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Pools Lose Out To Solihull Moors

6 April 2019

Pools v Solihull Moors Mark Fletcher, Shutter Press
Scott Loach makes a save against Solihull Moors

Pools lost out 1-0 to promotion-chasing Solihull Moors at The Super 6 Stadium this afternoon.

The visitors completely dominated the first half but Pools held firm and went into the second half at 0-0 but Tim Flowers' men grabbed a goal mid-way through a more even second half and held firm for the win.

Scott Loach took centre stage for Pools in the first half as the keeper was by far the busiest man on the pitch, and the home stopper more than stood up to the test.

Solihull dominated the opening half, making their aerial dominance count and pinning Pools back for the majority of the first 45.

With six minutes on the clock, George Carline sent an effort in at goal that saw Loach out at full stretch to tip it high over the bar.

The lively Jamey Osborne was next up as he tried his luck from the edge of the box but his effort took a deflection off Ryan Donaldson and went wide.

The corner the followed found Tyrone Williams guide a powerful header towards goal but again Loach was there as he pulled off another great stop to deny the goal.

Just ten minutes later and the Pools keeper was back in action, this time pulling off two impressive reaction saves to deny Nathan Blissett first with a header and then from the rebound.

The visitors continued to press Hignett’s side, who struggled to get out of their own half for much of the first period.

And Loach pulled off perhaps the best of his first-half saves just before the 30-minute mark as he reacted quickly to palm wide a header from Danny Wright.

The first and only real chance of the half for Pools fell to Nicke Kabamba on 33 minutes; a decent cross in from Luke James picked out the big striker in the middle but Kabamba was denied the goal by Ryan Boot who pulled off a strong save to hold the effort.

And so the teams went in to the second half all square, with Pools largely having the impressive form of Loach to thank for that.

Pools looked brighter in the early second half action; Luke Molyneux broke down the right to play in Peter Kioso who was overlapping. His cross into the box was blocked out to Liam Noble on the edge of the box but his thunderous strike was deflected wide for a corner.

Luke James created an opening down the left with typical determination against Williams, before the Pools man forced his way into the box to send a shot on goal which won another corner for his side.

As Pools looked a much different proposition in the second half, Luke Molyneux beat his man to get in and shoot on goal, which he dragged just wide of the post.

Although Pools looked more of a threat, it was Solihull Moors who took the lead just before the hour as a slip from Loach allowed Adi Yussuf to prod home from close range to make it 1-0.

As has become the expected from Hignett’s side, they responded positively to going behind and continued to plug away at the other end as Ryan Donaldson fired in a shot that called Boot back into action to save.

Molyneux got forward to send a shot well wide of target, while Blissett did the same at the other end as both sides looked to get the next goal.

It was a more even second half in terms of possession but Solihull Moors took the advantage that counts as Yussuf’s only goal of the game proved enough to take the three points.

Full Time: Pools 0 Solihull Moors 1

Attendance: 2981 (72 Solihull Moors)

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Anderson (Kitching 72), Noble (Holohan 81), Featherstone, Donaldson, Molyneux, Kabamba, James.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Muir.

Solihull Moors: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer, Gudger, Osborne (Maxwell 87), Carter, Yussuf (Sbarra 82), Carline, Blissett, Wright (Hylton 73).
Subs Not Used: Stenson, Hawkridge.

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