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Gloucester City 1 Solihull Moors FC 1: Tigers claw back deficit but wasteful Solihull still on the up

Gloucester City 1 Solihull Moors FC 1: Moors rose to third on Tuesday night as they drew 1-1 in a game where they spurned a number of chances.

Moors rose to third on Tuesday night as they drew 1-1 in a game where they spurned a number of chances.

Parker went close for the hosts in the second minute as he blasted just over the bar whilst Moors did likewise with Liam Daly heading over a corner. Tony Breeden’s miscued goal-kick went straight to Parker who was perilously close with his response. It was 10 minutes before Moors started to apply real pressure with Rob Elvins failing to properly connect with a Ryan Beswick corner and Parker saving well from Omar Bogle.

Darryl Knights broke the deadlock on 19 minutes when he collected the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box, drifted past his marker and curled the ball into the right hand corner of the net.

Bogle’s effort on 21 minutes lacked any power before Beswick headed wide with the goal at his mercy. On 25 minutes Bogle tried a speculative effort from 35 yards but it went wide. Despite dominating play Moors were caught on the break when a through-ball from Jones split their defence and Mann fired a bullet past Breeden on 36 minutes.

Byfield was then hacked down by keeper Parker for a penalty – but Bogle blasted the spot-kick over.

Moors were rampant as the second half got underway, but Bogle’s early free kick was easily covered by Parker whilst Elvins was denied by Avery as he rose to meet Knights’ free kick. Michael Nottingham almost put his team back in front on 49 minutes but his knockdown was cleared off the line.

Bogle had the ball in the net on 56 minutes but Referee Massey Ellis ruled it out for offside.

The Tigers came in the game more and more, Groves blasting over before Moors broke and Beswick chipped the keeper only to see the ball rebound off the crossbar. Mann then missed at Breeden’s far post in a one-on-one as the home pressure grew, but 1-1 it stayed as Gloucester belied their lowly league position.


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