MARCUS Bignot and his Solihull Moors team will open their pre-season campaign with a friendly against Kidderminster Harriers at home on Tuesday, July 8 at 7pm.
Whoever Kidderminster decide upon in goal will be no stranger to Damson Park as their regular shot-stopper is Daniel Lewis, who played for Moor Green in their last season before the merger with Solihull Borough.
Lewis has now been joined by Jas Singh, who has left Moors after four years with the club.
Bignot’s team then entertain both newcomers to the Conference South from the Southern League – play-off winners St Albans City and runaway winners Hemel Hempstead Town.
It will be the Saints’ first ever game at the Autotech and Hemel’s first visit since 2006, when they and Solihull Borough were both in the Southern League.
Moors take on Hemel on Saturday, July 12 at 3pm and St Albans visit on Tuesday, July 15 at 7.45pm.
Both Rushall and Stourbridge were close to promotion last season, with Stourbridge now playing in the Northern Premier for geographical reasons, and Moors know from experience that any team from that division will give the team a stern test.
The club travel to Rushall on Saturday, July 26 for a 3pm kick-off and visit Stourbridge on Tuesday, July 29 at 7.45pm.
SOLIHULL Moors Girls teams have been in summer action with unprecedented success, winning four competitions between U9s to the U11s age groups in two tournaments, cementing a wonderful first season for the club’s new youth structure.
In particular, the U11s, who finished sixth in the league, triumphed in the annual Marston Green FC tournament.
All four group games were tough, but despite a loss against Kingshurst A the girls bagged a draw against Marston Green and back to back victories against Kingshurst B and Leafield saw the girls finish second.
In the semi-finals a comfortable and avenging 3-0 win against Kingshurst A set up the final against Leafield.
It was a hard fought battle as both teams attacked from the first whistle in a thrilling encounter. With only three minutes remaining and nothing between them, extra time was looming when Moors scored a well worked goal from close range.
In the last minute they sealed victory with a great demonstration of pass and move football, followed by a powerful strike into the net.
The girls’ spirit and dogged determination got them over the line and ended a three-year wait for their first trophy.