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Harrogate Town 0, Solihull Moors 1

A huge sigh of relief was breathed across the borough after Solihull Moors picked up their first points of the season.

A huge sigh of relief was breathed across the borough after Solihull Moors picked up their first points of the season.

After four games and four losses to open up their campaign, the weekend’s win away at Harrogate Town was an enormous boost.

Solihull, who travelled without manager Bob Faulkner, could count themselves unlucky going into half time at the CNG Stadium goalless as the more direct team during the first 45.

There were, however, limited chances for both sides as too many mistakes and too much long ball produced little fluid football.

Town started the better team as the second half kicked off, causing the Moors a number of problems at the back.

However, it was Solihull who came closest in the opening exchanges as debutant Darren Stapleford swung a corner in, causing panic in the home defence and eventually seeing Junior English smash one off the post.

The Moors began to take control of the game, with last season’s top goal scorer Jake Edwards dominant in the air up front and Liam Daly and Indy Khela solid at the back.

Substitute Alex Price spotted an opening with a quick throw, and clever footwork by Edwards led to a chance for Tim Gould. He went for placement rather than power and the chance was blocked.

Ross Dempster came on for Mark Gardner and made an immediate impact. Benefitting from a lucky rebound, he smashed the ball from 20 yards out and nearly ripped the net with his super finish.

Harrogate upped the tempo soon after conceding and caused the Moors a number of problems. Solihull did manage to hang on until the final whistle though and collect their first three points of the season.

l Solihull Moors play Stalybridge Celtic at home tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm).

 

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