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Match preview: Solihull Moors

24 December 2019

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We preview the Boxing Day game at home to Solihull Moors.

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Team News:

John Sheridan has confirmed that Robbie Weir will be assessed after being taken off at half time in the Torquay game through an illness.

Josef Yarney will also be assessed as he edges closer to a return to the team.

Opposition

Manager: Tim Flowers

The current Solihull Moors manager started his playing career with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1984, making 63 appearances in his two years at Molineux.

A move to Southampton followed where he originally became Peter Shilton's understudy. He became a regular in his seven years with the Saints and was also regarded as one of the best goalkeepers on England.

Flowers joined Blackburn Rovers in 1993 and helped the club to a second place finish in the Premier League in his first season. He also made his first of 11 appearances for the England national team that season.

His incredible shot-stopping ability helped Rovers to the Premier League title in the 1994/95 season, beating Manchester United to English football's biggest prize, despite a loss on the final day to Liverpool at Anfield.

The goalkeeper stayed at Blackburn for a number of years after, leaving Ewood Park following their relegation in 1999.

Spells at Leicester City, Stockport County, Coventry City and Manchester City followed before Flowers retired from playing in 2003.

The former Premier League winner began his managerial career with Stafford Ranger in 2010 and also had caretaker spells with Northampton before joining Solihull Moors in 2018.

Flowers helped the Moors to a second place finish in the National League in his first season, losing to AFC Fylde in the play-offs.

One to Watch – Paul McCallum

McCallum started his career in 2010 with Dulwich Hamlet with his fantastic early form earning him a move to West Ham just a year later.

He signed to be part of the Hammers' under-21 development squad during the 2011/12 season.

The striker struggled to breakthrough into the first team and spent time on loan at Rochdale, AFC Wimbledon, Aldershot Town, Torquay United, Hearts and Portsmouth.

McCallum moved to Leyton Orient permanently in 2015, scoring 15 goals in his two years at Brisbane Road as the club struggled both on and off the pitch.

A move to National League outfit Eastleigh followed in 2017 and the forward was allowed to flourish at the head of the Spitfires' attack.

After a mid-table finish in his first season, McCallum had the season of his life and became one of the league’s most dangerous strikers.

Eastleigh finished in the play-offs and we’re cruelly knocked out by Salford City in the semi-finals on penalties.

McCallum moved to Solihull Moors in the summer and has continued to find the net this term, scoring eight goals as the Moors sit fifth in the table.

Head to Head

Boxing Day’s fixture marks only the third time the two sides have ever faced each other with Solihull holding the upper hand.

The Spireites secured a 2-2 draw at Damson Park in the last time the teams played with Marc-Antoine Fortune and Lee Shaw scoring the goals.

From the dugout:

John Sheridan said: “It’ll be a tough game. They’re strong, organised and I think he (Tim Flowers) has done a good job there.

“They’re big, strong and solid. They were excellent last year and they’re going well this year. I expect a really tough game and we’ve got to be ready for a fight.”

 

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