Solihull Moors 3-1 Chesterfield: Spireites' promotion hopes ended in National League play-offs

Alex Gudger scores for Solihull
Alex Gudger’s goal was his third of the season for Solihull Moors

Solihull Moors reached the National League play-off final with a convincing home win over Chesterfield.

Joe Quigley put the Spireites in front early on, but Andrew Dallas and Alex Gudger gave Solihull a half-time lead.

Callum Howe’s second-half header made it 3-1 and Chesterfield could not find a way back into the game.

Solihull will now face Grimsby, who beat Wrexham 5-4, at London Stadium on Sunday, 5 June for a place in the English Football League.

Solihull started the brighter, backed by an expectant home crowd, and Kyle Hudlin’s header forced Scott Loach into a fantastic early save.

However, it was the visitors who took the lead in their first meaningful attack of the game as Liam Mandeville found Quigley in the box, and the striker hammered a first-time shot past Joe McDonnell in front of a delighted away end.

Conceding the goal did not deter Neal Ardley’s men, and by half-time they had turned things around.

Top scorer Dallas raced on to a clever through ball to equalise with his 23rd goal of the season, and then Gudger reacted quickest from a corner to stab the loose ball past Loach.

After the break, Chesterfield’s Calvin Miller missed a huge chance to make it 2-2, the winger unable to beat McDonnell one-on-one, and that miss proved costly.

Just two minutes later, Solihull stretched their lead as they again made the most of a set-piece. as Howe climbed highest to send a towering header back across goal and into the corner of Loach’s net.

Chesterfield pushed hard to get back into the contest, but created few clear-cut chances with time ticking away.

The full-time whistle was met by jubilant scenes at Damson Park, as the home side moved a step closer to EFL status for the first time.

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Solihull Moors

  • 18McDonnellBooked at 83mins
  • 2Clarke
  • 5Howe
  • 6GudgerBooked at 74mins
  • 14BoyesBooked at 70mins
  • 4Storer
  • 7SbarraSubstituted forReillyat 77′minutes
  • 11Barnett
  • 8Maycock
  • 27HudlinSubstituted forNewtonat 68′minutes
  • 19Dallas


  • 12McNally
  • 15Reilly
  • 26Myatt
  • 24Newton
  • 22Ellis


  • 1Loach
  • 6MaguireSubstituted forRowleyat 59′minutes
  • 22Grimes
  • 12Williams
  • 3Miller
  • 20King
  • 28Khan
  • 16KellermanSubstituted forWhittleat 59′minutes
  • 30Whelan
  • 27Quigley
  • 10MandevilleSubstituted forDentonat 81′minutes


  • 29Whittle
  • 15Rowley
  • 18Tyson
  • 24Denton
  • 17McCourt
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Solihull Moors 3, Chesterfield 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Solihull Moors 3, Chesterfield 1.

  3. Booking

    Joe McDonnell (Solihull Moors) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Tom Denton replaces Liam Mandeville.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Solihull Moors. Callum Reilly replaces Joe Sbarra.

  6. Booking

    Alex Gudger (Solihull Moors) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Booking

    Harry Boyes (Solihull Moors) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Solihull Moors. Danny Newton replaces Kyle Hudlin.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Joe Rowley replaces Laurence Maguire.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chesterfield. Alex Whittle replaces James Kellerman.

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Solihull Moors 3, Chesterfield 1. Callum Howe (Solihull Moors).

  12. Second Half

    Second Half begins Solihull Moors 2, Chesterfield 1.

  13. Half Time

    First Half ends, Solihull Moors 2, Chesterfield 1.

  14. Goal!

    Goal! Solihull Moors 2, Chesterfield 1. Alex Gudger (Solihull Moors).

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Solihull Moors 1, Chesterfield 1. Andrew Dallas (Solihull Moors).

  16. Goal!

    Goal! Solihull Moors 0, Chesterfield 1. Joe Quigley (Chesterfield).

  17. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  18. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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