Preview: Solihull Moors

Fresh from making it to Wembley in the Isuzu FA Trophy at Bromley on Saturday, Solihull Moors await the Fleet this Tuesday night in a rescheduled National League fixture. Danny Searle’s side took a huge step towards safety with three points against AFC Fylde and could guarantee that this midweek with a win and anything less than that for Boreham Wood at Rochdale.

Form guide
The Moors are currently in fifth place, making the Birmingham side one of three play-off contenders that the Fleet will face in this final week and a half of the season. While they may well be thinking of Wembley in the Trophy, they’ll also have their minds on finishing as high as possible in the league – and with Bromley still to play, they could avoid the eliminator if they can finish third. Moors’ form has been mixed over the past six weeks with three wins, four draws and two defeats from their last nine league outings. 

Last time out
Back in August, the Fleet opened our home season of fixtures against the Moors. A Matty Warburton brace was enough for them despite a late strike from Greg Cundle in the 72nd minute. The Fleet have won at Damson Park previously – back in 2017, a 3-1 win with goals coming from Myles Weston, Danny Kedwell and Danny Mills secured the three points. Our last two visits have both ended in 2-1 defeats. 

New faces at the ARMCO Damson Park:
Minimal transfer action at Solihull sees only Tavhon Campbell through the door. The February signing spent most of the season on loan at Wealdstone from Rochdale (scoring twice against the Fleet), before making a permanent move to the Moors in February. He has also played for the likes of Forest Green Rovers and Cheltenham Town. 

The manager
Retiring from playing in 2015 following a four-year spell at Oxford United, Andy Whing became manager of Solihull in 2023 after a three-year period with Banbury United. Whing took charge of his 50th match on Saturday against Bromley where he secured a spot in the FA Trophy Final. 

Club connections
Omari Sterling-James played a half-century of games for Solihull Moors across two spells, with 10 goals to his name. His Saint Kitts & Nevis teammate Tyrese Shade is also on loan currently at Moors from Swindon Town. And Moors midfielder Joss Labadie played with Mark Cousins at Dagenham and Hayden White at Walsall.

Ticket info
Tickets can be purchased online here and also on the day for the same price of £17 Adults, £12 Concessions 65+ 18-24 and U18s; £7.50 under 18s; and free for Under 12s.

There will be BBC Radio Kent online commentary and EUFC X coverage for those unable to make the trip.


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