FOOTBALL - Ardley 'embarrassed' after 10-man Moors thrashed at Bromley - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Ardley 'embarrassed' after 10-man Moors thrashed at Bromley

Solihull Editorial 4th Apr, 2023 Updated: 4th Apr, 2023   0

NEAL Ardley was left embarrassed by his side’s performance after 10-man Solihull Moors were thrashed 4-0 by Bromley to bring an end to their five-game unbeaten run.

Bromley’s Michael Cheek scored two penalties either side of half time, the second of which came after Junior Tiensia was shown a second yellow card for a foul in the box.

Corey Whitely and Harry Forster were also on target at Hayes Lane as Moors slumped to a heavy defeat in the capital to drop to 11th in the National League table.

Ardley said: “The last five games that we’ve played, we’ve had a right go, we’ve battled, we’ve fought, we’ve run and we got out just deserts when we were lacking a bit of confidence and we’ve built that back up.

“We lost battles at both ends, two penalties and a sending off will always add to the scoreline, we didn’t do enough, I was embarrassed by the performance, I can only apologise to the fans.

“We lost our heads a bit, five players were booked in the first 20 minutes, there was always going to be a sending off, our game management was poor and it looked like men against boys.

“The most disappointing thing was we never looked like laying a glove on them, we never won a battle or held the ball up, all of that good work we’ve put in has gone out of the window.

“That defines our season, too inconsistent and too soft.”

Bromley were awarded a penalty on 25 minutes after James Clarke was adjudged to have fouled Besart Topalloj and Cheek fired the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner.

And the home side doubled their lead on 41 minutes as Whitely produced a cool finish past Ryan Boot when one-on-one after Callum Howe’s ball out from the back was intercepted.

Things went from bad to worse for Moors on 54 minutes as Tiensia was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Whitely and Cheek scored his second penalty of the game with a powerful finish down the middle of the goal.

Bromley completed the rout on 87 minutes when Forster combined well with Louis Dennis and placed the ball into the bottom right corner.

Solihull are next in action at home to Maidenhead United on Friday, April 7 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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