Our summer study of Pools' opponents in the 2017/18 National League continues and today we're off to the West Midlands.
Nickname: The Moors
Colours: Yellow & Blue/Blue/Yellow & Blue
Who’s in charge?
Liam McDonald arrived as the new boss at Solihull Moors in November, succeeding Marcus Bignot who had left the club to take charge at Grimsby Town.
McDonald left his role as Manager of Hednesford Town whom he had led to fourth place in the Northern Premier League Premier Division after taking over last May.
Providing support to McDonald is former Sunderland front man Keith Bertschin who was appointed as Head Coach of The Moors, while he also brought with him from Hednesford Assistant Manager Nick Green and coach David Bridgwater.
How did they get on last season?
After winning Conference North in 2015/16, last term was always going to be about consolidation for Solihull Moors and they will have been satisfied with how it unfolded.
In the end, they finished 16th in their debut season in the National League and also made it through to the Second Round of the FA Cup, knocking out Forest Green and Yeovil Town before falling to Luton Town.
They will hope they can build on that when things kick-off again in August and continue the progress that has seen The Moors come a long way since they were formed following the merger between Moor Green and Solihull Borough in 2007.
When did we last meet?
Solihull Moors are another of the sides who will be new to Pools this season, as the two clubs have never before met in competitive action.
Where do they play?
Solihull Moors play their home games at Damson Park, the venue they moved to in 2007 following the merger. The stadium, which has a capacity of just over 3,000, is also used by Birmingham City’s Reserves and Ladies Team.
When do we play them?
Pools will make the trip to Solihull Moors on Saturday 7th October before welcoming the Midlands outfit back to Victoria Park on Saturday 7th April 2018.
We get some insight about Solihull Moors from NonLeagueDaily.com man Mark Carruthers…
“Firstly, I will say that I think the Moors performed very well by finishing in 16th in the National League last season and they recovered well from losing manager Marcus Bignot to Grimsby Town in November.
“The appointment of Liam McDonald proved to be a shrewd one and he took to life in non-league’s top tier very well.
“This season won’t be an easy one for the Moors but they have made several eye-catching signings from lower down the non-league pyramid.
“The one that excites me is the signing of Stourbridge striker Luke Benbow. Having witnessed his ability at first hand, I can say they are getting a powerful, hardworking striker that knows where the goal is. He is capable of scoring goals from anywhere and if he can make the step up from the Evo-Stik League, he will go a long way to helping secure the club’s National League status.
“The addition of former Birmingham City and West Brom midfielder Darren Carter could prove to be a masterstroke by McDonald. His experience in the middle of the park will be key if the Moors are to improve on last season’s performance.
“That said, I still think they could be in for a difficult season and could be in and around the relegation battle come the end of the season.”
How To Get There
Postcode: B92 9EJ
By Road: Leave the M42 at Junction 6 and take the A45 towards Birmingham. After about two miles, you will come to a major set of traffic lights with a Holiday Inn on the right. Turn left at the lights into Damson Parkway. Go onto the roundabout and come back on yourself. The entrance is a short distance away on the left.
By Train: Solihull Railway Station is served by trains from Birmingham Moor Street and London Marylebone. The ground is around one and a half miles away from the station. There is a half hourly bus service. The 966 bus goes from station road bus stop which is opposite John Lewis. However with the bus make sure that you ask the driver to drop you off at Rover Works entrance at the Damson Parkway roundabout.