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Solihull Moors 1 Boston United 4: Southwell treble dents Moors' top-ten hopes

The defeat means Solihull now have to beat Chorley this Saturday to keep alive their hopes of a top-ten finish.

Mark Bonelle Omar Bogle in action for Solihull Moors
Omar Bogle in action for Solihull Moors

A first half hat-trick from Dayle Southwell helped Boston book their place in the play-offs in an impressive victory over battling Moors at the Autotech Stadium on Saturday.

The defeat means Solihull now have to beat Chorley this Saturday to keep alive their hopes of a top-ten finish.

Boston arrived at the Autotech Stadium on a run which has seen them achieve seven wins in their last nine games.

Solihull beat their opponents earlier in the season but this time round it was a different story.

However, Moors looked positive from the first whistle with Fleet blasting over in the second minute, then a sublime lob from Stefan Moore hit the crossbar. But at the other end Boston’s Southwell showed why he was the most likely striker to overhaul Omar Bogle’s amazing 29-goal tally as he fired wide of the upright. Felix followed up with a solo run ending with his effort just wide while Southwell forced Tony Breeden into a good save with only seven minutes gone.

Solihull weathered the storm playing some beautiful one-touch football with Darryl Knights instrumental in the middle of the park and Knights himself went close with a volley from a long Langdon throw. Michael Nottingham’s perfectly-timed tackle thwarted Walker as he advanced on goal while left-back Steer fired over at the halfway stage of the half. However, Solihull were undone on 24 minutes when Southwell beat three defenders and drilled in a low shot from 18 yards to open Boston’s account.

As Moors fought back they failed to deal with a cross into their six-yard area from Roberts, which bounced over Langdon to the waiting Southwell who tapped in his second of the day.

Stefan Moore collected a Bogle pass from the restart producing a fine save from keeper Stryjek but Moors were fortunate with Breeden a long way out of his area to see Liam Daly clear off the line.

With the pressure mounting Nottingham was adjudged to have hand-balled in the box with five minutes of the half remaining and a grateful Southwell sent the spot-kick just beyond the diving Breeden for a 15-minute hat-trick, his third of the season.

With a minute to go before the break Knights rifled a cross into the visitors’ box and Ryan Beswick curled his header into the right-hand corner of the net to give some hope for the second half.

Solihull were quickly into their stride from the restart with Fleet blasting too high from 25 yards and Beswick going a fraction wide. Knights forced Stryjek to parry his 12-yarder for a corner but just when it seemed there was still something in the match for Solihull, Roberts let fly from 25 yards into the top corner of the net to extend Boston’s lead.

To their credit Moors’ heads remained high despite the impossibility of the situation with Beswick and Bogle both having chances, while a fierce cross from Knights on 70 minutes needed only a touch. His subsequent corner was nodded down by Daly but Beswick’s finish went agonisingly wide.

Substitutes Hayden, Gueyes and Nesbitt injected life into the team but there was no way back.

Southwell’s hat-trick sees him one goal behind Omar Bogle for the leading goal-scoring prize.

 

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