Solihull Moors Preview

Job done from the two home games it's now time for County to try to build on a fairly average away record against a team that have yet to record a home with this season.

It's our third to the Midlands this season, having won at Tamworth and drawn at Hednesford, and opponents Solihull have had some down and up form over recent games.

Solihull Moors last five games
  • H v Oxford City, Lost 2-3 (13th)
  • A v Hednesford Town, Lost 1-2 (17th)
  • H v Barrow, Lost 3-4 (20th)
  • A v North Ferriby United, Won 3-1 (17th)
  • A v Harrogate Town, Won 4-0 (15th)

The players involved in that comfortable win in Yorkshire last Saturday were:

Being up against County will be nothing new should the same players be used on Saturday as apart from  Lewis Hayden these men have all at least been on the bench for games against the Hatters first team during their careers.

Moors top scorer is Omar Bogie, who got the winner when County visited Damson Park last season. His 8 goals mean Bogie is also top of the Conference North scorers chart at present - County's nearest challenger for that position being Kristian Dennis two goals behind.

Goalkeeper Tony Breedon is a newcomer to the Solihull side this season but he has previously faced us for three other clubs. In January 2012 Tony was in the Kidderminster side that lost 2-1 at EP. During 2012-13 he kept clean sheets at home and away for Tamworth, and last year he had moved on to Leamington and County managed to get the ball past him once in each game although neither was won. Breedon is one of 6 ever presents from their opening 8 games.

With enforced changes on Tuesday night due to the increasing injury list and recall of Jack Ryan it may well be that manager Alan Lord will be looking at his options to bring in a new player ahead of Saturday's game. It has already been reported that Alan will be looking to see if Preston will allow Ryan to return. Hopefully former County man Simon Grayson, who manages the Deepdale side, will  look favourably on the approach, especially given he brought in Aston Villa striker Callum Robinson who played on Tuesday whilst Ryan was not involved.

What seems certain is that as on Tuesday there will be youngsters from the Development Squad on the bench and with good competitive outings in the Lancashire League these players will be more match ready than we have seen in the last few years when games for squad players outside the first team were rare.

As another of the clubs County had never met before dropping into the Conference North this will be our 2nd visit. Last season the tip was made in March when County had settled into a mid-table position from which they would move little over the last month of the season.

An Exodus Exocet on the way !

Saturday 22 March 2014 - Skrill Conference North
Solihull Moors 1 (Bogle) County 0 att. 525
Moors: Jasbir Singh, Alex Dean, Jordan Gough, Reece Fleet, Robert Elvins, Exodus Geohaghon, Junior English, Richard Taundry, Omar Bogle (Jay Denny), Dior Angus (Michael Blackwood), Darryl Knights
County: Ian Ormson, Mark Lees, Scott Duxbury, Jamie Milligan, Kieran Charnock, Stephen O'Halloran, Tunji Moses, Chris Churchman (Rhyss Oates), Kristian Dennis, Phil Jevons, Iain Howard (Mark Battersby);

Another game that (as almost always with County) is difficult to call. Although Solihull lie 16th they have a game in hand on most club's above them and they have recently stopped a losing run with consecutive away victories. Their supporters will certainly be hoping to see that first home win of the season

In contrast County have those injury issues - but having to change the side around in recent games hasn't stopped the side winning. Clearly on Tuesday we faced some significant pressure at times but we can hope that Moors don't have any men of the calibre of Danny Jackman to pull them together. It might well come down to whether Dennis or Bogie is more efficient at taking any chances that present themselves.

Saturday's other games in the Vanarama Conference North that could affect County's position by full-time and a reminder of the relevant part of the league table.
  • AFC Fylde v Worcester City
  • Boston United v Gloucester City
  • Chorley v Hednesford Town
  • Guiseley v Oxford City
  • Hyde v Lowestoft Town
  • Leamington v Harrogate Town
  • North Ferriby United v Barrow

Ian Watts


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