Saturday 1st November 2014
Solihull Moors: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Jay Denny (Richard Taundry), Liam Daly, Rob Elvins, Darren Byfield (Owen Story), Junior English (Reece Fleet), Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Deale Chamberlain, Dominic Langdon
Hyde FC: Christian Thewlis, D'Arcy O'Connor, Adam Blakeman, Kelvin Lomax, Alex McQuade, Scott Kerr, Connor Hughes, Luke Giverin, George Riley (Adam Thurston), Joe Conchie (Steve Tames), Tom Bentham. Subs not used: Josh Brizell, Rhys Day, Daniel Mukuna.
by Jake Ashton
The Tigers fell to another defeat on the road after a tough game against a strong Solihull side.
Solihull Moors 3-0 Hyde
The home side started off brightly, going close early on with a corner, but Christian Thewlis smartly punched the ball away and out of the area. Omar Bogle has been Solihullís star man so far this season, and looked to carry on his brilliant form with another goal to add to his tally, and after some wonderful skill, including a Maradona turn, he skimmed his shot wide. Moors took the lead in the 8th minute with a wonderful strike after great play by Jordan Gough down the left wing, floating a ball in to Ryan Beswick who thumped it in on the volley off the underside of the bar.
Solihull continued their pressure and right back Michael Nottingham kept on breaking through and linking up well with Bogle, which resulted in a chance for Nottingham, but his shot went flying over the stand. More great play from the home side resulted in another good chance for Bogle but the striker couldnít take it, something that was frequent all game, with the striker trying almost too hard with some of his chances. Darren Byfield then nearly scored a terrific goal for the Moors, but his audacious chip went just over the Hyde goal and left the Tigerís breathing another sigh of relief.
Hyde then started to ease into the game a bit more and found themselves having their fair share of possession, with George Riley and Scott Kerr pinging the ball around for fun in the middle, and the Tigers had a good chance at getting an equaliser after Joe Conchieís sublime turn, but the striker slipped as he went to shoot, summing up Hydeís day, with players slipping all over the pitch. The last 10 minutes of the half flew by with more entertainment in the airport behind the ground than on the pitch, with not much happening at all.
The second half begun with the Tigers on the front foot, carrying on where they left off in the first half with the majority of possession, but failed to capitalise on it with the hosts getting their second of the game on the 60th minute, with Beswick getting his second of the game. Beswick picked the ball up on the right flank and cut inside, before whipping in a dangerous shot that flew just over Bogleís head and straight into the far corner of the net, leaving Thewlis stranded. Both Bogle and Beswick looked bemused when the goal went in, almost embarrassed and in all fairness to Bogle the striker didnít try to claim it.
Solihull went close again through Bogle after great link up play with Beswick but he couldnít get the goal he wanted after he hit his shot just wide. The Moors did get their third through a cracking free kick from Darryl Knights after Liam Daly seemed to distract Thewlis in a move straight from the training ground, leaving the Hyde keeper completely wrong footed and the home fans ecstatic.
The last 15 minutes of the game were far from comfortable for the home side and the Tigers had more than enough chances to get back into the match, with sub Steve Tames nearly scoring with his first bit of action but Nottingham cleared off the line and saved a consolation goal for the Tigers. Luke Giverin then had a chance cleared off the line after Moors keeper Breedonís rush of blood to the head left him stranded, and the Hyde midfielders shot from 30 yards out was headed off the line by Daly. The Tigers left Damson Park with a defeat but will look to take the positives of the last 15 minutes into the game next weekend back at Ewen Fields.