Solihull Defeat All But Seals Lions Fate

Barring five victories and scoring thirty odd goals without reply in the process from their remaining five games, together with Woking losing their last game of the season at home to play-off chasing Dover Athletic, todays defeat at one time fellow strugglers Solihull Moors has effectively ended the Lions three season stay in the top tier of non-league.

Needing nothing short of a win, the visitors got off to the worst possible start when the hosts opened the scoring after just six minutes when a long throw by George Carline was diverted into his own net by Ben Frempah.

The home side soon doubled their lead through Jamey Osbourne’s deflected effort after Kwame Thomas set him free on 19 minutes.

Guiseley halved the deficit four minutes after the restart when Dayle Southwell dusted himself off after being fouled by Carline to send Max O’Leary the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Any hopes of a Guiseley comeback were extinguished on the hour as Fiarce Kelleger glanced home Darren Carter’s cross to restore the Moor’s two goal advantage.
Despite today’s reverse the Lions could still have an impact on the relegation battle as they still have to play three of the four teams who are involved in the scramble to retain their National League status.

Barrow’s visit to Nethermoor on Tuesday being the first of these followed by Woking at home on Saturday 21st and then the long trip to Torquay on Tuesday 24th April.

In between times Dagenham and Redbridge visit Nethermoor next Thursday before the Lions conclude their programme at Boreham Wood on Saturday 28th April.

13 Green
2 Frempah (McFadzean 60)
5 Palmer
42 Nirennold
40 Flowers
34 Holden
17 Purver (Wesolowski 78)
8 Hatfield
12 Southwell
19 Odejayi (Hurst 67)
35 Liburd
1 Coddington
4 Wesolowski
7 Hurst
15 McFadzean
39 Roberts