Solihull Moors 1 Bromley 0
Vanarama National League
SOLIHULL Moors continued their impressive start to life in the Vanarama National League after beating Bromley 1-0 at the Automated Technology Group Stadium to move up to third in the table after the opening three matches, reports John Clothier.
Skipper Ryan Beswick was rested for Saturday’s match, with Liam Daly assuming the armband, while Moors also welcomed back Jack Byrne from injury.
Marcus Bignot’s side got off to the best possible start after just four minutes when Jordan Gough’s free kick to the far post was cleared straight back to the Moors man and his second cross was met by Liam Daly who sent a looping header beyond Alan Julian in the Bromley goal.
Omari Sterling James effort saw his effort on goal comfortably saved by Julian before the visitors spurned a real chance to level when Bradley Goldberg put in a terrific cross but Moors old boy Adam Cunnington could not get on the end of it.
It was a similar story for the Moors on 12 minutes as Connor Franklin’s long ball put Stefan Moore away but his dangerous cross went begging.
Bromley were edging the play in the middle of the park but the Moors defence limited their opponents to any real goal-scoring chances.
Goldberg tried again on 26 minutes but his effort was deflected into the arms of Danny Lewis while at the other end a quick break and a defence splitting one-two combination between Jamey Osborne and Stirling –James forced a fine save from Julian.
The best chance of the half for the visitors came just before the interval when Reece Prestedge fired in a shot from 20 yards out but the ball was deflected to Goldberg who aimed low for the near side post and Lewis reacted instantaneously to save with his feet before the ball was cleared.
Darryl Knights was introduced for Sterling James as the match resumed with the Lilywhites pressing for an equaliser.
Goldberg saw a shot blocked and his subsequent free kick cleared the bar while Jack Byrne’s speculative long range shot for Moors flew well over the bar before Daly was robbed by Sho-Silva inside the box but Lewis reacted well to save again with his feet.
Harry White replaced Moore on 58 minutes and almost immediately went close as he collected a cross from Shepherd Murombedzi.
Daly too met a cross from the Moors right back and his shot produced a quality save from Julian.
Bromley substitute Dymond could have done better on the end of Anderson’s cross but was wide before with 15 minutes remaining Moors thought they had scored a second.
Knights put Brown away some 12 yards out and his shot looked destined for the far corner of the net but it took a deflection off Julian’s foot.
Brown then made way for Beswick and on 84 minutes he had the chance to put the match to bed but he volleyed wide from Knight’s defence splitting cross in the box with the goal at his mercy.
Moors saw out the win to move them up to third in the table on seven points from their opening three games.
Team: Lewis, Murombedzi, Franklin, Daly ©, Gough, Byrne, Brown (Beswick), Fagbola, Moore (White), Osborne, Sterling – James (Knights) Subs not used; Asante, Moseley.
Photos from Steve Feeney