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Solihull Moors 1 Hednesford Town 1: Moors have to settle for point

Hednesford were promoted to Moors' level just under two years ago and in their first season at this level made the play-off positions.

Nasar Hussain Solihull Moors' Ryan Beswick clears as Hednesford apply the pressure
Solihull Moors' Ryan Beswick clears as Hednesford apply the pressure

Hednesford were promoted to Moors’ level just under two years ago and in their first season at this level made the play-off positions.

This season they have been favourites to repeat that objective but five defeats in their last six games have severely dented this ambition.

Their Manager Rob Smith was quoted as saying before the game that this was their last chance of kick-starting what is left of the season – anything other than a win would see them in the Conference North next season.

That win did not materialise.

In Moors’ first foray, Reece Fleet’s free kick was met by the head of Liam Daly but ex-Solihull keeper Crane was equal to it. And Tony Breeden was soon in the thick of things saving from Robinson’s close range effort on five minutes.

On the half hour mark Darryl Knights found Stefan Moore unmarked in the box but his pass to Beswick saw him launch his shot well over the bar. The half came to an end when a Knights corner was headed wide by Daly.

Within seconds of the restart Breeden made a one handed diving save and Hednesford followed up with a 25-yard free kick hit straight at Moors’ wall.

On 58 minutes Knights put through Fleet who hit the cross bar from 25 yards and when Bogle was again brought down some 20 yards out, he skied the rebound from his free kick.

But a breakthrough eventually came in the 64th minute as Bogle, in a last man position, was fouled by Bailey who was duly red carded by referee Meeson. From the spot, Bogle sent Crane the wrong way to put Solihull in front. And that should have been enough but disaster struck on 78 minutes; Ballinger put in a backpass in the box and Langdon impeded Osborne as he ran in on goal. Langdon was red carded and Diggon made no mistake from the spot.

Moors: Breeden, Nottingham, Ballinger, Fleet, Daly, Langdon, English, Moore (Byfield), Bogle, Beswick, Knights Subs: Delfouneso, Hayden, Gueyes, Nesbitt.

 

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