REPORT | Solihull Moors 0-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Tue 20 Feb 2018

The two teams could only muster on decent chance between them over the 90 minutes, so hardly surprising that this game ended in a goalless stalemate in the West Midlands.

It did stretch our unbeaten run to 11 games, but with eight of those being draws, we do need to quickly convert these draws into wins.

Two changes for the Reds with Paul Rutherford and Akil Wright starting, while Marcus Kelly and Scott Boden missed out.

The home side certainly started like a term full of confidence after their recent upturn in fortunes, which included last Saturday’s home success against Dover Athletic.

On 11 minutes, Scott Quigley’s persistence forced a mistake in the home ranks a corner. That was poorly dealt with by Max O’Leary in the home goal and his second attempt was little better, going only as far as Sam Wedgbury 22-yards out, but his first-time volley was well over the Solihull cross bar.

Their forward progress was not slowed though, and they poured men forward at every opportunity. Chris Dunn punching one cross clear and Adi Yussuf pulling another shot wide from 15-yards out.

Not long afterwards, full back Jamie Reckord got forward to to jump high at the back post and win his header, but he couldn’t get it on target and it sailed away into the ranks of travelling supporters.

Moors sent men forward in numbers on 33 minutes, but the home side passed up a great chance as two players fluffed their shots and then Reckord’s left wing cross evaded everyone in the penalty area!

At the other end, Wedgbury won the ball back in midfield and was quick in finding Quigley in the left-hand channel, with the goal ahead of him, it took a smart block by Tyrone Williams to keep the shot away from his keeper.

Quigley did well putting pressure on the home keeper at Deverdics corner, forcing another flag kick after 41 minutes. This in turn saw Wrexham pinning the Moors back in their own half and ended with a James Jennings cross from the left that carried just beyond the back post.

The home team moved the ball quickly forward and Osborne saw his shot from the edge of the box, flash across the face of the Wrexham goal.

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Moors hit the wood work on 55 minutes, when Yussuf got a sight of goal to fire in a low effort that spun off the base of Dunn’s right-hand post, spinning across the face of the Wrexham goal before being hooked clear!

Wrexham responded with Quigley crossing from the left, after a surging run, only for Reckord to head away, but eventually go out of play for a corner.

A change for both sides on 68 minutes with Jonathan Franks replacing Holroyd and ex-Red Alex Reid for Yussuf in the home ranks.

Shortly afterwards and Wedgbury tried his luck from distance, but it carried over the Moors goal.

Jack Mackreth was introduced for Rutherford on 76 minutes, offering fresh pair of legs on the right wing.

As Wrexham looked for a late goal, they sent on Marcus Kelly for Quigley.


Solihull Moors: O'Leary, Williams, Daly, Kelleher, Reckord, Storer, Carter, Thomas, Osborne, Hylton (Edwards 82), Yussuf (Reid 68).
Subs: K Green, P Green, Carline.

Wrexham: Dunn, Roberts, M Smith, Pearson, Jennings, Rutherford (Mackreth 76), Wright, Wedgbury, Deverdics, Holroyd (Franks 68), Quigley (Kelly 85).
Subs: Dibble, Raven.

Referee: D Rock (Herts)
Attendance: 1,228
Away: 648 (+ all the rest in the home end)

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