REPORT| Solihull Moors 1-0 Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Mon 27 Aug 2018

Despite taking a massive following to Solihull, it was the Welshmen who headed home on the wrong of scoreline for the first time this season.

With jut nine minutes remaining, Alex Gudger was in the right spot at the right time to fire in the only goal of a game that produced few chances at either end.

A number of changes for the Dragons as they played their second game in 48 hours, with Kevin Roberts, Luke Young, Chris Holroyd and Rekeil Pyke all starting.

Knocks to James Jennings, Nicky Deverdics and Stuart Beavon from the match on Saturday, meant they were rested. Although this gave places on the bench for both Freddie Hinds and Scott Burgess.  

The opening quarter this encounter in the West Midlands did little to stimulate the large crowd on hand, which was weighed heavily in favour of the visitors, positioned on two sides of the ground.

There was a switch on the half hour, as Doug Tharme was required for his second league appearance of the weekend, with Manny Smith having to hobble from the pitch with an injury to his right leg.

Moments later the first real effort of the game went to the home side as midfielder Jamey Osborne tried his luck from outside of the box. While Rob Lainton had it covered, the ball did bounce up in front of him, but with no striker on hand, he had enough time to recover the loose ball.

For the Reds our first chance came from the head of Luke Summerfield on 39 minutes, as he made contact with a ball that was half cleared from a Chris Holroyd cross, but his effort from 18-yards drifted just wide of Ryan Boot’s right-hand post.

The Wrexham fans were out of their seats on 44 minutes, as Rekeil Pyke’s cross from the right wing was headed down by Mike Fondop into the path of Holroyd, but his first-time effort from the edge of the box, spun harmlessly wide.

The home team had enjoyed most of the possession, but even with the injury to Manny, they had yet to find a way through to Lainton’s goal. Summed up by a free kick that Darren Carter took deep into time added on, as from 22-yards he floated it straight out of play, high over the heads of the waiting crowd.

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The opening exchanges of the second half saw Kevin Roberts whip in a low cross that was cleared by the extended leg of a defender, before the ball moved to the other end where Osbourne fired in another long-range shot that didn’t worry Lainton.

On 54 minutes, Wrexham stepped up the pressure and a lovely move ended with Roberts crossing from the right for a flying header by Holroyd, but keeper Boot was able to hold onto the ball.

Moors when close through ex-Red Danny Wright on 58 minutes, when he helped on a Hylton cross, but Lainton was equal to the task.

On the hour, Scott Burgess was sent on for his debut, replacing Summerfield directly in midfield.

Just as the crowd was announced, with the Welshmen supplying some 62% of the 2,412 in attendance!

It was then the turn of Jordan Maguire-Drew to see some action with a quarter of the game remaining, coming on for Fondop.

There was then a bench warning to Solihull, after their assistant manager through a water bottle onto the pitch – first time we have seen this action since it was introduced at the start of the season.

Pearson then had his name taken for a foul 30 yards out, when he was left exposed due to a wayward pass in midfield.

The free kick was poorly worked, but Solihull won the ball back and forced a corner, when the Reds should have been on the break. Although even the tall figure of centre back Liam Daly could only head it out of play for a goal kick.

Tensions were getting a little frayed by this stage, but referee Lucas

With nine minutes left, a Storer free kick was delivered into the Wrexham box, knocked down by Daly and then swept home from close range by Alex Gudger to give the home side the lead.

As the 90 minutes clocked round, the fourth official indicated an extra eight minutes, which didn’t go down well with the locals.

But even this extended period of added time was unable to help the Reds, who fell to their first defeat of the season.

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer, Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter, Yussuf (O’Keeffe 89), Hylton (Carline 87), D Wright.
Subs: Sweeny, Maxwell, Murphy.

Wrexham: Lainton, Roberts, Pearson, M Smith (Tharme 30), Carrington, Summerfield (Burgess 60), Young, A Wright, Pyke, Fondop (Maguire-Drew 68), Holroyd.
Subs: Dibble, Hinds.

Referee: Simeon Lucas (Lancs)
Attendance: 2,412
Away: 1,501

Bookings -
Solihull Moors:
Carter (63, foul), Storer (69, foul), O’Keefee (90+5, foul)
Wrexham: Pearson (78, foul), Pyke (86, foul)


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