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Solihull finding the net in pre-season friendlies

SOLIHULL Moors bounced back from a 3-1 defeat away at the hands of a Birmingham City XI to record two decisive wins against Redditch and Barwell as their pre-season friendlies gathered pace.

SOLIHULL Moors bounced back from a 3-1 defeat away at the hands of a Birmingham City XI to record two decisive wins against Redditch and Barwell as their pre-season friendlies gathered pace.

Against Barwell goals from defender Ryan Walker and Omar Bogle gave them a comfortable win at their Autotech Stadium.

Manager Marcus Bignot, fielding a much-changed side and winger Matt Birley looked lively from the start taking on the full-back at every opportunity and sending inviting crosses into the Barwell area.

After 20 minutes, Moors’ pressure eventually paid off when right back Walker unleashed a shot from 20 yards which found the bottom corner.

With Barwell happy to defend, five minutes from the end Bogle slotted home a penalty after Joel Grandison had been bundled over in the area.

Solihull should have added a third in stoppage time when Alex Cooper was released on goal however narrowly put his shot wide.

On the Thursday before - a day after they’d played Blues - Moors were back in action at neighbours Redditch in a robust confrontation.

Solihull dominated from the start, Jordi Gough opening the scoring in first half added time.

The second half saw the Reds showing less respect for their visitors, Bignot in reply bringing on nine substitutes with 20 minutes left.

With 10 minutes left a Darryl Knights cross found Matt Birley and the ex-Worcester man coolly hit his first goal for the club.

The day before Solihull were beaten 3-1 at the Autotech by a Blues side that featured ex- Danish international Peter Lovenkrands.

One nil down and with 30 minuted remaining, Bignot changed his entire outfield XI however his team conceded first a second goal then a third goal.

With time running out and just as it looked as though the Moors would fail to find the net, left-back Trey Brathwaite curled in a spectacular free-kick from all of 30 yards.

On Saturday Solihull play Hinckley Town away, kick off 3pm.

 

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