11th Aug, 2020

Shush buck the postponement trend to silence Enville - Solihull non-league latest

Ben Tyler 3rd Mar, 2020

RUSSELL DODD’s Highgate United will hope to pick up where they left off in tonight’s scheduled home game with Stourport Swifts (7.45pm).

The Gate will welcome the seventh-placed Swifts to The Coppice after the original postponement of the clash last Saturday.

With no scheduled game this weekend, tenth-placed United’s next match after that is set to be the trip to title-challenging Romulus on Saturday, March 14.


DIVISION ONE outfit Chelmsley Town were not in action last weekend after the sudden passing of Uttoexeter Town manager Dean Arnold.

The two sides were due to meet at Pack Meadow before the breaking of the news on Friday, with Chelmsley agreeing to postpone the fixture out of respect for their opponents.

Eighteenth-placed Town are set to visit Lichfield City, who are sitting pretty in fifth, in Saturday’s clash at Brownsfield Park (3pm), before heading to Atherstone Town, who are sixth, next Wednesday night (7.45pm).


TABLE-TOPPING Solihull United hope to resume their Division Two title conquest when making the trip to Northfield Town on Saturday (3pm).

In a match that could prove decisive in deciding the promotion race come the season end, United hope to set the tone for the final couple of months against their third-placed rivals.

The two clubs are yet to do battle this season, although goals are certainly expected if their previous two meetings are anything to go by.

A 2-2 draw in the last clash in December 2018 followed an entertaining 3-3 stalemate in August the same year.

 

THE REST of the sides in the division were also out of action due to the havoc wreaked by Storm Jorge across the non-league spectrum.

Second-placed Knowle were scheduled to go to Bolehall Swifts last weekend, with that clash now set to take place on Tuesday, April 7.

In the meantime, an away day at Division Three outfit Enville Athletic for the Smedley Crooke Challenge Cup second round offers a distraction to the Robins’ league push on Saturday (3pm).

Knowle beat Solihull United 2-0 in the first round in October thanks to Lewis Cosgrove and Corrie Powell goals, while Enville had to beat AFC Solihull 1-0 in the qualifying round, followed by a penalty shoot-out win after a 2-2 draw at Wrens Nest, to reach this stage.

 

MEANWHILE, Hampton and Earlswood Town – occupying 11th and 13th respectively in the league – remain desperate to fulfill their increasingly chaotic fixture list.

Should Hampton’s trip to Barnt Green Spartak get the go-ahead on Saturday, only a short trip to Earlswood’s The Pavilions home – where Spartak currently ground-share – will be necessary (3pm).

Town, on the other hand, are due to make the trip up the A45 to face Coventry Alvis on Tuesday night (7.30pm), ahead of Saturday’s away game at Feckenham (3pm).


FC SHUSH were the only local side to appear at the weekend, picking up a ninth win this term in a 3-0 defeat of against Enville Athletic.

In Saturday’s trip to The Dell Stadium, Shush made up for two frustrating weeks of postponements by sweeping aside their hosts.

First, Jay Payne got the ball rolling with a 19th-minute opener, followed by a debut strike for new boy Louis Buck 12 minutes later.

While the game was a scrappy affair in truth, Shush were clinical with the chances that fell their way, with Chris Noonan providing the icing on the cake just after the hour mark.

Moving up to fourth, a home match against rock-bottom Shipston Excelsior now awaits on Saturday (3pm).

 

BOTH Birmingham Tigers and AFC Solihull have gone a month without a competitive game, a record they hope to put right when the two go face-to-face this weekend.

The Tigers, in 11th, host second-bottom AFC in Saturday’s derby at Hadley Stadium (3pm), in a clash that appears to be of greater importance to the visitors.

Jon Hill’s Solihull side have lost four in succession to sink down the league table – including a 1-0 home defeat to Birmingham in the reverse clash at the end of January.

That day, Idris Oyeniyi’s 93rd-minute goal was the difference in a dramatic finale at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre.

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