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Leamington 1 Solihull Moors 0: Late agony as goal-shy Moors' problems mount

Solihull Moors have now taken just three points from the 18 on offer since the New Year after a defeat to local rivals Leamington.

Solihull Moors' Omar Bogle comes up against James Mace and James Fry
Solihull Moors' Omar Bogle comes up against James Mace and James Fry

Moors have now taken just three points from the 18 on offer since the New Year after a defeat to local rivals Leamington.

But what is more worrying is the lack of goals from what was one of the most potent strike forces in the league – three in six matches – which will be of major concern to manager Marcus Bignot.

This was Moors’ first encounter this season against Leamington – the teams met four times in the previous campaign with Solihull winning two and drawing the remainder.

They desperately needed to find the goals again after a dismal start to the year, to get back among the play-off hopefuls; while the Brakes had fallen into the relegation zone, where they had no intention of staying

It was a cold windy day at the New Windmill Stadium which made flowing football difficult.

The first chance fell to the hosts on 12 minutes when Hicks crossed through a crowded box but Newton was off balance with a goal beckoning.

Moors looked in control in the middle of the park but could not capitalise in the final third as Leamington gained confidence. At the halfway stage of the half, Beswick put an excellent ball into the six-yard area that keeper Atkins almost spilled and then Nottingham’s knock-down from a Taundry corner was hammered wide by Reece Fleet.

On 35 minutes, Breeden needed his wits about him as a wayward clearance looped towards him whilst, at the other end, a stunning 35-yarder from Owen Story was just inches wide.

Leamington’s first meaningful strike came with four minutes left when Moore’s weak shot was easily gathered but Chilton’s late effort was well saved by Breeden.

The restart was early as an electrical fault was affecting the floodlights and there was a need to finish the game quickly. Leamington continued to press and would have taken the lead had it not been for a double save from the irrepressible Breeden; first he pushed a fierce drive from Newton onto the crossbar and then denied Chilton on the rebound from point blank range.

Solihull started to get back but again one wondered from where would a goal come. Fleet flashed a shot across the goal and, whilst a scramble in the Brakes 18 yard box saw Moors shooting at will, nothing bothered Atkins between the sticks. Morley headed over for the hosts on 75 minutes whilst a goalbound free kick was diverted by Daly.

Omar Bogle forced a fine save with a shot from the edge of the box and then with 12 minutes left Beswick was at the near post to bundle in a Moors cross but the referee blew for handball much to the frustration of the midfielder.

Rob Elvins came on to add firepower to the Solihull attack but, with just four minutes to go, they were caught on the break as Chilton sent a rasping cross into the Moors box and Newton thumped home the header to secure all points for the hosts. Four minutes’ added time in the fading light saw Moors search without success for the equaliser.

Moors have no match on Saturday while Tuesday’s game at bottom club Hyde has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. On February 14 Solihull travel to top of the table Barrow.

moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Fleet Daly Taundry, Moore, English (Knights 87), Bogle, Beswick, Story (Elvins 84). Subs not used: Denny, Espejo, Acton.

 

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