Solihull Moors 3 Kettering Town 1
SOLIHULL Moors completed their 10 pre season friendlies in some style at Damson Park with this victory over cash-hit Kettering and manager Marcus Bignot can look back on the experience knowing the new squad has won eight of them.
“After last season’s campaign there was a continuation of our training through the close season,” said Bignot.
“There are no easy matches in the Blue Square North – on their day any team is capable of beating anyone else and we need to be ready.”
Against Kettering Moors were without seven of their squad but it was a relatively strong team put out by manager Marcus Bignot and another opportunity to play some of the younger signings, namely Omar Bogle, Reece Fleet, Dior Angus and Lewis Hayden (both from last year’s Youth Team).
Solihull took the lead on eight minutes when Gavin Hurren gave the keeper no chance from 12 yards after a good build up between ex Blues Omar Bogle and Stern John. Kettering came straight back, first being denied by keeper Jas Singh before equalising on 26 minutes through Robert Peake.
Within five minutes of the second half restart Dior Angus was fouled in the box and Hurren converted the penalty for his second.
At the other end Singh was equal to everything Kettering threw at him.
On 80 minutes Junior English was up ended in the box resulting in another penalty. Hurren grabbed the ball and despatched it for his first hat trick for the club.
On Saturday Solihull kick off their Blue Square season away at Colwyn Bay - ko 3pm.
l Moors have been busy in the transfer market with 10 new signings including Trinidad and Tobago international and Blues legend Stern John.
Now aged 35, and the fourth highest international goalscorer ever, he’s working his way back into the game after taking a year away from football. Joining him is Gary Birch, a big, 6ft old fashioned centre forward, formerly of Walsall, Kidderminster Harriers and Lincoln City.