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PREVIEW | Wrexham vs Solihull Moors

Yet another in-form team visits The Racecourse.

14 April 2022

Once again, we welcome  to The Racecourse a side which is in superb form. Solihull Moors have sustained their push for at least a direct place in the play-off semi-finals with a superb run of results in 2022.

Nobody needs to be reminded of the remarkable sequence of home games Wrexham have been through the past 4 weeks, an incredible, relentless mixture of quality and drama which leaves us still keeping the pressure on league leaders Stockport County. The tests keep coming though, as Solihull Moors are on similarly magnificent form and arrive with their sights on improving on their current 4th place in the table.

Indeed, victory at The Racecourse would put The Moors on level points with their hosts, albeit with two games more played. The top scorers in the division after the top two, they also share with Stockport, Wrexham and Chesterfield the distinction of having lost the fewest games in the National League this season.

To find Solihull's most recent league defeat you have to go all the way back to January 8th, when they were beaten by Bromley. They also lost to The Whites in the FA Trophy last month, but bounced back from that result by getting straight back on track in the league: since then the only points they've dropped in 6 games were in an admirable 0-0 draw at 3rd-placed Halifax.

Spear-headed by their own eye-catching Summer signing from Cambridge, Andrew Dallas, and supported by the likes of Joe Sbarra, who is also in double figures for the season, manager Neal Ardley knows he has the weapons required for a push for promotion. He used a recent interview in "The Mirror" to suggest that, like his playing days at Wimbledon, his side could achieve as battling underdogs:

In budget terms, we're probably a mid-table team. But we had good players and we've added to that and we play some good football.

In our league this season what I feel you've got is 10 to 12 super, super-ambitious clubs. These are clubs that are ridiculously ambitious. And probably more so than most of the teams in League Two, in terms of putting money into it.

Having got Wimbledon promoted, I've then made a play-off final with Notts County and since coming to Solihull we're obviously in and around it so I hope I'm on the upward curve of learning and becoming better.

It would be great to take Solihull all the way (into the league). We're probably one of the teams up there that go under the radar a little bit. We hope to keep it that way.

If they can maintain their current form their promotion ambitions will come closer to being realised: then, the last thing Solihull Moors will be is under the radar!


An epic opening day encounter saw Joe Sbarra open the scoring with a screamer. Wrexhm turned the game around with two goals from debutants: Paul Mullin won and then scored a penalty before Dave Jones slammed in an unbelievable volley from distance. However, Moors piled on the pressure and earned a last-gasp point when Sbarra struck again in the fourth minute of added time.



With the promotion scrap coming to its conclusion, we could do with maintaining our 100% home record against Solihull Moors.

We’ve rarely come away from their place with much either: the draw we secured at Damson Park on the opening day of the season ended a run of 4 consecutive defeats there. Consequently, it’s no surprise to learn that the two clubs have just one league double between them in the fixture, achieved  5 years ago when Wrexham won both games 1-0 in the first season we appeared in the same league.

Solihull Moors have visited The Racecourse 6 times, and although the games have all been hard-fought, they’ve yet to emerge with anything to show for their efforts.

Solihull Moors' first game in North Wales was an FA Trophy tie in December 2012, which was the closest we came to defeat before our victory over Grimsby in the final.

Solihull Moors were the only side to take the lead against us on the road to Wembley, and they did it twice. Brett Ormerod and Adrian Cieslewicz both equalised, Dean Keates scored the penalty which secured a 3-2 win.

The next time Wrexham came back from behind twice to win a game, by the way, was last Saturday!

In August 2016 Mark Carrington scored the only goal in added time, sliding in at the far post to avert what appeared to be an inevitable goalless draw.

The following season both sides were going well, but the match was decided in Wrexham's favour by a brilliant Paul Rutherford lob.

In December 2018 Paul Rutherford scored the only goal in this fixture for the second season in a row, before a crowd of 6,220. That currently stands as our biggest crowd against Solihull Moors, but will clearly be eclipsed this weekend!

The widest winning margin we’ve experienced against The Moors is a mere 2 goals, achieved in December 2019 when goals from Omari Patrick and James Jennings earned a 2-0 win.

Last season it took two Luke Young penalties to secure a 2-1 win.


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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham 1-1 Solihull Moors

Ollie Palmer’s header sends Wrexham one point closer to Stockport County in first position.

15 April 2022

An instant, headed equaliser from Ollie Palmer extended Wrexham’s unbeaten run to 14 games, as the Reds shared the points in a 1-1 draw against promotion rivals Solihull Moors.

Joe Sbarra gave the visitors the lead in the 56th minute, after converting a bobbling ball from close range.

Palmer would leap like a salmon just two minutes later to nod in a Ben Tozer long-throw to equal the scores. 

Once again, Phil Parkinson named an unchanged 11 for a side that is picking itself for the moment in time in the second-versus-fourth clash.

The last time these two sides met was on the opening day of the season when fans were treated to a two-all draw and a David Jones goal of the season contender with his jaw dropping volley. 

After a dominant start for the visitors, a Luke Young slip allowed Callum Maycock to run on goal and slip through Sbarra, but Tozer heroically came sliding in to deflect the ball over the bar, in what was a nervous moment for Wrexham in the ninth minute.  

Space suddenly appeared outside the Moors’ box and Paul Mullin was obliged to shoot, but he slashed a swaying shot well over the bar with 12 minutes on the clock. 

Wrexham fans will be running out of fingers soon to count how many times Aaron Hayden and Tozer have combined this season on long throws and this sequence was almost repeated in the 16th minute, however Hayden could only direct his header into the hands of Ryan Boot. 

Jordan Davies’ unparalleled dribbling was on display in the 21st minute, as he danced down the Solihull by-line, but no one could get on the end of his flashing ball across the box, leaving Wrexham fans in dismay.  

It was Palmer’s turn to strike from the edge of the box in the 23rd minute, as he cut across the ball which was destined for Boot’s far corner until it deflected off Lois Maynard and straight into Boot’s hands. 

Jordan Davies’ eyes lit up as he slotted in Mullin in-behind, allowing him to take the ball around the keeper. Boot’s leg appeared to make contact with the striker, but the referee was decisive in his decision to book Mullin for diving in the 29th minute.  

Palmer had certainly awoken to the challenge of Solihull, as he dribbled past Maynard and fired a shot on goal, stinging the hands of Boot. The ball eventually ended up bobbling to McFadzean on the edge of the box, who slammed a half-volley, curling away from Boot, who managed to parry it aside with 32 minutes on the clock.  

Wrexham’s dominance was unquestionable, and Mullin had yet another effort on goal after Young’s miskick saw the ball land at his feet standing next to goal, but he couldn’t keep his effort down with three minutes left before half-time.  

Half-time was called at 0-0 and would see Wrexham at odds with not converting one of the many chances they created in the first half, after overcoming early Moors pressure. 

The dangerous Sbarra who scored a brace against the Reds in August, added to his tally in the 56th minute, after bundling in a shot through Christian Dibble’s legs, after an initial good save from the keeper. 

Wrexham have a habit of coming back from behind and Palmer felt obliged to carry on this tradition, as he nodded in Tozer’s long-throw into the Solihull net just two minutes after going behind. 

The Racecourse was again bouncing, featuring its highest crowd of the season and Mullin looked to capitalise on the atmosphere and slam a long-ranged effort on goal in the 59th minute, but it sailed over. 

A no-look ball from Max Cleworth in the 70th minute found the on-running Mullin in the box, but the off-balanced striker couldn’t keep his shot down below the crossbar.

Mullin’s darting runs and Davies through balls have become a hallmark of Wrexham’s game and were apparent in the 72nd minute, when Mullin’s effort almost burst through the hands of Boot, but the ball was parried wide of the far-post. 

Young whipped in a free-kick in the 78th minute from a similar position to Tozer’s throws, but the centre back found himself on the receiving end this time at the back-post, slashing his shot anxiously over the bar. 

It was written in the stars for an eleventh injury-time goal for the Reds, but Hayden’s towering header glistened off the top of Solihull’s net. 

Mullin was scampering down the left wing in the 93rd minute and his ball to the back post fell invitingly for substitute Liam McAlinden, who couldn’t find the opposite corner from his volley.  

Full time was called amongst some severe pressure from Wrexham at the death and the affair would end Wrexham 1-1 Solihull Moors.  

Wrexham: (5-3-2): Dibble (GK), Hall-Johnson (McAlinden 84’), Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, McFadzean, Young (C), Jones, Davies, Mullin, Palmer 

Subs not used: Camp (GK), French, Jarvis, Ponticelli 

Solihull Moors: (4-4-2) Boot (GK), Clarke, Storer (C), Howe, Sbarra (Reilly 82’), Maycock, Osborne (Hudlin 71’), Barnett, Boyes, Dallas (Newton 71’), Maynard 

Subs not used: Cranston, Ellis 

Referee: Garreth Rhoades 

Wrexham Bookings: Mullin 29’ (simulation) 

Solihull Moors Bookings: Sbarra 35’ (foul) 

Attendance: 9,981 (226 away) 

Man of the Match: Luke Young  

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