FOOTBALL - Moors hold Chesterfield in stalemate - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Moors hold Chesterfield in stalemate

Solihull Editorial 21st Feb, 2023 Updated: 21st Feb, 2023   0

SOLIHULL Moors recorded their first home clean sheet since October as Neal Ardley’s side held high-flying Chesterfield to a goalless draw.

It was a case of defences on top at the ARMCO Arena with neither side able to make a breakthrough as Josh Kelly went closest for Moors late on.

The result means Moors sit 12th in the National League table, six points outside of the play-off places.

Chesterfield made a quick start as Armando Dobra flashed an effort inches wide before Andrew Dallas saw a header well-saved by Ross Fitzsimons at the other end.

The only other chance of note in a drab first half came in the final seconds when Liam Mandeville blazed his effort over the crossbar.

Moors survived a scare early in the second half as Dallas positioned himself perfectly to head Ash Palmer’s header off the line from a Chesterfield corner.

The home side felt they could have had a penalty just past the hour mark when substitute Kelly hit the deck following a scramble in the penalty area only for the referee to wave away Solihull’s appeals.

Moors’ best chance fell to Kelly on 75 minutes as the striker found himself through on goal only to shoot wide from 12-yards out.

Defender Alex Gudger was also introduced from the bench and produced an outstanding display in his half-hour cameo as he made several crucial blocks and tackles.

The Spireites had one final chance at the death as Ryan Colclough saw his drilled effort saved by Moors goalkeeper Ryan Boot to ensure the points were shared.

Moors are next in action away at Halifax Town TONIGHT (Tuesday, February 21) with kick-off at 7.45pm at The Shay.

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