23rd Oct, 2016

Third consecutive draw for Solihull Moors following Boreham Wood stalemate

Solihull Editorial 26th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

THE FIRST ever meeting between Solihull Moors and Boreham Wood ended in a 1-1 draw at Damson Park on Saturday as Marcus Bignot’s side picked up their third consecutive draw in the National League, reports John Clothier.

A sunny and warm autumn day greeted the players as a Moors side without the injured Andy Brown and Jean Yves Koue Niate who was suspended, but it did include fit again Jordan Gough as Moors looked to end Boreham’s unbeaten away record.

The visitors had the first chance of the match in the third minute of play when Nathan Vaughan could only partially clear a long ball from Ilesanmi and ex-QPR favourite Angelo Balanta cleared the bar with the goal at his mercy.

With both teams looking to gain the ascendancy in the middle of the park the opening 20 minutes was largely uneventful until Moors broke with Jamey Osborne finding Shep Murombedzi free on the right but Harry White was quickly closed down as he received the pass in the box.

On the half-hour mark Connor Franklin produced a throw straight into the six yard box but keeper Smith was quickly off his line to avert the danger. A similar move saw Paine head over his own bar and a third launch ended when Jordan Fagbola back headed the ball but Smith was well placed.

The Wood’s best chance of the half came seven minutes before the interval when Davis found himself in space about 20 yards out and curled the ball towards the near post but with Vaughan beaten it cannoned off the woodwork and away to safety.

The last action of the half saw Moors best move thus far with Osborne finding Murombedzi free on the right; he crossed to White in the six yard area but his goal bound effort hit a defenders foot and was agonisingly wide .

Shortly after the re-start a long Franklin throw fell to Osborne who shot low and hard through a packed defence straight into the near corner of the net to put Solihull in front in what was there first goal in over 220 minutes of play.

Boreham came straight back and within six minutes they were level when Jeffrey put a pin point ball across the goal that just eluded Balanta and after Liam Daly and Jordan Gough produced great blocks to keep their side in front, a simple throw in to Davis was chipped to Balanta just inside the box and he chested the ball onto his left foot before steering it beyond the stationary Vaughan.

Akwasi Asante was on for White on the 58th minute but almost immediately the impressive Jeffrey sprinted down the left flank, and cut in before hitting the side netting.

Knight’s header from a Jack Byrne cross failed to reach the target, and his shot from a Beswick free kick that bobbled in the area suffered a similar fate while Beswick’s cross on 66 minutes was headed just wide by Daly.

Omari Sterling James replaced the tiring Knights on 67 minutes as a rejuvenated Moors front line went in search of the winner, however only a brilliant save by Nathan Vaughan with his feet on 74 minutes kept the status quo as he stopped a close range one on one with Balanta.

The final quarter hour was all Moors with Asante putting in a peach of a cross into the box but under pressure Beswick’s header was just wide, while Daly was again just the wrong side of the upright from Sterling James cross.

Three minutes added time saw Jeffrey shoot wide put the scoreline remaining 1-1 at the final whistle.

This Saturday Moors travel to newly promoted Maidstone United and the following Tuesday they host Southport in their first ever televised live match on BT Sport.

Photos courtesy of Steve Feeney