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Preview: Solihull Moors (H)

7 November 2020

The Iron play their first match in 15 days when Solihull Moors visit the Sands Venue Stadium for an FA Cup first round encounter on Sunday, November 8th (12noon kick-off).

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8 November 2020


After seeing their last three League Two matches postponed due to COVID-19 cases at the club, the game with the Moors will see United looking to register their first win since September 26th when Jordan Hallam's goal helped us defeat Carlisle United 1-0 at home.

It is our first match since the 3-1 away loss at Exeter City on Saturday, October 24th, which saw arguably one of the best performances of the season.

Solihull sit seventh in the National League and come into the match on the back of a 3-1 away loss at Maidenhead United last weekend.


During this season’s competition there shall be no replays. Therefore, should the tie be level after 90 minutes an additional period of 30 minutes extra time shall be played. If the scores remain level then the tie shall be decided by a penalty shootout.


The Moors squad contains three names Scunthorpe fans will be very familar with.

Though he didn't make an appearance for us, Callum Howe was part of our youth set-up before he was offered a professional deal. He went on to play for Lincoln City and Port Vale amongst others before going to Harrogate Town, from where he then moved onto Solihull in the summer of 2019.

Krystian Pearce was on loan with us for the 2008-09 season and the former Birmingham youth player has gone on to play for Torquay United and Mansfield Town amongst others. He signed for this weekend's opposition last week.

Elsewhere, Jamie Ward was with us last season and scored twice in six appearances. The Northern Ireland international has made one appearance for the Moors so far, scoring one goal.

Other experience in their squad includes former Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney, who was with Salford City for two years, while they also have the experienced ex-MK Dons and Birmingham midfielder Stephen Gleeson.

They defeated Wrexham 4-0 in the fourth qualifying round two weeks ago to get to this stage, in which Joe Sbarra scored a brace.


Without revealing specifics about players following the COVID-19 situation at the club, first team manager Neil Cox confirmed some late decisions will need to be made. Click here for more information.


Click here to see the list of fixtures for this weekend.

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Report: Iron 2-3 Solihull Moors

8 November 2020

The Iron exited the Emirates FA Cup at the first round stage, as they were defeated 3-2 at home by Solihull Moors on Sunday lunchtime.

John McAtee equalised following Stephen Gleeson's opener from the penalty spot, but the away side regained the lead through Krystian Pearce.

Gleeson added his second from the penalty spot before substitute Kevin van Veen pulled one back in the closing stages (he was making his first appearance since March due to the premature end to last season because of COVID-19 and a knee injury).

The first incident of note came in the third minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty, with their midfielder Gleeson duly dispatched.

Five minutes later, following a corner, ex-Iron defender Pearce headed the ball across goal with a goalbound effort saved by Mark Howard. The rebound was controlled with the arm and ended up in the net, but the referee spotted the handball and disallowed it.

Scunthorpe searched for a way back into the game and, in the 13th minute, Alex Gilliead flicked the ball onto Kenan Dünnwald-Turan, who took one touch inside the box before the ball was lashed clear for a corner.

United levelled the scores just a minute later, when McAtee raced down the left and cut onto his right foot. He curled an angled cross towards the far post, with Dünnwald-Turan challenging, but the ball nestled in the corner without a touch.

Soon after, Devarn Green raced down the right channel and squeezed in a cross which Pearce put out for a corner.

Then, Gilliead’s deep cross was controlled well by Jake Taylor. He teed up Lewis Butroid, who delivered for Dünnwald-Turan, but his glancing header went wide.

On 24 minutes, Green and McAtee worked the ball down the right before the cross was cleared. Spence hit the volley but his effort was blocked.

Five minutes after, Taylor brought the ball forward after Dünnwald-Turan won a header. He found space on the edge of the area and looked to have beaten the ‘keeper but the ball rolled just wide.

After 32 minutes, Butroid headed away a goalbound shot from Joe Sbarra as he received a back heel from Gleeson, who surged into the area.

Following that, Jordan Cranston received the ball on the left and rolled an inviting cross across the six-yard box, but there was no touch and the ball went out for a goal kick.

The 37th minute saw superb play from the Iron involving Gilliead throughout. He exchanged passes with McAtee and Green before his cross was sliced clear for a corner. Butroid’s resultant set-play was an inviting one, but the ball was headed away.

There was then neat passing again from the Iron before Gilliead picked the ball up and added a turn of pace to his run. He was pulled back by Gleeson, winning a free-kick. Butroid whipped the free-kick into the six-yard box, on-target, but there was no extra touch as the ‘keeper watched the ball and gathered.

In the 48th minute, Tyler Cordner got the first yellow card of the match following a foul down the left channel, which resulted in a free-kick for the visitors. From that, the away side retook the lead with the free-kick initially cleared, but a looping header from ex-United defender Pearce nestled in the far corner.

Two minutes later, it was almost three when Sbarra connected to a throughball and looked to dink the ball over Howard, who saved the effort.

Then, Solihull broke in numbers following a free-kick and had four players racing through. The ball was played across to Gleeson, with Howard making a fine save.

With 64 minutes played, McAtee slipped Dünnwald-Turan in on the left side of the area, but he rolled his effort wide with the ‘keeper narrowing the angle.

Then, on the other side of the box a minute later, Green made a great run on the right side and was slipped in before seeing his shot saved for a corner.

With around 20 minutes left, United made three changes as van Veen, Jordan Hallam and Olufela Olomola replaced Dünnwald-Turan, Taylor and McAtee.

In the 79th minute, the away side won another penalty which Gleeson stepped up to slot beyond Howard.

The Iron pulled one back in the 84th minute when van Veen fired home from close range after Hallam seized on a poor pass from the away goalkeeper to set him up.

Scunthorpe pressed late on and won a number of corners, but nothing could come from them.

Three minutes into stoppage time, Cordner was given his second yellow card after a pull back on former Iron Jamie Ward, who had come on as a substitute.

Scunthorpe continued to press for a late equaliser but couldn't find it.

United return to action on Tuesday, with a home game against Mansfield Town in the Papa John's Trophy group stages (7pm kick-off).

IRON: Howard, Bedeau, Gilliead, Brown, Green, Butroid, Spence, Cordner, Dünnwald-Turan (van Veen, 72), Taylor (Hallam, 72), McAtee (Olomola, 72).

IRON SUBS: Collins, Hippolyte, Dales, Beestin.

SOLIHULL: Boots, Williams, Cranston (Carter, 72), Storer, Sbarra, Gleeson, Coxe, Maycock (Osborne, 72), Hancox, Hudlin (Ward, 81), Pearce.

SOLIHULL SUBS: Clayton, McNally, Piggott, Shergill.

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