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1 October 2021

Solihull Moors vs Southend United...


With two weeks of rest in their legs, Southend United take to the Stadium field on Saturday afternoon in a bid to arrest their run of three straight defeats, but the Blues will have to overcome Solihull Moors who stand in their way.

It has been a baptism of fire for Phil Brown's side in their debut season in the fifth tier. They had a point snatched away from their grasp last time out, as Connor Lemonheigh-Evans netted a late winner for Torquay United, condemning Blues to their fourth defeat of the season.

They have had time to recuperate with a two-week break and will be searching for their first win since opening day, as they clash with The Moors for the first time in the club's history.

The Opposition:

Moor Green and Solihull Borough merged to form Solihull Moors in 2007, the product is now a club desperately fighting its way out of the non-league scene of which it has remained since the formation.

The Moors came closest to escaping the National League in the 18/19 season, they finished second, just three points off Leyton Orient before being beaten by AFC Fylde in the play-off semi-final.

Solihull oversaw a turnover of management staff before the commencement of the 21/22 campaign, as they appointed the vastly experienced Neal Ardley in their bid to reach the EFL for the first time in their history.

The former AFC Wimbledon boss has taken charge of over 400 matches in his managerial career so far, a competent custodian in the dugout.


Blues have been stuck in a rut as of late, picking up just two points from their last possible 18.

Not since the first day of the 21/22 campaign have they tasted victory, that came against King’s Lynn Town.

But now Brown’s men find themselves within a three-match losing run, as FC Halifax Town, Aldershot Town and most recently Torquay all reigned victorious in what turned out to be a tough week for Southend.

This weekend’s opposition made a fast start to the season, achieving three victories and two draws from their opening six matches.

However, Ardley’s side have stumbled in their last two outings, especially their most recent as they crashed to a thumping 5-1 defeat at the hands of Dagenham and Redbridge.  

From The Boss:

"I always want games coming thick and fast, I always want to be prepared for a game at the weekend and when you haven’t got that game, I would’ve said I didn’t want that." said Phil Brown

"But I’m glad it [the break] came as it took a bit of the spotlight off of us being in the lower reaches to a certain extent and it seems to have relaxed the players somewhat, when it comes to Saturday at three o’clock and the whistle goes the pressure is back on; we have to learn to deal with that as a group, as individuals and as a manager.

"In the first week [of the past two weeks], we had a real tough week, as tough as pre-season just to make life a little more uncomfortable to a certain extent, then a couple of days rest before looking at the preparation for Solihull Moors.

"But not just for Solihull Moors, it’s a massive week for us just to make sure that we get enough points on the board from the three games to hang on the shirt tails of everybody that started well, it’s a big game on Saturday and then two back-to-back home games."

Blues’ Team News:

Blues’ new signing Benji Kimpioka is available for selection for the clash in the West Midlands after completing a month-long loan deal on Thursday.

Charlie Sayers may come into the reckoning for Saturday, as Nathan Ralph sits out through suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card against Torquay two weeks ago.

Apart from Tom Clifford’s long term lay-off, there are no injury concerns facing the Blues as they head to Solihull.

Ref Watch:

Tom Bishop will be the man in the middle at the Stadium on Saturday.

He has taken charge of five National League games so far this season, brandishing 26 yellow cards in that time, whilst issuing two reds.

Bishop officiated at the Stadium just over a month ago, as The Moors played out a 1-1 draw with Barnet.

He will be assisted by Danny Guest and Daniel Jarvis, with Liam Corbett as fourth official.

Elsewhere in the National League:

Aldershot v Wrexham

Barnet v FC Halifax

Dagenham and Redbridge v Altrincham

Grimsby Town v Dover Athletic

Maidenhead United v King’s Lynn Town

Notts County v Woking

Torquay United v Wealdstone

Weymouth v Stockport County

Eastleigh v Boreham Wood


Tickets will not be available on the day and come off sale at 2pm from the Blues Box Office.

Collections will be from the Box Office at the front of the Stadium.

Just over 500 tickets have been sold.

How to Follow:

Blues fans not making the trip to the Stadium on Saturday will still be able to follow all the live action by subscribing to Blues TV where you’ll get live match commentary from the BBC Essex team from all first-team matches this season.

Blues TV costs £4.49 per month or a one-off cost of £45 for the season, with your subscription not only giving you match commentary, but also exclusive access to extended match highlights, full pre-match press conferences, interviews, features and more.

You can also follow live minute-by-minute updates on social media via the Club’s official Twitter account by following @SUFCRootsHall on Twitter, which will ensure you get all the latest news and more throughout the 2021/22 season.

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Match Reports


2 October 2021

Southend United slumped to their fourth consecutive defeat this afternoon, as Solihull Moors ran out 2-0 victors at a rainy Stadium.

Five changes to the starting line-up didn’t alter the fortunes of Phil Brown’s side, as Shaun Hobson bundled a cross into his own net on the 29th minute, before James Ball netted a spot kick nine minutes after half-time in an ultimately gruelling afternoon in the West Midlands.

The weather somewhat foreshadowed the opening affairs of the match, a drab exchange with neither side managing to get a grip on the game and force a real chance.

The first corner of the match came in the 11th minute, it sparked Steve Arnold into his first bit of action of the afternoon, routinely tipping over a looping header by Callum Howe. 

Eight minutes later, debutant Charlie Sayers tried his luck from distance, however his effort did little to trouble Ryan Boot.

As the first half progressed, The Moors began to hold a firmer grip on the game, they were rewarded for their strong start on 29 minutes as a Joe Sbarra cross was converted into the Southend goal by Blues defender Hobson.

Sbarra got in behind the Shrimpers back line, played a simple yet effective ball into the wake of Danny Newton, but in last ditch desperation Hobson turned the cross into his own net to give the home side the lead.

Five minutes later, the visitors came close to levelling the game, Louis Walsh worked his way from the right flank into the penalty area, but his low shot was smartly saved by the legs of Boot.

With the half-time interval looming, Andrew Dallas nearly sent his side into the break with their lead doubled, he hit an audacious volley from 25 yards whilst falling but his effort went wide.

The Moors had to settle for their one goal lead going into half-time.

Brown sent his back onto the field of play early following the interval, but it was the hosts who were first to threaten in the second half; Jordan Cranston thumped a wide free kick at Arnold, who punched the effort onto the crossbar in the 49th minute.

The home side looked accomplished in their work, as a result their second goal was inevitable, and it came in the 54th minute through a spot kick by Moors midfielder Ball.

Jason Demetriou’s attempted clearance was unsuccessful, as he went for a second attempt, he brought down Danny Newton, giving Tom Bishop no option but to point to the spot.

Ball hammered his penalty down the middle to double the hosts’ lead.

It was the Moors who continued to be the more dangerous, nine minutes later Sbarra once again worked himself goal side, but his effort was flashed narrowly wide.

A bleak afternoon for the Blues looked to be getting bleaker when Newton was teed up just yards from goal in the 70th minute, but his effort was cleared off the line by Josh Coulson.

The away side attempted to force an opening in the latter stages of the match but couldn’t make a meaningful dent in the resilient hosts’ defence, Nathan Ferguson whipped a dangerous ball in but it came to no avail.

The weather set the tone for another miserable afternoon for Southend, they were inches from conceding a third when substitute Jamey Osborne sent a screaming effort against the right post in the fourth minute of added time in the last of the afternoon’s action, a comfortable victory for Neil Ardley’s side.

Southend United XI: Arnold, Ogogo, Hobson, Coulson, Bridge, Dunne, Murphy (Dalby 53’), Walsh (Ferguson 75’), Sayers, Demetriou, Kimpioka (Dennis 68’).

Solihull Moors XI: Boot, Cranston, Howe, Gudger, Sbarra, Maycock, Donawa, Ball (Williams 90+3), Dallas (Hudlin 79’), Newton (Osborne 88’), Maynard.

Referee: Tom Bishop

Assistants: Danny Guest and Daniel Jarvis

Fourth Official: Liam Corbett


Solihull Moors: Hobson OG (29’) Ball (54’)

Southend United:

Yellow Cards:

Solihull Moors: Maycock (13’) Cranston (33’) Ball (61’)

Southend United: Sayers (21’) Walsh (62’) Coulson (73’)

Attendance: 1527 (513 away)

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Ticket News


1 October 2021

Ticket information for Southend United’s away game against Solihull Moors on Saturday 2nd October (3pm).

Tickets are being sold through the Blues Box Office and are now on general sale.

They will come off sale at 2pm on Friday afternoon.

We have currently sold 500 tickets.

Supporters are advised that tickets will not be on sale on the day.

Collections will be from the Box Office at the front of the Stadium.

Solihull Moors Ticket Prices

Adults - £15.00

Concessions (65+ & 18-24) - £12.50

Under 18’s - £10.00

Under 12’s – Free with a full paying Adult

How To Buy

Tickets will be available on the phone (0344 477 0077), in person and online, however Under 12’s tickets will not be available online. These will only be available on the phone or in person at the Ticket Office during opening hours (9.30am-5pm).

Away Ticket Points Breakdown

220 points = Season Card Holder, Wealdstone, Halifax Town, Torquay United

170 points = Season Card Holder, Wealdstone, Halifax Town

120 points = Season Card Holder, Wealdstone

100 points = Season Card Holder

This detailed guide shows how to check Away Priority Points.

Supporters must email with their proof of purchase for the points to be added to their account.

Coach Travel Information 

Click here for travel information for the Solihull match.

Click here for the Shrimpers Trust Away Travel Terms and Conditions.

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