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Brackley Town 0 Solihull Moors 1: Bogle header enough to see off struggling Town

Solihull Moors picked up four from a possible six points over the bank holiday weekend as they saw off struggling Brackley Town and then drew with Hednesford Town.

Nasar Hussain Omar Bogle makes headway against Brackley Town
Omar Bogle makes headway against Brackley Town

Moors picked up four from a possible six points over the bank holiday weekend as they saw off struggling Brackley Town on Saturday and then drew with Hednesford Town on Monday.

The away win at Brackley was Moors’ first ‘double’ of the season with Omar Bogle’s goal providing the difference while at home to Hednesford Bogle again registered but this time the advantage was wiped out late on.

Against Brackley it was all action right from the word go as Moors beat the off-side trap and were denied only by the quick thinking of evergreen keeper Billy Turley who rushed 30 yards off his line to foil the advancing Stefan Moore.

The Saints first chance fell to centre forward Rowe who headed wide from an Odhiambo cross while Tony Breeden had an easy take from Moyo.

Junior English’s deep cross achieved much the same result while Bogle‘s lay-off to Moore saw the strike go wide.

Tony Breeden saved a dipping free kick which bounced at his feet just before Brackley’s veteran central defender ex-Chelsea man Frank Sinclair was helped off the pitch with a hamstring injury on 37 minutes.

As half time approached, Story could have done better from close range while Fleet’s rasping volley produced an equally fine save from Turley.

Knight’s curling effort on 44 minutes was agonisingly wide of the post but the breakthrough came in added time when an exquisite Beswick curling free kick into the box was met by the head of Bogle to send the visitors in to the break one goal to the good.

John Brady’s half-time talk saw Brackley emerge with more purpose but their finishing hardly troubled Breeden.

Solihull could have put the game to bed on 70 minutes when the influential Knight’s cross was volleyed from 12 yards by the incoming Fleet but a miraculous save by Turley saw the ball rebound and follow up shots from Gough and then Bogle failed to penetrate the defence.

With 15 minutes left, substitute Sharpe was given his marching orders as he hauled Moore to the ground just outside the 18 yard box – a case where a resolute linesman stood his ground despite the referee initially missing the incident.

Bogle hit the free kick low and straight and as the ball fell to Fleet, he somehow managed to fire over the bar from three yards out.

Moors continued to press with Turley again foiling Bogle’s bicycle kick and Moore heading wide.

Brackley made two late incursions into the Solihull box with successive corners requiring resolute defending.

Despite the presence of Turley coming up for Saints final corner, Moors held on for a well deserved victory.

Solihull Moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough (Ballinger 89), Fleet, Daly, Langdon, English, Moore, Bogle, Beswick, Knights. Subs not used: Byfield, Hayden, Gueyes, Nesbitt


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