Harrogate Town 6-0 Solihull Moors
National League North
Match report by John Clothier
SOLIHULL Moors fell to their heaviest defeat of the second after losing by no fewer than six goals away at Harrogate Town in the National League North on Saturday, reports John Clothier.
Despite the end result, the visitors started brightly and in the first minute Ryan Beswick and Steven Leslie combined well to find Andy Brown on the edge of the box and he produced a fine save from Crook.
However Moors then had to thank keeper Danny Lewis for keeping his side in the running during the first half.
First he denied Daniels from point blank range and then on nine minutes he was well positioned as Clayton rose to head a corner goalwards from close range.
Moors hit on the break as Leslie and Moore set up Darryl Knights but his 20 yard shot went agonisingly wide of the left post before Clayton had the ball in the net just past the half-hour mark but was adjudged to be offside.
With the hosts playing a five man midfield, the middle of the park was essentially one way traffic whilst up front Moors’ defence was being bombarded.
The breakthrough for Town came on 38 minutes when Lewis, having managed to divert a long range shot from Daniels from the edge of the box, saw the ball rebound from the post into the path of new signing Warren Burrell who put a low drive into the back of the net.
It was much the same as the second half commenced and on 55 minutes Moors went further behind when Colbeck’s cross was cleared but only straight to Kerry who thumped a low shot into the corner of the net.
Steven Leslie was high and wide as Moors tried to get back into the game, but it was put to bed on the hour mark when Burrell was gifted a simple goal after Lewis’s fine save from a Colbeck free kick.
In a five minute spell Marcus Bignot brought on Darren Byfield, Akwasi Asante and Jimmy Armson in place of Brown, Moore and Knights but it was to no avail as Harrogate’s Clayton got on the score sheet when he was first to a corner from Daniels. On 82 minutes another corner provided the fifth goal as this time Ellis converted Daniels’ cross.
With Moors having no answer to the waves of attack, it was perhaps no surprise with 5 minutes of normal time left that the impressive Colbeck completed the half dozen when he cut in from the right and unleashed an unstoppable shot off the underside of the bar.