Solihull Moors boss Tim Flowers was pleased with his side’s winning start to their pre-season campaign, as the Moors ran out 3-0 winners at Southern Premier League Central side Tamworth last night, but admitted there’s still plenty to work on ahead of the new season.
Flowers felt his side were very effective in the first-half and was overall pleased with the performance and the clean sheet, especially as he saw the game as more of a fitness exercise. However, the Moors boss admitted there are still things to work on and he hopes the Moors can be more effective from set-pieces.
“I thought that in the first half, we looked to turn them round – we were fairly effective at that.” Flowers told the club’s official website.
“We got in two or three times, worked Jaz Singh on a number of occasions and probably had eight or nine attempts on goal.
“I don’t remember Ryan Boot having to make a save. We looked fairly steady.
“I haven’t really scratched the surface yet with anything set-piece-wise. They were poor today, but we haven’t even had a look at them yet.
“It was more of a fitness exercise for us today and a little look at some shape and some patterns. Some of which worked and some we need to do more of.
“In the second half, both teams made some changes and that tends to break the game up a little bit. It became a little bit end-to-end and one or two were looking a bit leggy.
“They’ve had 10 fairly intense days of training on a rock hard pitch which isn’t ideal. Liam Daly’s had a bit of a tight thigh and Adi Yussuf has had a tight calf – they were rested.
“All in all it’s a good result, a clean sheet but still plenty to do.”
New signing Danny Wright managed to score the Moors’ opener at the Lamb, getting on the scoresheet alongside Kwame Thomas and Jamey Osborne. Wright was one of four new signings to play in the fixture, with Alex Gudger, Luke Maxwell and Ryan Boot also featuring.
“I thought they did well.” Flowers said regarding his new signing’s performances.
“Wrighty got his goal which is great – all strikers want to get off the mark and he has done. Kwame as well, got off the mark.
“Gudger looked steady at the back, he’s a decent all round player. He can handle the ball, he’s aggressive and he’s got decent pace.
“There will be big shoes to fill as Fiacre Kelleher did well for us (last season). We identified Gudger as a very good prospect so I thought he did well.
“We’ve got plenty of games to come and we’ll obviously improve.”
Flowers has said that he is pleased with how his squad is shaping up, but admitted that he is looking to press on and bring a couple of new faces into the club.
Solihull Moors did feature a few trialists in the game, one of which, a left-back, played the full 90 minutes.
“Everybody knows we’re looking for a left-back. The trialist who came in tonight did well, he had a good game and was energetic.
“There might be one more other than that to come in. Other than that, we’re pretty much set I think.
“We managed to keep the core of what we had last year and have added new faces to it.”