Cards seek better fortune on the road
8:55pm, Sun 7th Aug 2016
Solihull Moors v Woking
Vanarama National League
7.45pm on Tuesday 9 August 2016
The Cards travel to newly-promoted Solihull Moors on Tuesday evening for their first away fixture of the season following their 3-1 home defeat by Lincoln City on Saturday. The Moors will be in good heart following their away win at Sutton United, so Garry Hillâ€™s side can expect another tough test but will be keen to avoid a second successive defeat.
The Cardsâ€™ new-look side found it hard going on Saturday against an experienced and efficient Lincoln City side, who look as though they have the right ingredients for a play-off challenge this season. There was no lack of effort from the Cards but too many seemed to find it difficult to really get into the game and make an impact, while some poor defending undid the team just when they appeared to be getting a foothold in the game, having equalised immediately after half-time.
If Delano Sam-Yorke has recovered from his injury, Garry will no doubt be tempted to start him up front to provide some muscular support for Gozie Ugwu.
The Moors are the result of a merger in 2007 between Solihull Borough and Moor Green. The club plays at Damson Parkway, which is about a mile north of Solihull town centre.
The Moors came up to the National League as champions of the Conference North last season. Manager Marcus Bignot retained a substantial number of his squad from that campaign. The best known are perhaps Andy Brown, an experienced striker who netted 100 goals for AFC Telford and Nuneaton Town before his move to the Moors last summer, and Stefan Moore, who played for Aston Villa in the Premiership and whose non-League career includes a stint at Kidderminster Harriers. Additions include Harry White, a 21 year-old striker from Barnsley who had loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers and Boreham Wood last season; Jamey Osborne, a highly-rated 23 year-old midfielder from Redditch United; Nathan Vaughan, an experienced keeper from Worcester City; Omari Sterling-James, a midfielder with recent experience at Cheltenham Town; Jordan Fagbola, a defender with Stockport County; and Shepherd Murombedzi, a midfielder who has appeared most recently for Torquay United and Hayes and Yeading.
The Moors had a tough pre-season campaign, being on the end of heavy defeats by Shrewsbury Town (0-4) and Walsall (0-5) but drew 3-3 at home with Kidderminster Harriers in their last friendly.
On Saturday, however, they had the perfect start to the campaign, beating last yearâ€™s Southern champions, Sutton United, 3-1 away from home. Although under the cosh for most of the first half, they took the lead through Ryan Beswick. Sutton quickly equalised but the Moors then sealed all three points in the second half with strikes from Omari Sterling-James and Andy Brown.
Solihull Moors FC
The Automated Technology Group Stadium
B91 2PP (Satnav B92 9EJ)
The Cards Trustâ€™s coach leaves the Laithwaite Community Stadium at 4pm. Book your place on the coach by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com , phoning 01483 772470 or calling in at the Club Shop. The coach costs Â£21 for members, Â£26 for non-members and Â£11/Â£13 for accompanied U16s (maximum of two per accompanying adult).
Directions on Solihull Moorsâ€™ website include:
From The South and West
Leave M42 at junction 5.
Take first exit at the roundabout towards Solihull, A41,
Stay on the by-pass (dual carriageway) until you reach two sets of traffic lights close together.
Turn right at the second set of traffic lights onto Yew Tree Lane which leads onto Damson Parkway.
Go past BUPA Spires Parkway Hospital on your left and follow Damson Parkway for just over 1 mile to the roundabout at the Jaguar Land Rover Works.
Turn right at the roundabout and the ground entrance is 100 yards on your left.
The following advice is given about car parking:
We have a limited number of car parking spaces on site, including disabled spaces.
A car park charge of Â£2.00 per car applies on all match days and is applied after 1.00pm on Saturday/Bank Holiday fixtures and after 6.00pm on weekday/evening fixtures.
Once the car park is full then we close the gates and, on Police advice, local street parking is NOT recommended, so supporters are advised to use the NCP car parks located less than 1 mile from the ground at the Birmingham Cargo Airport Terminal and the Travelodge Hotel (next to the cargo airport terminal).
There is a footpath which runs from the car parks to the ground or, alternatively, the 966 bus runs from adjacent to the car parks to just past the ground entrance.
Both Solihull Station and Birmingham International Station are within three miles of the ground but it would not be possible to do the return journey the same day.
The 966 bus service runs directly from/to Birmingham International Station.
Solihull Station is located just half a mile from Solihull Town centre, where you can take the 966 or S1 service and alight at the bus stop at the junction of Damson Lane and Damson Parkway, next to the Jaguar Land Rover works entrance.
The ground is 100 yards from the bus stop.
Adults (18+ years of age): Â£14.00
Concessions (65+ years, Students with a valid NUS card, and 16-17 years of age): Â£8.00
Juniors (12 to 15 years of age inclusive): Â£8.00
Under 12's: FREE (when accompanied by a paying adult)
The Cards travel to Southport on Saturday 13 September. (The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this match.)
The Cardsâ€™ next home game is on Tuesday 16 September when they take on last yearâ€™s defeated play-off finalists, Forest Green Rovers.
Come on, you Cards!