So, Solihull Moors always beat Boston United 1-0 at home? Don’t bet on it

Ricky Miller.
Ricky Miller.

Who says there’s no such thing as a sure thing in football? It’s going to be a 1-0 home win. Stick a tenner on it.

Bet365 are currently offering odds of 10/1 on that outcome, so why not make the easiest £100 of your life?

I am, of course, talking about Boston United’s trek to Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Damson Park has been a place where history has repeated itself, where lightning has struck thrice in recent seasons.

Since their return to the Conference North, United have made the trip to Solihull a hat-trick of times, and in 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 the outcome has been exactly the same... a 1-0 Moors win.

In fact, looking at the bigger picture, Solihull have been somewhat of a bogey team in recent years, with the Pilgrims going six consecutive contests withour recording a victory against their weekend opponents over the past three campaigns.

In the 2010-11 season, United marked their return to what was then the Blue Square Bet North with a 1-0 defeat on the road and 1-1 draw at home to the Moors.

That game should have been another narrow defeat, but somehow the officials failed to spot Danny Davidson forcing home an equaliser with his hand.

Solihull claimed the Pilgrims’ scalp twice - both 1-0 successes - in the 2011-12 campaign.

A third - and could that be final? - 1-0 loss on the road was followed up by a 2-2 draw at York Street last season.

Tom Ward and Marc Newsham found the net for Boston on that occasion.

But before you do place that bet, you may want to reconsider your options as - surely - Boston head west with more hope in their hearts this time around.

Unbeaten in their past four Skrill North matches, Dennis Greene’s side are eager to keep their successful run going at the expense of their play-off rivals this weekend.

Plus January’s 4-1 home drubbing of Solihull - inspired by Ricky Miller’s hat-trick and aided by Scott Garner’s goal - means there is confidence in the Boston camp.

And besides, their recent record at Damson Park may be poor, but you only have to look back as far as 2007-09 for their last win at Solihull.

On that occasion Lee Thompson’s brace and Paul Ellender’s finish earned a 3-1 victory.

Boston backed up that result with a 2-0 home success (Jon Rowan, Jon Stevenson) later that campaign.

Victory for sixth-placed United could see them return to the play-off spots if other results are favourable.

Moors spent much of the first half of the season in the top five, but a dip in form leaves them currently placed ninth.

They may be three places below Boston and four spots off a play-off position, but it’s too premature to rule them out of a late surge up the table.

In fact, a win would see them join United on 61 points.