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Solihull Moors 2 Leamington 0: Taking care of business...both on and off the park

Solihull Moors manager Marcus Bignot has begun planning for next season with new contracts taken up by Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights and Stefan Moore.

Nasar Hussain Omar Bogle in action for Solihull Moors against Leamington
Omar Bogle in action for Solihull Moors against Leamington

Off the park it has been a busy week for the Moors with Rob Elvins and Jay Denny returning to Worcester City and Owen Story back to Brackley.

Manager Marcus Bignot has begun planning for next season with new contracts taken up by Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights and Stefan Moore.

Solihull still needed to kick-start the run-in to the end of the season and in front of the second-highest gate of the season, it looked a strong squad who lined up for this derby match conscious of the 1-0 defeat in the away game two months ago.

Omar Bogle had an early chance from a Stefan Moore cross while on six minutes Jordan Gough fired in a thunderbolt from the edge of the box which was just wide.

Beswick cleared the crossbar before Tony Breeden was called into action to deny Gudger whose free-kick looked destined for the top right-hand corner.

On the quarter-hour Gough found himself in oceans of space after another spirited run down the left flank and blasted home from 10 yards to put Moors in front.

With the Brakes struggling to regroup the hosts doubled their tally on 18 minutes when Knights seized on a weak back-header from Goddard and rounded the keeper for a simple tap-in. A rampant Moors saw Liam Daly head just wide of the post while Reece Fleet’s free-kick was well taken by keeper Maddison.

Omar Bogle dribbled his way into the six-yard area only to find the wrong side of the top netting as half-time beckoned.

Leamington looked a more potent force after two early substitutions in the second half but for a change it was their performance in the final third that was the stumbling block.

Gough was unlucky not to put Moors further ahead on 57 minutes when his shot hit the inside of the right-hand post and rebounded across the face of the goal. Moore had a chance on the hour after a good exchange between Bogle and Junior English.

Goddard’s frustration spoke volumes as after a pulsating run he kicked the ball straight at Breeden, but it was a terrific fingertip save by the Solihull shot-stopper that foiled an 18-yard drive from substitute Edwards with 20 minutes left.

Gudger had a late chance when his cross was deflected by Michael Nottingham but again Breeden was equal.

Bignot’s men face Gloucester City at the Autotech Stadium on Saturday (k/o 3pm).

MOORS: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Fleet, Daly Langdon, English, Moore, Bogle, Beswick, Knights. Substitutes: Ballinger, Byfield, Hayden, Gueyes, Nesbitt.

 

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