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Spot of bother for Moors as Pilgrims spoil their progress

Moors' hopes of securing a place in the play-offs were all but ended with this defeat.

Omar Bogle scored his 17th goal of the season for Solihull Moors
Omar Bogle scored his 17th goal of the season for Solihull Moors

By Aaron Dunkley

Moors’ hopes of securing a place in the play-offs were all but ended with this defeat.

Both teams started the day chasing fifth place, with the Pilgrims sitting three points ahead of Marcus Bignot’s side going into the match at The Autotech Stadium.

The opening 15 minutes were evenly poised. Jordan Gough and Omar Bogle registered shots on target for the home side while Jamie McGhee’s free-kick produced a fine save from Jas Singh at the other end.

After a brief stoppage in play following a collision between Bogle and Charles Konadu, the game sprung into life when the visitors won a penalty in the 35th minute.

Konadu and McGhee linked up cleverly before Alex Dean tripped Ricky Miller, who stepped up to take the spot-kick and lift his tally to 25 goals this season.

Moors responded well and had a penalty claim of their own when Michael Taylor appeared to be brought down by Carl Piergianni but the referee waved play on.

With five minutes of the half remaining, Bogle was denied by the feet of Lewis King in the Boston goal.

But he got a second chance minutes later as Moors were awarded their own penalty for a tackle on Taylor.

However, Bogle fired wide so Moors went in at half-time a goal behind.

Bogle made amends for his penalty miss as he scored the equaliser from a free-kick on the edge of the box in the 62nd minute.

The set-piece took a deflection, which wrong-footed King, but Bogle didn’t care because he was celebrating his 17th league goal of the season.

Singh was called into action immediately afterwards, though, denying Miller superbly when the attacker was through on goal and then saving long-range efforts from Liam Agnew and Jay Dowie.

A third penalty of the match was given in the 75th minute, Singh going from hero to villain as he brought down substitute Spencer Weir-Daley while attempting to smother a loose ball.

Miller once again smashed the ball home from the spot – his fifth goal in two games against Moors this season.

Despite late pressure from Solihull, Boston held on to take all three points back to Lincolnshire, leaving Moors seven points off the play-offs ahead of their home match against Barrow tomorrow.

* On Saturday, April 19, Birmingham Ladies will play the first leg of their UEFA semi-final against Tyreso, from Sweden, at Solihull Moors’ Autotech Stadium.

This will be the first time the ladies have played on the ground that will be their home for the forthcoming season.

Kick-off is at 2.00pm and tickets will be £6 for adults and £3 concessions.


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