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Oxford City 1 Solihull Moors 4: Free-scoring Moors exact sweet revenge on Oxford

Oxford City 1 Solihull Moors 4: Moors enjoyed a handsome victory in this re-arranged clash following both sides' premature FA Cup exits.

City's Darren Pond tussles with Moors Ryan Beswick
City's Darren Pond tussles with Moors Ryan Beswick

Moors enjoyed a handsome victory in this re-arranged clash following both sides’ premature FA Cup exits.

Oxford sat third in the league at the start of play having made their best start to a season in the Conference North, scoring 28 goals in the process. Moors knew any loss of concentration would be a potential disaster against a team who beat them 3–2 at the Autotech Stadium just two months ago.

It was evident from the start that Oxford were very fast moving forward and Solihull had Tony Breeden to thank as he saved with his feet as Jackson advanced.

Then on 11 minutes he produced a fantastic left-handed save as an Oxford free-kick looked certain for the back of the net.

For a short while Knights and Byfield swapped wings as Moors took the game to their hosts and it was from a Knights pass to Beswick that Solihull opened their account on the quarter hour mark. Beswick rifled a shot in which keeper Scott spilled to the incoming Byfield who tapped home from 10 yards.

Moors almost doubled their lead on 23 minutes when Jordan Gough drilled in a thunderbolt at an acute angle from the left but the ball cannoned off the upright.

On the half hour, Knights launched a defence-splitting pass to Bogle who beat the offside trap and neatly rounded the out-rushing Scott to put Solihull two up.

Oxford were defied by the long reach of Breeden on 40 minutes and Moors were fortunate when a speculative effort took a deflection but fell wide of the post. Moors nevertheless merited their two-goal lead at the break.

As the second half gathered momentum it was end-to-end stuff with Byfield going close on 55 minutes, whilst Oxford’s Kynan Isaac flashed the ball across the Moors six-yard line but there was nobody for the easy tap-in.

On the hour mark, Solihull put the match to bed when Knights broke down the left hand flank and crossed to Beswick just inside the box to volley home in off the left hand upright.

Three minutes later from a free kick Bogle picked out Byfield who took the ball around his defender before hammering it into the left hand corner of the net for Moors’ fourth.

To their credit Oxford never stopped trying and Barcelos brought another great low save from Breeden with 15 minutes to go.

At the other end Liam Daly was unlucky with a bicycle kick as he drove forward and Jay Denny was caught just offside in a one-on-one with Scott.

Moors kept up the momentum right to the end with substitutes Owen Story and Aitor Espejo combining well on the right flank, and for the second week running Solihull claimed a 4-1 victory.

The win elevates Moors to 10th in the league and, with a game in hand on most of their rivals, the play-off places are within sight.

Next Saturday they entertain second-placed Chorley at the Autotech Stadium (kick off 3pm).

 

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