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Chorley 0 Solihull Moors 0: Goalless stalemate brings Moors' season to a close

Solihull Moors fought out a goalless draw with a Chorley side who had already booked their play-off place.

Mark Bonelle Omar Bogle in action for Solihull Moors
Omar Bogle in action for Solihull Moors

Mid-table Moors fought out a goalless draw with a Chorley side who had already booked their play-off place.

A huge 1,425 crowd saw a tight game edged by the home team but with Moors finding it hard to penetrate the final third and the Pilgrims producing some woeful finishing. With little to play for, the game had all the hallmarks of a typical end-of-season match.

Dean fired over after two minutes with Winter almost immediately side-footing too high.

Hine had the ball in Solihull’s net after seven minutes but was well offside. Dorney too blasted over as Moors weathered the early storm. Ryan Beswick, on the end of a Knights lob, was denied by keeper Ashton.

Beswick’s free-kick on 20 minutes took a deflected header, which might well have resulted in an own goal, while Hine on a one-on-one with Breeden completely mis-timed his shot. On the half-hour mark Dorney lobbed Tony Breeden but the crossbar came to the keeper’s rescue. Dorney then shot low from 20 yards but the Moors shot-stopper was more than equal to it.

Solihull’s best chance fell to Reece Fleet just before the interval but his chip was too high. Dean rattled the crossbar bore Referee Hudson blew for the interval.

Breeden produced the save of the day as Dean hammered goalwards but Moors looked far more composed as the second half progressed. Beswick, despite looking in some discomfort, and Darryl Knights were spraying the ball from midfield. Beswick tested Ashton on 65 minutes while Fleet, having beaten three defenders, shot wide.

Omar Bogle, in what was billed as his final game for Solihull, shot hard at Ashton but the keeper successfully narrowed the angle, and then the Moors striker had no time to turn in the six-yard box as Knights delivered.

Joe Ballinger looked more comfortable in the back four and a perfectly-timed tackle prevented a one-on-one with Breeden on 72 minutes.

There was some lighthearted banter from the away crowd as substitute Almond put the ball over the stand and out of the ground from 18 yards.

Dean out-jumped the Solihull defence but headed over while Liam Daly was yellow-carded for a crunching tackle on the Chorley striker. Substitute Burns missed a golden opportunity at the death when he completely mis-kicked in front of goal and Bogle might have gone out in a blaze of glory in the four minutes of added time but chose to pass when he could have turned and fired home.

Barrow are the league winners while Chorley now meet Boston in the semi-final of the play-offs. Moors finish 12th after a disappointing second half of the season and now prepare for their eighth season in the second tier of England’s non-league competition. Marcus Bignot will now focus his thoughts on that next campaign.

MOORS: Breeden, Nottingham, Ballinger, Fleet, Daly, Gueyes, English, Moore, Bogle, Beswick, Knights Subs not used: Delfouneso, Acton, Byfield, Hayden, Nesbitt.

 

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