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Solihull Moors 2 AFC Telford 2: Gritty Moors foil Telford's title hopes

Moors' final home game of the season on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday saw second in the table AFC Telford arrive with some 500 fans.

Solihull Moors' Stuart Pierpoint outjumps Telford's Adam Farrell.
Solihull Moors' Stuart Pierpoint outjumps Telford's Adam Farrell.

By John Clothier

Moors’ final home game of the season on a sunny Bank Holiday Monday saw second in the table AFC Telford arrive with some 500 fans.

With North Ferriby losing, Telford needed a win to secure the Conference North title and promotion back to the Premier league at the first attempt – but Solihull had other plans.

There was an early blow, though, when Richard Taundrey was badly fouled and was carried off the pitch in considerable distress.

Josh Hawker replaced him and if Telford thought this would make life easier they were in for a surprise.

On six minutes Michael Taylor crossed from the left to the waiting Reece Fleet who, from eight yards, fired Solihull in front.

Telford hit quickly and Grogan was unlucky when his shot smashed against the crossbar.

On 12 minutes, though, both Young and Grand in the Telford defence misjudged the bounce of a cross and in dartede Junior English to produce a sublime overhead kick to double the hosts’ lead.

This galvanised the title chasers and Moors had to repel waves of attacks with Telford’s Shaun Whalley, on loan from Luton Town, proving a real threat down the right flank.

The pressure told on 21 minutes when Solihull failed to clear a goalmouth scramble and a header from Grogan hit Pierpoint on its way into the net as Telford clawed one back.

On 22 minutes Darryl Knights’ shot was deflected for a corner from which Stuart Pierpoint’s glancing header might have restored the balance.

But as the interval approached Whalley’s cross glanced the hand of the unfortunate Gough and Telford were awarded a penalty.

Farrell drove the shot to Jas Singh’s right but Moors goalkeeper produced a brilliant save to send his team in at the break 2–1 up

Telford started the second half with the bit between their teeth and Whalleylobbed Singh on 57 minutes only to see his effort drift wide.

The ’keeper then denied striker Farrell on the hour mark, but could do nothing when Grogan prodded home from two yards to level the scores on 62 minutes as Moors again failed to clear.

Clancy’s screamer on 65 minutes produced another typical Singh save and something was needed to stem the procession of Telford attacks.

Manager Marcus Bignot swapped Taylor for Gary Birch and the big man’s presence up front turned the tide.

Birch had to wait until the second minute of added time for a sniff of goal, though, when he outjumped the defence but his header agonisingly missed the target by inches.

Heartened by a recent improvement in form, Solihull wrap up their season with a trip to Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

 

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