Games between Solihull and Brackley have always been close affairs – the sides racking up two wins each with never more than one goal in it – and this one proved just as tight with the Moors prevailing thanks to an Omar Bogle goal.
Brackley were promoted from the Southern League in 2012, finishing in the play-off zone in their first Conference North season and just outside last year, the visitors starting the day on an unbeaten four-match run whilst Moors had lost their last four.
Moors forced a corner in the first minute of the game but were immediately caught on the break as new signing from Northampton Town, David Mayo, advanced on the Solihull goal only to be denied by Tony Breeden who spread himself to narrow the angle and deflected the shot with his feet.
As Moors got back into their stride Omar Bogle first set up Fleet and then Beswick who both shot just wide of the post.
Ryan Beswick was playing on the left flank, Marcus Bignot having changed things round after the recent run of defeats, and he was to prove instrumental throughout the afternoon.
Stefan Moore was the first to miss the target from his pass on 12 minutes.
Bogle, too, was on fire as he cut through the Saints defence, his left-foot shot beating keeper Turley but it went agonisingly wide.
Brackley broke on 20 minutes with Odhiambo rifling in a shot from 30 yards but causing Breeden no problem as he parried away to safety. Reece Fleet dispossessed Whittall as half-time beckoned and found Bogle in the box but he was clipped as he advanced on Turley, the referee deeming, surprisingly, no infringement.
In the penultimate minute of the half Beswick crossed from the left but as Daly moved in for the conversion Austin’s desperate clearance sent both teams in goalless.
As play resumed Richard Taundry fired past three defenders but was just inches wide and Moors’ persistence was rewarded on the hour mark when Bogle was brought down just outside of the eighteen-yard box. The league’s leading goalscorer then sent a sublime free kick over the five-man wall and beyond the motionless Turley.
Brackley upped the pace as they sought to salvage something from the game but Solihull were equal to the pressure and might have increased the lead when good work from Daly and Moore set up Fleet but he blasted well over. Mayo again tested Breeden but could find no way past the Solihull shot-stopper.
A hard fought win for the Moors sees them back in the play-off positions and this should stand them in good stead for next week’s home match against Harrogate Town against whom they scored four in the away fixture earlier this season. This is always a difficult but exciting fixture and the kick off is 3pm at the Autotech Stadium.
Moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Gough, Denny, Daly, Taundry (Story 86), Fleet, English (Elvins 86), Bogle, Beswick, Moore (Byfield 75). Subs unused: Acton, Knights.