corby Town, with James Armson, Akwasi Asante and Stefan Moore all grabbing one goal each.

It means that from the seven league games crammed into a three-week period the unbeaten Moors have taken an amazing 19 points which puts them three points clear of Harrogate Town at the top of the National League North.

On top of that the team has scored 19 goals and conceded just five whereas Harrogate has the next best goal difference with just five.

It sets up a mouth-watering clash between the two sides this Saturday in what is already being billed as a ‘six pointer’ despite it being so early on in the season.

While acknowledging the dream start, manager Bignot is at pains to remind his players that this is a 42-game season and they still have 35 matches to play with plenty more twists and turns expected along the way before next April.

He said: “It’s great for the fans that so early in the season they can see a top of the table clash with first taking on second.

“We are currently top of the goal-scoring charts having conceded less goals, both of which are a recipe for a good season

“Six wins and a draw in August have set a great precedent to move on with. We must make sure we keep up the performances and continue the momentum into September.”

Harrogate are managed by Simon Weaver who has been at the helm since 2009. He is vastly experienced in non league having played for Nuneaton, Kidderminster Harriers and Tamworth, and initially started with Sheffield Wednesday.

The two sides have met a total of 16 times, with Moors having won eight and drawn three times.

Admission for this Saturday’s clash, which kicks of at 3pm, is £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and 12 to 15-year-olds, while children under 12 can enter for free as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult.

Season ticket holders from Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Brom, Coventry City and Walsall can enter for half price.

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