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PREVIEW | Solihull Moors vs Wrexham

A tough test to start the season for the Red Dragons.

20 August 2021

After all the off-field excitement, it's time to get down to business. Phil Parkinson's Wrexham side will finally get to play their first competitive game, and they certainly aren't going to be eased gently into action.

We were supposed to be preparing for a home game against Yeovil, but sadly circumstances mean that fixture can't be fulfilled this weekend. Instead. we acted decisively to arrange a replacement game, and will start our campaign at the home of a side who will be hugely disappointed if they don't make a sustained promotion push this season.

THE OPPOSITION
Solihull Moors finished last season in spectacular manner. They lost at The Racecourse in early May and never looked back, winning 6 of their final 7 games of the campaign, and drawing the other one.

Admittedly, they had a fairly straightforward run-in: they played each of the bottom 6, in a season where there was no relegation for them to battle against. However, you can do no more than beat the opponents in front of you, and any football fan knows that just because a run of fixtures looks easy on paper doesn't mean it'll be straightforward in reality.

The Moors have followed up that strong conclusion to the season by having a good Summer. Neal Ardley, whose work at Notts County drew widespread praise, was appointed as manager and he has managed to retain the core of last season's side while adding a sprinkling of quality new signings.

No playerwho made more than 12 appearances last season has left The Moors, and they've added considerable quality to an attacking unit which already looked good, with Danny Newton and Andy Dallas arriving at Damson Park. In the centre of midfield Lois Maynard is a terrific acquisition on a season-long loan from Stockport, while Matt Preston will add depth to the centre of defence.

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WREXHAM

Parkinson freely admits that he has not finished assembling his squad yet, and injuries led to him selecting an unfamiliar back three last Saturday against Curzon Ashton.

With all four senior strikers among the goals in pre-season, he'll be hoping they'll give a capacity crowd in the away end plenty to cheer about. 

Meanwhile, in the middle of the pitch Luke Young will enjoy his first match after being appointed club captain.

RECENT FORM
Both sides have looked good in pre-season. Wrexham enjoyed a 3-1 win over Curzon Ashton last Saturday, while The Moors drew 2-2 with fellow promotion hopefuls Notts County.

REFEREE: Steven Copeland

Wrexham's record when Copeland is referee:
  W D L
Home 1 0 0
Away 0 0 1

Cards
Yellow:
Wrexham 3 Opponents 0
Red:
Wrexham 0 Opponents 0

Last Wrexham game Copeland officiated: 
24/11/2020 Wrexham 4 Sutton Utd 0

#WXMANORAK
Jordan Davies made his Wrexham debut in the 1-0 defeat at Solihull Moors last season.

Jamie Reckord's record for Solihull Moors v Wrexham: Starts:5 Sub:0 Injured:0 Goals:1 Assists:0 W:2 D:1 L:2

Jamie Reckord's record for Wrexham v Solihull Moors: Starts:2 Sub:0 Injured:1 Goals:0 Assists:0 W:0 D:0 L:2

HEAD TO HEAD

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Solihull Moors have been consistently at the top end of the table since their promotion to this level in 2016, and have an impressive home record against us.

We’ve lost our last 4 games at Damson Park, and have only won there once, on our first visit there. That victory, back in February 2016, was earned through an Anthony Berry penalty in the 7th minute of the game.

We then went 326 minutes without scoring at Solihull. A goalless draw in February 2018 was followed up by our first loss there at the start of the following season.

In truth, it was an ugly match, memorable for all the wrong reasons, as it was the day when Manny Smith sustained the injury which cruelly ended his career.

The match looked likely to end in the goalless stalemate it deserved to be, but with 8 minutes left Smith’s replacement, Doug Tharme, lost his man at a set piece and the Moors pinched the win while Sam Ricketts suffered his first loss as manager.

The following season caretaker manager Brian Flynn saw his side put up a decent fight but lose 3-1. After falling 2-0 behind, with Jamie Reckord doubling the home team’s lead in spectacular style, Wrexham rallied well and gave themselves a chance when, with just under half an hour left, a superb move ended in Bobby Grant scoring. However, The Moors struck back 7 minute later when Jamey Osborne scored direct from a corner to halt our progress.

Last season we travelled to Solihull twice in the opening three weeks of the campaign, and neither went well. Admittedly, we had slightly the better of things in the league encounter, but struggled to create chances and conceded from a corner at the start of the second half.

We returned to play an FA Cup tie 18 days later, but were never really in contention as they blew us away 4-0.

Considering our poor record at Damson Park, it's remarkable to consider that we've got a 100% home record agaist The Moors, and are there well ahead in the overall head-to-head, boasting 7 wins to Solihull's 4.

LAST MATCH BETWEEN WREXHAM AND SOLIHULL MOORS
Wrexham 2 (Young pen 27, pen 32) Solihull Moors 1 (Rooney pen 80)
Wrexham:
R Lainton, F Kelleher, S Pearson, T Vassell, J Davies, C Green, R Hall-Johnson, L Young, J Harris (P Rutherford, 89), D Angus (J Ponticelli, 68), G Omotayo. Subs not used: D Jarvis, C Dibble, T French

Solihull Moors:  R Boot, J Cranston, N Cameron, J Thompson, C Coxe (J Sbarra, 79), S Gleeson (C Maycock, 54), A Addai, Jimmy Ball (K Hudlin, 54), K Storer, J Donawa, A Rooney. Subs not used: M Hancox, J Piggott

Bookings:
Wrexham -
Pearson
Solihull Moors -
Cameron, Hudlin

Red cards: None

Referee: Jacob Miles

Attendance: BCD

 

Milestones

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Paul Mullin’s 300th career appearance.

Mullin needs 2 more goals to reach 75 career league goals.

christian_dibble.jpgChristian Dibble’s 125th career appearance.

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Jake Hyde needs 2 more goals to reach 100 career league goals.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT | Solihull Moors 2-2 Wrexham

Moors snatch late point despite debut goals for Mullin and Jones

21 August 2021

The goal of the year by new signing David Jones helped Wrexham secure a 2-2 draw against promotion rivals Solihull Moors on the opening day of the Vanarama National League.

Solihull started the match much the better side and it was Joe Sbarra who gave the home side the lead in the 18th minute, as he curled a screamer into Christian Dibble’s top corner.

Paul Mullin found a way back into the game for the Red Dragons, as he won and scored a penalty, after being brought down by Marcus Dewhurst in the 25th minute. Jones then ran onto a half-volley and scored one of the greatest goals in the club’s history to give Wrexham the lead.

Sbarra was an alarming threat all game and he broke Wrexham hearts in the 95th minute to score another screamer and level the scores at 2-2.

Wrexham made two changes to the side that beat Curzon Ashton in their last pre-season friendly, as Cameron Green and Liam McAlinden made way to the bench for Max Cleworth and Tyler French. New signing David Jones moved into midfield, as Cleworth and French lined up in defence.

A number of Wrexham players made their league debuts for the Club, including Aaron Hayden, Jones, Jake Hyde and Mullin, while Cleworth's start marked his Wrexham league debut.

The first five minutes of this fixture can only be described as tense and nervy. Jamie Reckord surprisingly showed Ryan Barnett onto the inside of the Wrexham box, where he was given acres of space to shoot from 18 yards. The effort was straight at Christian Dibble and should have been easily collected by the Wrexham keeper, but the ball slipped underneath him on the greasy surface and was streaking agonisingly towards the goal-line, before Hayden raced back to clear the ball away.

Joe Sbarra was the Moors man to step over the ball for a dangerous free-kick 20 yards out from the Wrexham goal. He curled his effort past the wall, but the ball curled centrally into Dibble’s arms, where this time he was able to secure the ball safely into his chest with nine minutes on the clock.

Wrexham had somehow survived the first ten minutes without conceding and in regard to the score-line, that was all the mattered. Wrexham’s talisman Paul Mullin was able to finally get onto the ball in a dangerous area in the 11th minute, where he squared the ball across the box to Jordan Davies, who’s eyes flashed at the opportunity, as he leant back and blazed his shot over the bar.

Solihull’s dominant start to the first half was rewarded with a goal in the 18th minute, as the dangerous Joe Sbarra ripped an outrageous curled effort into the top corner, giving Dibble absolutely no chance.

Sbarra was again causing problems in the 25th minute, as he drove at the Wrexham defence and slammed a low-driven thunderbolt at Wrexham’s goal. The ball skidded off the turf and wide of the post, with Wrexham looking shaky.

Wrexham had to find something to dismantle the Solihull Moors pressure and a penalty was a fine way to go about it. Mullin nipped ahead of keeper Dewhurst to win the ball in the Moors’ box and was subsequently brought down going seemingly nowhere. The League 2 Player of the Season stepped up to take the penalty and slammed the ball, with copious amounts of inertia, straight down the middle of the Solihull goal to level the scores with 26 minutes on the clock.

Its safe to say that the away end housing Wrexham fans was rocking, as Wrexham banished their nerves by means of attack. A notoriously dangerous Hall-Johnson ball was headed out all the way to Mr. David Jones who couldn’t not shoot as the ball teed up to be slammed out of the ground. However, Wrexham’s latest signing, as a player-coach, fizzed the ball from his left foot. Wrexham fans arose as the ball gained altitude, before it whistled into the top corner of the Solihull net, to give Wrexham the lead and cap off “the best goal in the history of association football.” – Ollie Williams 2021

Wrexham’s second goal in the 28th minute sent the Wrexham faithful wild. The game subsequently calmed down u the 43rd minute, where Solihull striker Danny Newton fired a shot to Dibble’s near post, but the Wrexham keeper flew off his spot to push the ball out.

A feature of the Wrexham vs Curzon Ashton pre-season friendly was Hall-Johnson’s crossing to Jake Hyde’s head. This was again evident in the 45th minute when Hyde scooped down low to head into the bottom corner, but he was flagged offside, much to the dismay of the Wrexham fans.

Half time was greeted with a dangerous level of decibels, as Parkinson’s Wrexham eleven had come from behind to lead 2-1.

The start to the second half was most certainly quieter than the first, but Hall Johnson sprung Wrexham into life in the 58th minute, as he pushed the ball onto his right-foot and shot a bullet, which deflected and dipped alarmingly over the Solihull net.

Hall-Johnson lunged into a 50/50 with a Solihull man, already on a yellow card and was second to the ball. The force that went into the ball was evident to the naked eye and Hall-Johnson was down for a lengthy period of time, before he was worryingly stretchered off in the 75th minute, as Harry Lennon came on for his debut.

An outstanding through ball by Mullin slipped through substitute Liam McAlinden, who went through on goal on the angle. He slammed his left-foot through the ball, as it teased Dewhurst’s bottom left corner, but eventually bobbled wide of the far corner in the 82nd minute amidst a quiet second half.

Captain Luke Young flew on the halfway line to prevent a Solihull counterattack, and in a Robin Van-Persie esque fashion, headed the ball away from danger, however the clearance shapeshifted into a through ball as Mullin went through on the right angle. He blazed his effort with venom at Dewhurst, but the striker was denied by the keeper’s fingertips in the 89th minute.

Sbarra was a noticeable threat all game and his goal in the first half wasn’t enough for himself, as he went on to score another screamer in the 95th minute to break Wrexham hearts, leaving the final score at 2-2.

Solihull Moors: Dewhurst, Williams, Storer ©, Howe, Sbarra, Maycock, Barnett (Hudlin 72’), Boyes, Dallas (Donawa 85'), Preston, Newton

Subs not used: Clayton (GK), Cranston, McNally, Donawa

Wrexham: Dibble (GK), Hall-Johnson (Lennon 76’), French, Hayden, Cleworth, Reckord, Young ©, Jones, Davies, Hyde ((McAlinden 70’), Mullin

Subs not used: Szczepaniak (GK), Green, Angus

Referee: Steven Copeland

Solihull Moors Bookings: None

Wrexham Bookings: Hall-Johnson 59’ (foul), French After Full-Time (dissent)

Attendance: 2,196

Wrexham Man of the Match: Aaron Hayden

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT | Solihull Sold Out and Key Information

Away tickets for Solihull now sold out

18 August 2021

Wrexham’s first game of the 2021/22 campaign away to Solihull Moors on Saturday has now sold out.

Supporters have snapped up tickets within two hours of going on sale, with a full away end at Damson Park.

Please note, no further tickets will be on sale to away fans for this fixture.

We have also been advised by Solihull Moors of the following:

  • Post code checks will be carried out on ALL tickets and followed up should we believe the postcode to have been entered incorrectly.
  • Any away purchases identified in the home section will have their tickets cancelled and any visiting supporters found in the home section on the day will be ejected from the stadium.

We look forward to hearing Wrexham fans on the road for our season opener this weekend. Matchday travel for the game is available by clicking here.

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