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Tamworth 3 Solihull Moors 1: Visitors blown away at Lambs as New Year gets off to bad start

The Arctic conditions of the Boxing Day match between these two teams had given way to a swirling wind which blew Moors no good at Tamworth on New Year's Day.

The Arctic conditions of the Boxing Day match between these two teams had given way to a swirling wind which blew Moors no good at Tamworth on New Year’s Day.

Jordan Gough tested Belshaw in the first minute with a stinging 25-yard effort to which the keeper was quickly down but Ryan Beswick’s 18-yarder needed more power.

Liam Daly was booked for impeding Hibbert as he advanced towards Tony Breeden but Moors cleared easily from the free-kick.

In the difficult windy conditions neither side looked comfortable in the final third. Breeden saved well from a free kick on 22 minutes. Omar Bogle was closed down as he sought to turn and shoot, while a dangerous cross with five minutes of the half remaining was cleared by Michael Nottingham as Green came in for goal. Stefan Moore had the last of the action before the break but his cross eluded both Bogle and Knights.

Moors started the second half making better use of the wind which was now blowing towards the Tamworth goal and, on ten minutes, the best chance of the game fell to Beswick who took a cross on his chest but blasted the ball over from ten yards. It was the Moors man again just a whisker from a one-on-one as Belshaw advanced from his box.

As Solihull enjoyed their best period of the game, they failed to safely clear a corner on 76 minutes and from the ensuing cross a superb diving header from Hibbert gave the Lambs the first goal. Manager Bignot made a double substitution on 79 minutes as Fleet and Taundrey replaced Denny and English and almost immediately Moors equalised. Elvins’ pass sliced through the defence from which Beswick slotted the ball to the right of Belshaw.

However, this lasted just two minutes before Green got on the end of a Tamworth free-kick to restore the lead. Moors gave it everything as the wind turned to sleet and the match ebbed away. Beswick went close on 87, Taundrey watched his looping shot clear the bar and Bogle headed over from five yards out. In the final minute of normal time Tamworth were awarded a corner which was duly met by Green’s head for the Lambs’ third goal.

Moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny (Fleet79), Daly, Elvins Moore, English (Taundrey 79), Bogle, Beswick, Knights; Subs: Langdon, Chamberlain, Byfield.

 

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