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Solihull Moors are bolstered by former Harriers heroes

Solihull Moors have snapped up former Kidderminster Harriers’ pair, goalkeeper Danny Lewis and midfielder Callum Gittings.

Danny Lewis and Callum Gittings
Danny Lewis and Callum Gittings

Solihull Moors have snapped up former Kidderminster Harriers’ pair, goalkeeper Danny Lewis and midfielder Callum Gittings.

They both joined Harriers five years ago and have been part of the side that finished four times in the top seven of the Conference Premier, including being runners-up to Mansfield Town in 2013.

They were also part of the 2013-14 side that reached the fourth round of the FA Cup, losing 1-0 to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Lewis recently made his 200th appearance for Kidderminster, but will be no stranger to some Moors fans, having played for Moor Green back in the 2006-07 season, before joining his home-town club, Redditch United, where he stayed for three years.

He returned to Harriers as first choice in 2010, having originally signed for the club in 2004 when they were in League Two.

Birmingham-born Gittings has alsobeen a big part of the Harriers’ success during his five seasons at the club following his transfer from Alvechurch and has made over 175 appearances, scoring 20 times.

An excellent 2013-14 season saw him score four times in the club’s FA Cup run to the fourth round, resulting in three end-of-season trophies, including being voted best player by both his manager and team-mates.

In the first round of talks this week with last season’s squad, Marcus Bignot has informed goalkeeper Tony Breeden that he will not be renewing his contract.

He also informed defender Emmitt Delfouneso that he would not be making him an offer to be with the Moors next season. Talks are ongoing with the remainder of the current squad.

After joining Solihull last summer, Breeden played every minute of this season’s campaign keeping nine clean sheets. Delfouneso joined the squad in the latter part of the season and only made a single appearance.

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Solihull Moors Reserves closed out the season with a hard-fought victory at lowly Gresley Reserves to finish their first season in the Midland League Reserve Division One in third place.

After a goalless first 45 minutes Hobbs, who was having much joy on both wings, opened the scoring, chipping the Gresley keeper from 18 yards. Moors doubled their lead eight minutes later.

Substitute Tallett lost the ball in midfield, but showed great determination to win it back. His lovely pass forward found Connor Doyle who sent the keeper the wrong way.

The arrival of Tallett and Doyle injected both pace and class into the Moors side.

The visitors were now in total control and began to play some beautiful football under difficult conditions. However, on 70 minutes Gresley got a goal back.

Olly Parkes was shepherding the ball out for a goal kick when he was robbed by Ryan King, who made no mistake in finding the net. From this moment Gresley were rejuvenated. The pendulum swung their way.

Then on 79 minutes Zaman was caught in possession in midfield and Parkes was beaten as Gresley drew level.

From that moment until the final whistle it was end-to-end stuff.

With nine minutes to go, class told. With Gresley forcing things in Solihull’s area, Solihull cleared from the goal line and the long ball found Zaman who scored from 18 yards.

 

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