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Solihull Moors v Wealdstone - Match Preview

THE DETAILS Solihull Moors v Wealdstone National League Stadium Tuesday 30th March, 7:45pm kick-off

This fixture will be hosted behind closed doors. HOW TO WATCH Due to current COVID-19 lockdown measures across the UK, this fixture will be played behind closed doors. The hosts are streaming the fixture and you can find the link HERE. THE CONTEXT Solihull have shown a similar vein of form to the Stones in 2021, slumping from the play-off positions down to the lower reaches of the table, if you exclude the six points they've picked up off of Aldershot Town, their last win was on 5th January when they beat Chesterfield. Tuesday night's win over Aldershot was Moors boss Mark Yates' first since returning to the club last month. Following Dover Athletic's results being expunged from the 2020/21 season this week, the Moors did drop to 29 points, level with Wealdstone but they picked up a crucial win over the Shots in midweek to move into seventeenth, two spots and three points above the Stones. TEAM NEWS Stones new signing Nikola Tavares goes straight into the squad on Tuesday evening, with Alex Dyer also expected to return after playing in Curacao for Montserrat on international duty this week. Craig Fasanmade made his debut in the week after signing on loan from Hungerford Town and should be included again this week. Riley-Jay Harbottle is a doubt after picking up a late knock in last week's defeat against Woking, although Daniel Bowry did return from suspension for that fixture. Loanees George Langston and Joseph Olowu are both out for a couple more weeks. FORM GUIDE Stones: Woking (H) 0-1 L Weymouth (A) 4-0 L Notts County (H) 0-1 L King's Lynn Town (H) 3-1 W (Green, Lafayette, Mendy) FC Halifax Town (H) 1-2 L (Lewis) Solihull Moors: Aldershot Town (H) 1-0 W (Archer) Torquay United (A) 2-0 L Bromley (A) 1-0 L FC Halifax Town (A) 1-0 L Stockport County (H) 0-5 L WHAT WAS SAID Stuart Maynard: "I think they're a team that has the quality to be in the top half of the league and competing for promotion out of the league. If you look at the players they've got, they've got a lot of ex-EFL players in their squad and a big squad. It's going to be a tough game, I went to watch them play at Notts County, they played 3-4-3, they're very big, very physical and they can pass as well, they mix it up very well.

"The lads should be honoured to be playing at the minute, there's hundreds of footballers out there not being able to play football, so we've got the opportunity to keep playing. Whether there's relegation or not you should be willing to cross that line and give your all and that's how we see it as a management team. We're preparing the same whether there is or isn't relegation and we expect the lads to prepare the same too and be up for every game." WHO TO WATCH FOR Jamie Ward: The experienced attacker joined the Moors at the start of the season after a short spell at Scunthorpe United in League Two. The 34-year old's nous and experience in the final third has been a welcome in the Moors attacking prowess and he'll be a key threat hoping to make an impression for new boss Mark Yates. He is a Northern Ireland international and played for them at Euro 2016 in France, coming off the bench in their Group C opener against Poland and starting against Germany. HEAD-TO-HEAD Wealdstone and Solihull Moors have yet to meet. The Stones have however played both Moor Green and Solihull Borough, the two clubs that merged in 2007 to form Solihull Moors. Played - 1 Won - 1 Drawn - 0 Lost - 0 *vs Solihull Borough Played - 10 Won - 6 Drawn - 2 Lost - 2 *vs Moor Green LAST FIVE MEETINGS Nov 1992 - Stones 5-2 Solihull Borough (Pearson, Tate 2, Gayle, OG) Apr 1992 - Moor Green 0-1 Stones (Blackler) Aug 1991 - Stones 1-0 Moor Green (Smart) Dec 1990 - Moor Green 2-0 Stones Sep 1990 - Stones 2-1 Moor Green (Browne 2)

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