By John Clothier
Alfreton won the Conference North three seasons ago and have steadily cemented their position in non-league’s Premier division, last season pushing for a play-off position.
So this was always going to be the toughest of Solihull’s warm-up matches – but what a time for all Marcus Bignot’s strategies to come together.
Alfreton opened brightly with Lee Stevenson firing into the side netting from an acute angle but on 12 minutes Moors opened their account.
Omar Bogle picked up a through-ball from Michael Nottingham but shot against the foot of the post.
Junior English’s follow up but his effort was blocked by goalkeeper Stewart but Bogle forced the ball over the line.
With Gough and Nottingham causing problems down both flanks and Darryl Knights controlling the middle of the park, Moors started to dominate.
It was no surprise on 24 minutes when they doubled their tally through Aaron Brown, who gave Stewart no chance with an unstoppable header.
Solihull might have added to the score when Daly met a Knights free-kick but Bogle’s shot was blocked and again on the half-hour mark when good play between the two big men put Knights through but the ball ricocheted over the bar.
It was more of the same as the second period got going with Bogle shooting just wide.
There was, however, more determination from the hosts with Bradley and Wood going close and Stevenson’s 48th minute effort producing a fine stop by Tony Breeden.
However, on 63 minutes a Knights corner was side-footed home by Rob Elvins from six yards and three munutes later Liam Daly rose majestically to head goal No.4 from a corner.
Alfreton did score a consolation goal with four minutes of the match remaining throughMcFadzean but Moors had put in one of their best team performances for some time.
* Solihull Moors Youth and Junior Football Club have been named the Birmingham County FA Development Club of the Year for 2014.
Moors received the award at the annual presentations of the BCFA from Tony Sealey OBE, business franchise operator for McDonalds Restaurants Ltd.
Marcus Bignot, Moors’ manager and director of football said: ‘‘Well done to everyone involved – you should be very proud of the contribution you have made to the club and to be recognised for this is well and truly deserved.
“I’m very proud of where this club stands within football and the community “