Brackley Town unbeaten start to 2015 in Vanarama Conference North was ended on Saturday as Solihull Moors edged a tight game of few chances that hinged on two key moments.
On 50 seconds David Moyo ran clear of the last defender only to see Tony Breeden block his shot and after a goal-less first hour Moors’ Omar Bogle struck his free-kick sweetly giving Billy Turley no chance as the home side took the narrowest of leads that they held through to full-time and to the end of five minutes’ added time.
Few games can have created such an absorbing contest and yet one of so few memorable moments as these two evenly matched sides fought toe to toe on an afternoon when both keepers were rarely tested.
Breeden’s fingers were stung by Eddie Odhiambo’s fierce effort on 17 minutes and both Bogle and Ryan Beswick fired just too wide or too high to trouble Turley in the only moments of real goal threat at either end. Otherwise the game was a stalemate as the teams cancelled each other out rather than the spectacle envisaged in the pre-match build-up bringing so many exciting strikers from both teams together on the same pitch.
Saints’ Michael Built made an impact from the bench and Greg Kaziboni was always a threat while Bogle lurked menacingly. Saints’ defenders denied Moors’ usually potent strike force any sight on goal and former striker Stefan Moore made little headway before giving way to another experienced striker Darren Byfield.