This match had all the hallmarks of the usual dogged struggle between Moors and Bradford, but in fact turned out to be anything but.
It also heralded Ryan Beswick’s 150th appearance for the club and saw his 50th Moors goal as Solihull powered to victory.
The opening period saw both teams in attacking mode with Bradford’s Colley not making the best of a one-on-one with Tony Breeden and Jordan Gough blasting over on seven minutes.
From thereon in it was all Moors for the first half with the first goal coming from Omar Bogle on 12 minutes when he side-footed home a deflected Darren Byfield cross – the ninth goal for the Solihull striker in 11 games this season, which sees him top of the league scorers so far.
Beswick’s 25-yard free-kick, following a foul on Bogle, was inches wide; Gough blasted over on 23 minutes, Fleet followed suit minutes later and Daly was just foiled by Danby on the half-hour mark.
Then, on 36 minutes, a Knights free-kick was spilled by the keeper and a grateful Beswick was on hand to roll in goal number two.
Bogle, having dribbled passed two defenders, was just wide with Danby beaten on 38 minutes, while Beswick’s defence-splitting pass was just too long for the incoming Byfield.
Moors pounded the Bradford goal as the half-time whistle approached, with Fleet again clearing the bar, Liam Daly just too high from Knights’ corner and Danby conceding a corner as he failed to deal with a loose back pass.
Again it was Knights with the last action of the half just wide of the upright with the keeper beaten.
Bradford started the second half with more determination and Colley, on his debut having signed from Harrogate Railway, was making the most of the visitors’ limited forays into Moors’ half.
Junior English, with just Danby to beat, shot straight at the keeper, Bogle shot wide, while Byfield skimmed the post on 53 minutes.
Colley was close on the hour mark and Frost was unlucky to see his goal-bound effort rebound to safety off the post.
Moors then resumed the initiative on 69 minutes when a blistering shot from Byfield was parried by the keeper but only as far as Michael Nottingham, who slotted home for their third goal.
Tony Breeden, having his quietest day since signing for Solihull, dived bravely at the feet of Priestly to maintain Moors’ advantage but in the second of five minutes’ added time, they had a momentary lapse of concentration, with English off the pitch following a head injury, which allowed Walker to hit home at the far post.
Far from settling for three well-earned points Moors hit back and within a minute Knights headed into an empty net after Danby and Bogle collided and the ball spilled into the air.
Next week, Moors travel to high-flying/scoring Oxford City for a re arranged league match.
And watch out for Omar Bogle, needing just two more goals for his 50th for the club – a quite outstanding achievement!
Moors: Breeden, Nottingham (Taundry 72), Gough, Fleet, Daly, Elvins, Byfield (Espoja 80), English, Bogle, Beswick (Denny 74), Knights. Subs not used Langdon, Chamberlain.
* As reported in the News last week, Community Moors is helping to bring football to those who normally, for a variety of reasons, do not have easy access to it.
The new Pan Disability section of the club will be running a free course for players with disabilities, like Cerebral Palsy, Down’s Syndrome, severe learning difficulties (and not playing in mainstream football). The sessions will be held at John Henry Newman Catholic College, Chelmsley Road, Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham, B37 5GA.
There will be four groups covering the following ages: Years 5 and 6, Years 7 and 8, Years 9, 10 and 11, and Open Age (Pan Disability and Walking Football where appropriate). See the ad on page 75 for further information.