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Solihull Moors 0 Tamworth 2

Solihull Moors were undone on 15 minutes after a misunderstanding in defence when an innocuous cross on its way to a goal-kick was headed into an empty goal by Liam Daly to put the visitors one up.

Solihull Moors' Omar Bogle battles away in blizzard conditions against Tamworth
Solihull Moors' Omar Bogle battles away in blizzard conditions against Tamworth

You have to go back to the 2008/9 season to find the last time Solihull played Tamworth in league action when the home result was a hard-fought 1-1 draw.

Moors’ games with the Lambs have always been close affairs and, on the back of the previous week’s superb performance at Colwyn Bay, plus Tamworth being on an unbeaten five-match run, this fixture, played in Arctic conditions, looked a pulsating contest.

Andy Morrell headed wide on three minutes but Ryan Beswick immediately went close as Moors responded. Omar Bogle drove the ball across the goal but the ball eluded everyone before Beswick again was just wide following a Jay Denny free-kick.

However, Solihull were undone on 15 minutes after a misunderstanding in defence when an innocuous cross on its way to a goal-kick was headed into an empty goal by Liam Daly to put the visitors one up.

Moors desperately tried to restore parity but the slippery conditions were making it difficult, while Tamworth were closing down Moors’ usual one-touch passing and breaking quickly down the flanks.

The combination of Paul Green, Connor Taylor and Kayden Jackson needed careful watching but the Solihull back four was equal to the task.

Rob Elvins went close from a Darryl Knights free-kick as Moors took more possession of the ball but were relieved to see the off-side flag on the half- hour mark as Jackson burst through and had Breeden to thank as he cleared a dangerous goal-mouth scramble minutes later.

Daly nodded wide from a corner and Beswick produced a good save from James Belshaw as half-time beckoned.

With the rain turning to sleet, the second half saw both teams going for goal with the same intensity as the opening period, although the conditions were hampering accuracy.

A free-kick from 20 yards was blasted over by Omar Bogle on 49 minutes but it was the visitors who looked more dangerous, with Morrell going close. Again, on 65 minutes, the Moors shot-stopper did well to get down quickly to prevent Green adding to the score.

As the game hit the hour mark the sleet turned to driven snow as the teams played out the remainder of the match in blizzard conditions.

Beswick’s in-swinging corner caused panic in the box but the elusive second touch was absent and, as Solihull pressed forward, they were caught on the break as Taylor rounded Jordan Gough and was pulled back as he closed in on goal.

Referee Meeson pointed to the spot and Jackson sent Breeden the wrong way as The Lambs doubled their score on 74 minutes.

Solihull did all they could to salvage something but were not breaching the Tamworth defence in the final third.

Michael Nottingham headed wide from Knights’ free-kick, while Bogle found himself surrounded by defenders as he tried to collect a Gough cross close to the six-yard line in the 80th minute. Dom Langdon replaced Elvins on 83 minutes as Daly moved forward to help the attack but Moors could have conceded a third as Breeden saved from Brendon Daniels as he engineered a one-on-one.

Daly headed for goal with a minute left but the keeper was well placed to save to ensure a clean sheet and all three points for the Lambs.

 

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