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Battle of the big guns as league's top strikers clash

Solihull Moors make their longest and toughest journey of the season this Saturday as they pit their wits against league leaders Barrow AFC.

Harry Trump/Pinnacle Photo Agency UK Omar Bogle
Omar Bogle

Moors make their longest and toughest journey of the season this Saturday as they pit their wits against league leaders Barrow AFC.

Barrow have dropped just four points at home this season and have scored more goals in front of their home fans than any other club – averaging over two per match.

Marcus Bignot is only too aware that before Christmas it was Moors who had the best home record and it promises to be an intriguing contest.

To add extra spice, last Saturday saw Bluebirds striker Andy Cook hit his 20th goal of the season, knocking Omar Bogle off the top spot in the scoring chart for the first time this season.

It was honours even last season (Barrow’s first in the North Division for some years following relegation from the Conference Premier) with both teams recording 2–0 wins away from home; earlier this season The Bluebirds inflicted a close 4–3 defeat on Moors at the Autotech Stadium.

Barrow are certainly a club with big ambitions – last May, Dallas businessman and ex-Barrovian Paul Casson completed a takeover of the club with the promise to inject £1.8 million for a resurgence of the club’s fortunes.

Top place in the league suggests the investment is already starting to pay off.

* Top scorer Omar Bogle has been named in the contingency squad for England C’s match away against Cyprus U21s this Tuesday at the Ammochostos Stadium.

Bogle made his England debut in November to rave reviews scoring the opening goal in the fourth minute in a 4-2 win over Estonia U23s.

He has led the line at Moors since the start of the 2012/13 season scoring 58 goals in 102 appearances. Manager Paul Fairclough has named a 16-man squad for the tie in Larnaca, along with a 14-man contingency squad which includes the Moors’ top goalscorer.

The final squad has yet be decided but if Bogle does make the cut it will give manager Bignot another problem as his striker will miss the all-important Barrow match.

* Meanwhile, the 11-to-16-years-old Moors’ disabled team is also looking forward to next Tuesday when they leave The Autotech Stadium at 7am to travel by coach to Arsenal’s Emirates complex to take part in a tournament which will include The Gunners’ disabled squad.

Afterwards the team will meet several of the Arsenal Premier League outfit, including members of the management team.

The tournament will feature eight-man teams and the Moors squad includes players with learning difficulties, cerebral palsy and Down’s Syndrome.

The section is the fastest-growing one in the club, a testament to the work of Mark Fogarty (Community Officer), Barry Walker (Community Manager) and Manager Dan Lanni.

Anyone wanting further information should telephone Mark on 07564 926231.

 

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