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Boston United 1 Solihull Moors FC 2: Elvins strike gives Moors well-deserved away win

Boston United 1 Solihull Moors FC 2: Solihull survived an early scare when Southwell's shot was blocked.

Solihull Moors' Rob Elvins
Solihull Moors' Rob Elvins

When the teams placed seventh and eighth in the league do battle you can be sure that no quarter will be spared and this match lived up to all expectations.

The trip to Boston is always a daunting one with a two-and-a-half hour journey on a good day down the winding lanes of Lincolnshire but for the intrepid 17 away supporters every mile would prove to be worth the effort.

Solihull survived an early scare when Southwell’s shot was blocked, but soon hit back with Junior English firing wide from 20 yards and Ryan Beswick close from a Michael Nottingham cross.

It was Beswick again on seven minutes whose shot from the edge of the box was clawed away from the top left hand corner by keeper Vince. Jay Denny set up Omar Bogle but his effort was off target.

Bogle’s shot was blocked by Tempest but the big striker made no mistake on 27 minutes as he dribbled past two defenders, spun around Piergianni and drilled in a low shot for Moors’ opener. Boston did their best to get a quick equaliser but the Solihull back four was resolute.

Boston’s equaliser came with four minutes of the half remaining when Mills struck from 20 yards and although Breeden was well placed to avert the danger the ball took a wicked deflection in the net.

Captain Rob Elvins produced a tremendous header under pressure in a tight box on 50 minutes but Moors were soon back on the attack with a run down the left flank by Jordan Gough who was bodychecked as he prepared to cross the ball into the box. Darryl Knights executed the free kick to Darren Byfield whose header hit the upright.

Boston were playing their part in this pulsating encounter with both teams hitting hard on the break; Steer’s thunderbolt on 73 minutes was just wide of the post, whilst Solihull immediately retaliated with Denny opening up the Pilgrims defence to Knights whose cross skimmed off the head of the incoming Bogle. Beswick just cleared the bar on 78 minutes but Moors sealed their victory within seconds as the keeper spilled a curling free kick from Gough and Elvins smashed the loose ball into the back of the net.

Bogle almost made it three as he outjumped the defence but it fell wide.

As the game ebbed away a late rally from the hosts saw Breeden first clear real danger as he bravely punched out from a packed 18-yard box and as the ball was crossed back he produced an outstanding take as the Boston front men crowded him.

Moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny, Daly, Elvins, Byfield (Story 89), English, Bogle, Beswick, Knights. Subs not used: Fleet, Taundrey, Rosser, Acton.

* Solihull Moors play bottom of the league Hyde in a Vanarama League match this Saturday.

 

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