On a day that saw Hyde relegated for the second successive year, Gloucester City did their survival prospects a power of good as Moors failed to capitalise on last week’s win against Leamington. In a swirling wind, it was the visitors who looked the more hungry and whose gameplan proved decisive in the difficult conditions.
Gloucester immediately took the game to their hosts requiring a powerful header from Liam Daly to clear his lines in the opening attack. Omar Bogle headed over from a long Langdon throw and could have opened his account in the fourth minute but his stinging shot went straight at keeper White. Almost immediately Gloucester’s Nick Wright, on his debut, hit the side netting.
Wright then blasted over from 18 yards before sustained pressure brought the Tigers their first goal in the 28th minute: Dom Langdon had conceded a free-kick just long of the 18-yard line and the clearance fell to Orenuga who was tripped by Beswick and Jones made no mistake from the penalty spot.
Another penalty shout was dismissed by referee Porter as Solihull battled to get back and a stunning free-kick from Bogle brought out an equally brilliant save from White.
As the interval beckoned Moors had another real chance after free-flowing passing between Knights and Beswick, but the cross brought out a diving header from Jones to concede a corner.
The restart saw White again saving well from Daly’s header but within 10 minutes Gloucester had doubled their score; Bowen found Wright on the left of the 18-yard box, who skipped passed one defender before drilling across the box to an unmarked Orenuga who had a simple tap-in.
English was wide from the edge of the 18-yard box while Daly’s glancing header from Beswick’s free-kick was off target. Michael Nottingham denied Kabba a one-on-one in the 73rd minute. It could have been worse had any Gloucester player been in the box for Bowen’s subsequent low pass across the goal area while Avery shot straight at Breeden.
Solihull’s best chance came on 85 minutes when an intense goalmouth scramble needed just a toe poke but Avery cleared off the line before Bogle eventually shot wide.
This was not Moors’ finest hour and last week’s focus was missing. It leaves them mid-table as the run-in to the last five games of the season gathers momentum. On Saturday they visit struggling Brackley while on Bank Holiday Monday it’s Hednesford’s turn at the Autotech Stadium, kick-off 3pm.