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PREVIEW | Solihull Moors vs Wrexham

We meet again.

31 December 2022

2022 kicks off with an enticing fixture, and once again the travelling reds will be filling the away end to roar the Red Dragons on.

Obviously, this game is conditioned by what happened at The Racecourse on Boxing Day, but it would be incredibly naive to expect a repeat of that emphatic Wrexham win. Solihull Moors might have hot a rough patch of form, but a trip to Damson Park is never easy, as The Red Dragons' record there illustrates.

Paul Mullin's third hat trick of the season, along with goals from Ollie Palmer and Aaron Hayden, secured our biggest win over The Moors last Monday; a just reward for a fine team performance.

The Moors won't just carry bruised egos into this match: they will also be without their skipper Kyle Storer. The ex-Wrexham midfielder will serve the first part of a three-game suspension for picking up a straight red card for a challenge on Luke Young.

Moors boss Neal Ardley refused to hide behind the red card when he conducted his post-match interview, but instead lamented his side's second half performance, while acknowledging the ability of Phil Parkinson's side to "score from all angles".

It was good for 40 minutes, and then it crumbled.

-Neal Ardley, Solihull Moors manager

He was pleased with how his side set themselves up in the opening half though, and there's no doubt that his players, stung by the result, will be bursting to return to familiar territory and exact revenge.

He will have Ben Coker available again after suspension, and might return to the back four which has been his preferred defensive for much of the season, having seen his back three struggle to contain Wrexham's attack on Monday. 



Solihull Moors will be hungry for revenge after the 5-0 thumping they suffered on Boxing Day. They have a strong home record against Wrexham to back them up, as we’ve only won one in 7 games at Damson Park.

That victory was our first game there, as Anthony Barry scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the 7th minute of a league match in February 2017. We earned a goalless draw in the following season, but then suffered 4 consecutive defeats.

 A late goal by Alex Gudger settled a depressing August afternoon in 2018, as Manny Smith suffered what would turn out to be a career-ending injury. 


The following season we were beaten 3-1, despite Bobby Grant rounding off an excellent move which spanned the length of the pitch to give us some hope in the second half. That hope was extinguished when Jamey Osborne scored direct from a corner with twenty minutes left. The abiding memory of the match came in the first half, though, when future Wrexham left back Jamie Reckord scored a magnificent goal to give the Moors a two-goal advantage.

We met twice in the space of two weeks in October 2020, as the COVID-struck season behind closed doors kicked off. First we lost a tight leage match to a James Ball header from a corner early in the first half, and then we crashed out of the FA Cup, as Joe Sbarra turned in a match-winning performance with two goals.

That miserable run meant we arrived at Solihull on the opening day of last season having scored just one goal in 533 minutes there. The game, the first under Phil Parkinson, was a dramatic affair. Sbarra gave The Moors a deserved lead, but Paul Mullin earned and scored a debut penalty before David Jones scored an incredible long range volley to give us a half time lead.

We looked to be successfully keeping Solihull at arm’s length throughout the second half until Sbarra popped up again with a 94th minute equaliser. Sbarra maintained his fine run against Wrexham by scoring at The Racecourse in the return match, his fifth goal in this fixture.

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James Jones' 300th career appearance.


Sam Dalby's 100th league match.


Reece Hall-Johnson's 75th Wrexham appearance.

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Match Reports

REPORT | Solihull Moors 1-2 Wrexham AFC

Wrexham start 2023 with away win

2 January 2023

Jordan Tunnicliffe’s first Wrexham goal and Tom O’Connor’s brilliant free-kick helped Wrexham to start 2023 with an away win at Solihull Moors.

Tunnicliffe headed Wrexham into a half-time lead and O’Connor doubled the advantage after the break, with Mark Howard’s unfortunate late own goal not enough to deny the visitors all three points.

It meant a festive double over Solihull, and a first win at the ARMCO Arena since 2017 as Wrexham move to within two points of Vanarama National League leaders Notts County.

Manager Phil Parkinson named an unchanged team to the one which beat the Moors 5-0 on Boxing Day.

Solihull had the first sight at goal, with Justin Donowa dragging a right-footed effort wide with just a minute on the clock.

Donowa went close again on nine minutes, striding forward to meet Callum Maycock’s through ball and unleashing a dipping, 20-yard effort which Mark Howard tipped over acrobatically.

But Wrexham were in front in the 12th minute, with Elliot Lee dancing down the right hand side and floating a perfect cross to the back post for Tunnicliffe to head in his first goal for the Club.

Wrexham enjoyed a spell of attacking possession after the goal, without being able to make it count, but the momentum was halted by injury to Jacob Mendy.

With Mendy off receiving treatment, Andrew Dallas headed goalwards from the centre of the box but Howard parried clear on 21 minutes.

Callum McFadzean replaced Mendy for the subsequent corner, from which Callum Howe headed goalwards but Howard once again was equal to it.

Ryan Barnett was next to test Howard, racing onto a long ball over the top and shooting across goal, but the Wrexham keeper again parried clear.

Wrexham nearly doubled their advantage with three minutes of the half remaining though, when Lee and Mullin combined for the former to shoot low, only for Howe to slide in and deflect it wide.

Lee was the architect as Luke Young had an early sight at goal three minutes into the second-half, skipping inside and feeding Mullin, who teed the shot up, but the captain shot wildly over.

Moments later, Mullin slipped the ball through to Ollie Palmer on the left, but the striker’s shot lacked the power to beat Ryan Boot.

At the other end, after a free-kick failed to beat the Wrexham wall in the 51st minute Josh Kelly shifted the ball onto his left-foot and shot low but Howard saved and held.

The visitors’ were starting to pile the pressure on, however, and both Mullin from the edge of the box and Lee inside the area had shots well blocked as the hour-mark ticked closer.

The pressure told on 65 minutes, however, when Tom O’Connor curled a sumptuous free-kick over the bar and into the top corner from 20 yards when Mullin was fouled on the edge.

O’Connor had another free-kick chance in the 71st minute, but the Irishman this time curled well over from the opposite side of the area.

Boot then beat 20-yard effort clear on 73 minutes, before Luke Young could only fire back at the keeper from the rebound.

Aaron Hayden’s last-gasp header off the line stopped Joey Jones from reducing the deficit with little more than two minutes remaining.

Solihull did pull one back inside the first of three minutes added on, however – a low cross deflecting in off Mark Howard at the near post.

But the goal was too little, too late as Wrexham withstood some late aerial pressure to claim all three points and kick off 2023 with a win.


Wrexham: Howard, Hayden, Tozer, Tunnicliffe, Forde, O’Connor, Young, Mendy (McFadzean 22), Lee (J.Jones 81), Mullin (Dalby 90+1), Palmer

Subs not used: Lainton, McAlinden

Solihull Moors: Boot, Clarke, Howe, Gudger, Coker, Maycock, Jones, Barnett, Donowa (Cybulski 67), Kelly (Whelan 78), Dallas

Subs not used: Moulden, Ryley, Shambrook

Referee: Adrian Quelch

Attendance: 3,915 (1,304 away)

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Ticket News

TICKET NEWS | Solihull Moors (A) on sale tomorrow

Wrexham allocated 1,000 tickets – available direct from The Moors

15 December 2022

Tickets for our first Vanarama National League match of 2023, away to Solihull Moors on Monday January 2, 2023, go on sale at mid-day tomorrow (Friday December 16).

Tickets will be available direct from Solihull Moors’ ticket office, in advance only.

We have been allocated 1,000 tickets for the match, which kicks off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena, with uncovered allocated seating in Block N, and covered standing available in blocks I, J, K, L and M.

Do not attempt to buy tickets in the home end. Any away supporters found in the home end will have their tickets rejected.

Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults - £21
65+, 18-24 - £16
Under-18s - £11
Under-12s - £3.50

Supporters requiring wheelchair spaces should contact Wrexham AFC Disability Liaison Officer, Kerry Evans, on

Supporters requiring ambulant disabled tickets, with companion tickets, can buy these direct from Solihull Moors.

Official coach travel will be available for the game, at a cost of £16 for adults and £14 for under-16s, with coaches set to depart the Mold Road at 11.30am. Please note, under-14s must be accompanied on official supporter travel and alcohol is strictly prohibited by law.

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