We’ve only welcomed Solihull Moors to The Racecourse three times, but already there have been some eventful clashes between us.
Their first game in North Wales was an FA Trophy second round tie in December 2012, which you could argue was the closest we came to defeat before our victory over Grimsby in the final the following March.
Solihull Moors were the only side to take the lead against us on the road to Wembley, and they did it twice. Shaken by the early loss of Rob Ogleby to a nasty head injury, we fell behind in the 38th minute, but Bret Ormerod equalised just before the break.
The visitors went 2-1 up 13 minutes into the second half but we struck back quickly. Adrian Cieslewicz equalised almost immediately, and seven minutes after going behind, Dean Keates scored the penalty which secured a 3-2 win.
Their first league visit to The Racecourse was a dull affair which sprang into life in the first minute of added time when Mark Carrington slid in to score the only goal of the game.
We also won 1-0 at home to Solihull Moors in the league last season, but the goal was a far cry from the scrappy affair which we scored a year earlier. Paul Rutherford’s superb lob, his first goal at The Racecourse, clinched victory, although we were forced to hold on against a determined side which were putting some good results together after a poor start to the season.
Here’s my column from last week’s Leader. It forms part of the paper’s comprehensive pre-match coverage every Friday, featuring interviews, an in-depth look at the opposition and lots of statistical analysis. All content in the column (c) www.leaderlive.co.uk.