Boreham Wood 0-0 Solihull Moors
Vanarama National League
Match report by John Clothier
FOOTBALL: THE SECOND ever meeting between Solihull Moors and Boreham Wood ended in a goalless stalemate which leaves Liam McDonald’s side six points away from the National League relegation zone.
A pitch inspection 90 minutes before the scheduled start gave the all clear for the match to go ahead on what was a bitterly cold day at Meadow Park where the surface made it difficult for both teams to play football.
There were starts for new boys Nathan Baxter and Kristian Green while Ashley Sammons was on the bench and it was Moors who dominated the early stages.
Omari Sterling-James saw his effort deflected away for a corner which skipper Liam Daly headed across goal but neither the waiting Kettle nor White could capitalise.
On 13 minutes Daly flicked on Sterling-James’ long free kick but Harry White volleyed straight at keeper Smith as the visitors pushed for an opener.
The first chance of the match for the hosts fell to Ilesanmi mid-way through the first half but he dragged the ball across the face of the goal. Almost immediately Ferrier got on the end of Jeffrey’s cross but headed over.
Moors were soon back on the front foot as Sterling-James put Shep Murombedzi away and his dangerous cross found George Carline but the shot was blocked at point blank range by Nunn when a goal looked certain.
Davis’ free kick cleared the bar while the hosts’ first shot on target came three minutes before the interval but debutant Baxter was well placed as Ferrier cut in from the right before unleashing a shot from the edge of the box.
There was still time for Sterling-James to hit a 20 yarder the wrong side of the post while George Carline’s poke was blocked on the line by Devera.
The visitors immediately took the game to their hosts as play resumed with Harry White seeing his six-yard shot blocked by the keeper and Sterling-James hit an effort into the side-netting.
White had another chance after a one-two with Sterling-James but was fractionally wide from 18 yards before on 54 minutes Murombedzi collected Byrne’s pass before shooting across the face of goal.
The introduction of Tom Hitchcock allowed Boreham to pick up their game. Ferrier curled a shot wide while Jeffrey should have done better when he fired wide from six yards out.
A triple change saw Rodgers, Nortey and Sammons all introduced but it was Boreham who looked the more likely of the two teams to score.
Simeon Maye made a brave but vital block to deny a goal-bound effort and three minutes from time Balanta was presented with a one-on-one with Baxter but the young keeper on loan from Chelsea closed the angle well before parrying the shot wide.
A point keeps Moors in 16th position and McDonald must now prepare his side for the visit of Maidstone United to the Automated Technology Group Stadium this Saturday.
Team: Baxter, Murombedzi (Nortey), Daly (c), Kettle, Flanagan, Byrne, Green, Maye, White (Rodgers), Sterling-James (Sammons), Carline
Subs not used – Lewis, Mwanyongo