Report: Maidenhead United 2-1 Solihull Moors
Posted on 27th January 2024
The Magpies picked up all three points at York Road against Solihull Moors with a 2-1 score line in the Vanarama National League.
The first 45 minutes of the game was an exciting one which saw both sides on the score board, the Magpies were the first to open the scoring with Tobi Sho-Silva in the 11th minute after an effort from Sam Barratt was saved but the ball fell to Sho-Silva who was waiting in the 6-yard box to put it away. Solihull Moors managed to equalise with Josh Kelly after he found the bottom corner from a lifted pass into him in the 18-yard box which concluded the scoring for the first half.
The second half continued the excitement with a few chances for both sides. Maidenhead were able to take one of their created chances to take the lead and the three points, a long ball by Craig Ross was brought down by Solihull defenders which fell to Sam Barratt who let off an effort from outside of the box finding the bottom right corner. Solihull tried to find the equaliser with dangerous promising attacks, but the Magpies were able to hang on for all 3 points.
These 3 points saw Maidenhead United move from 18th in the table to 14th, 1 point ahead of Southend United who have a game in hand.
Alan Devonshire made 3 changes to his side that lost to Ebbsfleet United mid-week, as Shawn McCoulsky, Reece Smith and Alan Massey all took their space on the bench which saw Jayden Mitchell-Lawson, Remy Clerima and Tobi Sho-Silva in the starting line-up.
The first chance of the game saw Maidenhead take the lead with Tobi Sho-Silva, after a great pass to the left side by Nathaniel-George which found Sam Barratt in space who had an effort on target saved by Solihull goalkeeper Nick Hayes but the ball fell to the feet of Tobi Sho-Silva in the 6-yard who was able to find the back of the net to put his team in front just before the quarter of an hour mark.
The Magpies nearly doubled the lead 10 minutes after the first, as Sam Barratt had an adventurous effort from a free kick placed near to the corner flag on the right side, but his direct shot was tipped over the bar by Nick Hayes.
First real chance for the Moors came at the half an hour mark, Jay Benn’s cross from the right side was met but striker Mark Beck but his header couldn’t find the equaliser.
The Moors found the equaliser with 10 minutes to go with former Magpie Josh Kelly, as a loose ball in the box came to Alex Whitmore who had the time to lift it into the danger area finding Josh Kelly who was able to equalise for his side find the bottom corner.
The away side nearly took the lead straight after the equaliser with Joe Sbarra who was played in behind the defence, but his low effort was saved by Craig Ross.
HALF TIME – Maidenhead 1-1 Solihull Moors
The second half began with a penalty shout from the Magpies after Jayden Mitchell-Lawson found himself on the floor, but the referee saw nothing of it, during all this going on Tobi Sho-Silva picked up a loose ball in the box and had an effort on target saved.
After an uneventful second half the Magpies found the lead with a great strike from Sam Barratt with 20 minutes to go, a long ball forward from Craig Ross was brought down by the Moors defence which fell to Sam Barratt who had a brilliant effort from outside of the box finding the bottom right corner putting his team in front.
Maidenhead nearly extended their lead with Tobi Sho-Silva, after a darting run into the right side of the box by Jayden Mitchell-Lawson he lifted the ball towards the 6-yard box where Sho-Silva was waiting but his header went out just above the crossbar.
The Moors nearly found the equaliser with not long left in the game; a free kick swung in from the right side was met by Mark Beck, but his header was steered just wide of the post by Craig Ross.
The away side very nearly equalised with Jamey Osborne, as he found himself in space in the box and tried to bend one into the top corner, but his effort was cleared of the line by Sam Beckwith.
Nothing much more came towards the end of the game and the Magpies were able to hold onto all 3 points.
FULL TIME – Maidenhead United 2-1 Solihull Moors
Maidenhead United – Craig Ross, Zico Asare (Alan Massey 90’), Sam Beckwith, Kevin Lokko, Remy Clerima, Casey Pettit, Kane Ferdinand, Ashley Nathaniel-George (Reece Smith 85’), Sam Barratt, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson, Tobi Sho-Silva (Shawn McCoulsky 80’)
Solihull Moors – Nick Hayes, James Clarke, Jamey Osborne, Kyle Morrison, Joe Sbarra (Matt Warburton 68’), Callum Maycock (Jack Stevens 76’), Mark Beck, Josh Kelly (Tyler Bruck 79’), Jon Benton, Jay Benn, Alex Whitmore
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