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It was Solihull’s best start so far this season when after just three minutes some sloppy defending allowed Ryan Beswick to cross the ball into the box to the feet of Omar Bogle who held off a challenge from Mallory and thumped the ball into the back of the net.

Moors’ Stuart Pierpoint
Moors’ Stuart Pierpoint

MOORS made it nine games unbeaten when they snatched a draw from the jaws of victory against a resurgent Bradford PA who themselves have now gone seven games without loss.

It was Solihull’s best start so far this season when after just three minutes some sloppy defending allowed Ryan Beswick to cross the ball into the box to the feet of Omar Bogle who held off a challenge from Mallory and thumped the ball into the back of the net.

On five minutes, Moors could have doubled their advantage when Pierpoint narrowly missed connecting from an in-swinging free kick from Beswick.

However, Gary Birch found Bogle on the edge of the box and the big man was brought down from behind by Marshall – he then duly despatched the penalty into the left hand corner of the goal for number two. A third goal might well have put the match to bed but Avenue slowly got themselves back into the game and their breaks were causing Moors problems.

On 18 minutes, the Solihull defence was in trouble, causing Singh to race off his line to head out from 20 yards but the ball fell to Walker who coolly lobbed the stranded keeper from 30 yards to bring his side back into the fray.

The game was fast becoming a battle of the midfields but both defences were holding firm and the 2-1 half time score line was just about right. Junior English was on for Birch as the second half got underway.

On 53 minutes, Peter Till found English on the edge of the box but his goal bound effort took a deflection narrowly missing the left hand upright; four corners ensued but Moors were unable to capitalise.

On 58 minutes, Michael Nottingham cut inside from the right and a well struck 25 yarder was again deflected away to safety.

After sustained pressure, Moors were caught on the break after 61 minutes when ex-Harrogate Town Chib Chilaka outpaced the Moors defence and put in a hard cross into the box, met by Boshell who drilled in the equaliser from 20 yards. It was now end to end play as both teams searched for the elusive winner. Aron Wint replaced Beswick on 77 minutes.

Pierpoint met a Till free kick with seven minutes remaining but the ball hit the side netting whilst at the other end two inspirational saves from Jas Singh kept the Moors in with a shout.

The referee indicated four minutes of added time, with the only real danger coming from Chilaka but his shot was off target .

 

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