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Solihull Moors 2 St Albans City 0: Moors have bit of devil in them to see off the Saints

Solihull Moors clinched a morale-boosting clean-sheet victory in their first-ever meeting with newly-promoted Conference South outfit St Albans City.

Nasar Hussain Solihull Moors' Owen Story gets his tackle in during the victory over St Albans at Damson Park
Solihull Moors' Owen Story gets his tackle in during the victory over St Albans at Damson Park

Solihull Moors clinched a morale-boosting clean-sheet victory in their first-ever meeting with newly-promoted Conference South outfit St Albans City.

Manager Marcus Bignot was without the injured Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick and Jordan Gough, but took the opportunity to view most of the pre-season squad during this friendly at Damson Park.

Aaron Brown headed over on seven minutes from a Keenah Rosser cross and it was the new signing again going close on 19 minutes.

With Darryl Knights feeding the attack from central midfield St Albans were on the back foot and had to wait until the mid-way point in the half before their first meaningful attack when Howard Hall.

Owen Story was playing on the right with Junior English at centre-forward and the man signed from Brackley was finding space to run at the Saints defence and looked dangerous.

Corcoran headed over for the visitors after half-an-hour’s play.

On 35 minutes Dom Langdon’s header from a Knights corner was on target but lacked the power to worry keeper Welch.

And as the first half ebbed away Knights chipped the keeper but was just wide of the upright.

English was ruled offside to prevent a one-on-one while Langdon headed over from a Brown cross.

Club captain Rob Elvins was on for Rosser from the re-start and immediately Brown was through but skewed his shot wide while Ward went close as Tony Breeden made an excellent save.

The breakthrough came on 53 minutes after good work from Knights to Story resulted in a dangerous cross to English.

But an interception by Saints’ Tom Ward resulted in an own goal, giving the stranded Welch no chance.

A left-footed bullet on 55 minutes from the Moors striker was well saved.

With 30 minutes to play, Bignot made his substitutions, bringing on Taundry, Braithwaite, Cooper, Denny, Taylor and Ellis.

Almost immediately Alex Cooper was brought down in the box and Liam Daly stepped up to smash the penalty into the right-hand corner of the net, sending Welch the wrong way.

St Albans upped their game as full-time approached and Loick Pires was close on 86 minutes.

Then, with the last kick of the match, Frendo’s shot looked on its way to a consolation goal before the agile Breeden produced the save of the day to send Moors in with a win and clean sheet.

 

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