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25th May, 2022

FOOTBALL - Moors unbeaten run comes to an end after narrow Stockport defeat

SOLIHULL Moors five-game unbeaten run came to an end after Paddy Madden’s second-half header inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Neal Ardley’s side at the ARMCO Arena.

 

Madden headed home on 73 minutes to claim all three points for the visitors with Jamey Osborne coming closest for Moors when he struck the crossbar.

 

Despite the defeat, Solihull remain in the National League play-off places in seventh, five points behind league leaders Chesterfield.

 

Solihull started on the front foot with Joe Sbarra curling narrowly over the bar before Adam Rooney was unable to divert his effort on target.

 

Moors goalkeeper Ryan Boot then made a sensational double save, keeping out Madden’s header at full stretch before then returning to his feet to deny the follow-up.

 

Ardley’s side were indebted to some heroic defending from James Clarke early in the second period when he put his body on the line to prevent Scott Quigley from breaking the deadlock.

 

Moors responded when Josh Lundstram intercepted a pass before driving towards the Stockport penalty area and seeing an effort blocked by County keeper Ben Hinchliffe.

 

And Solihull came even closer shortly after when Osborne’s bending shot from 25-yards out cannoned back off the crossbar.

 

Ollie Crankshaw then smashed an effort against the crossbar for the visitors before Madden looped a header over Boot from Will Collar’s cross at the back post to snatch the points on 73 minutes.

 

Moors pressed for an equaliser but were unable to level the scores as their unbeaten run came to an end at the ARMCO Arena.

 

Solihull are next in action away at Bromley on Saturday, January 8 with kick-off at 3pm at Hayes Lane.

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