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Solihull Moors shake New Year's cold with impressive win

Last season Solihull Moors gained just one solitary point from their first seven games of the New Year before they returned to winning ways.

Omar Bogle beats Barrow's Andy Burns to the ball
Omar Bogle beats Barrow's Andy Burns to the ball

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Last season Moors gained just one solitary point from their first seven games of the New Year before they returned to winning ways.

This year since Boxing Day it has been three points from seven games but to turn things round away to league leaders Barrow seemed unlikely given they have only been beaten once at home this campaign.

However, football is a strange game and teams do not become bad overnight!

It was all action from the first whistle, with Andy Haworth unleashing a swerving 20-yard drive, parried to safety by a one-handed save from Moors keeper Tony Breeden.

Moors might have taken the lead on six minutes when Owen Story found Rob Elvins in the box, but the close range header was wide.

Barrow keeper Aaran Taylor saved well from Darren Knight’s effort on ten minutes.

Knights and Story continued to cause the Bluebirds defensive problems all afternoon.

At the home end, Breeden saved well from Andy Cook as he cut in from the
left, and it was the Solihull shot stopper again denying Jason Walker’s glancing header.

However, there was little he could do in the 25th minute when he faced Walker, this time from the penalty spot, after he had been brought down by Jordan Gough, the striker coolly blasting his side into the lead.

Moors gained sweet revenge on 34 minutes as Omar Bogle netted his 20th goal of the season from the penalty spot after Simon Grand brought him down as he met Gough’s cross.

It might have been short-lived, but Bluebirds’ Cook fluffed a golden opportunity following a weak back pass with only Breeden to beat.

Barrow were left to rue that miss on 41 minutes when Stefan Moore broke from defence and Ryan Beswick’s pinpoint pass allowed Bogle his second of the day as he stroked the ball passed the hapless Taylor, sending in Solihull 2 -1 to the good at the interval.

Moors looked confident as the game resumed with Moore volleying over from 18 yards after good work from Bogle.

Liam Daly headed wide from a Beswick free-kick after a cynical foul on Gough on 65 minutes and it was no surprise, with just a quarter on an hour to play, that Moors effectively wrapped up the three points.

After good work from Story and Michael Nottingham, the ball fell to the irrepressible Beswick who put Moore through for a one on one and he coolly out-guessed the unfortunate Taylor.

It could have been more as English headed wide from a Beswick chip soon after.

Breeden had the better of a long range effort from Lacey and, despite six minutes of added time, Solihull saw out the game without any scares to put themselves back in the ring for a possible play off place.

With most of the leading teams failing to win, Solihull are tenth in the league but just five places off the magical top five.

Next Saturday, Moors continue their travels to Gainsborough Trinity who, despite being in the bottom five, never fail to push Solihull all the way

Moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Fleet, Daly, Elvins, Story (Byfield), Moore (Denny), Bogle, Beswick, Knights (English). Subs not used: Taundry, Gueyes.


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