Solihull Moors 1 Nuneaton Town 0
Tuesday 30th July 2013 (Friendly)
Match report courtesy of Solihull Moors;
Solihull Moors edged out a narrow victory over Nuneaton Town as striker Gary Birch scored the only goal at the Autotech Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Birch’s second half header was enough to keep Solihull’s impressive pre-season form going, but had keeper Jasbir Singh to thank for keeping Nuneaton at bay.
Solihull’s number one made a string of impressive saves, two from point-blank range, to ensure four clean sheets in as many matches.
Nuneaton, who ply their trade in the Conference Premier, one division above the Moors, created the first opening when Daniel Sleath’s shot was grasped well by Singh.
Moors only opportunity of the first half came after 22 minutes when Omar Bogle advanced into the box, controlled the ball on his chest but dragged his shot wide of the post.
Soon after, Singh was forced to make the first of many impressive saves.
An in-swinging corner found the head of former Stoke City striker Louis Moult, however the keeper showed great reactions to tip it over.
Just before half time and Singh had to make an almost identical save this time from Greg Pearson to keep the side’s level going into the interval.
After Moult had headed wide from a Nuneaton free-kick, Solihull found themselves ahead.
The ball broke to midfielder Peter Till who supplied a pin-point cross to the far post where Birch was on hand to head the ball in off the post and into the corner of the net.
Two minutes later and Moors should have doubled their advantage. Bogle’s shot just inside the area was parried by keeper James Belshaw into the path of Jay Denny who somehow managed to miss the target when it looked easier to score.
Straight from that attack, Nuneaton pushed forward and were unlucky not to have drawn level after a flurry of chances.
An Adam Walker chip looked to have found the bottom corner before the alert Sampson Joseph was on hand to hook the ball clear off the line. A rare error by Singh was nearly seized upon by Moult when his skewed clearance found the striker only to see his shot acrobatically tipped over.
Walker must be wondering how he hadn’t scored when, again, his header was cleared off the line this time by Denny.
Nuneaton looked dangerous for the majority of the last 20 minutes, however failed to get past a resolute Moors defence.
At the death, Singh made another glorious save, tipping Walker’s curling effort onto the crossbar just as it looked as though the Moors keeper had finally been beaten.