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Solihull Moors 0-2 Chorley (23/04/2016)

SOLIHULL MOORS
Saturday April 23rd 3pm
League

Chorley's last away game of the season saw Matt Jansen's side travel to league champions Solihull Moors. The Moors secured the title without playing over a week ago, and received the Vanarama North trophy at Damson Park writes Elliott Walsh.

The travelling Magpies gave their hosts a guard of honour in a mark of respect for the Birmingham based side, but turned out victors by two goals. 

Solihull signalled a sign of their intent in the game early on as they seeked use Theo Streete's long throw ins. Darryl Knights latching onto an early attempt but he could on fire over the goal. 

Andy Teague probably surprised himself at the amount of room he discovered in the Solihull area. He controlled Whitham's corner but couldn't make a clean contact on the ball and saw his shot trickle wide. 

A change in ploy from the Solihull throw ins saw Michael Nottingham because the target for Streete's missiles, with the tall midfielder heading over on three occasions. 

Andy Brown beat the offside trap and looked to have a golden chance to hand his side the lead. Some good recovering defending from Chorley forced him to pass to Asante who struck just wide. 

Brown would be to have a chance of his own as he bore down on Ashton's goal. The former FC United stopper making himself big enough to deny the Moor's striker. 

Solihull nearly took the lead at the end of the first half through Asante. He found himself on the end of Byrne's cross from the left. The cross was perfect but Asante couldn't keep the shot from range down and it hit the cross bar. 

Darryl Knights could have perhaps given his side the lead with a free header in the second half, but he found Ashton's hands. 

It took until the second half for Chorley to get themselves into the game, but Jake Cottrell produced an excellent save from Danny Lewis. Andy Teague dummied the ball before Cottrell drilled the ball, only for Lewis to deny it on course to the top corner. From the resulting set piece Teague once again found the ball at his feet but his left foot shot was just wide. 

The Magpies change in formation to a 5-3-2 appeared to open the game up with both sides having chances. Michael Nottingham nearly found himself lucky as the ball came to him in the area but he was unable to keep his striker under the bar. 

Meppen-Walter dropped to centre back and his long ball found Stephenson who finally got the beating of Dean. His low shot was very well dealt with by Danny Lewis. 

Stephenson again had a chance as he pounced on Moore's poor back pass. He had Connerton to his right but couldn't find the right ball and the ball went out harmlessly. 

But it was a case of third time lucky for Darren. He was played through by Whitham, beating Dean for pace and strength and calmly slotted past Lewis in this occasion. 

And Dale Whitham added a second as Stephenson turned provider. Cutting in from the left before laying back to Whitham whose first time strike was in off the post from 20 yards. 

Solihull's Stefan Moore shot on the turn but he could not beat Ashton from the edge of the area. 

Starting XI: Sam Ashton, Mark Ross, Will Beesley, Andy Teague, Keiran Charnock, Courtney Meppen-Walter, Paul Jarvis, Dale Whitham, Micah Evans, Darren Stepehnson, Jake Cottrell

Subs: Adam Roscoe, Jack Lynch (Whitham), Jordan Connerton (Evans), Jack Dorney (Beesley), Jack Cookson

Att: 951

Goals: DARREN STEPHENSON (77), DALE WHITHAM (85)

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