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Solihull Moors 2 Hednesford Town 3: Wasteful Moors made to pay by high-flying Town

These two teams have only met once before when Moors won an FA Trophy match last season at Keys Park 2-1.

Nasar Hussain Action from Solihull Moors' 3-2 defeat at home to Hednesford Town
Action from Solihull Moors' 3-2 defeat at home to Hednesford Town

These two teams have only met once before when Moors won an FA Trophy match last season at Keys Park 2-1.

This season Hednesford have blazed a trail at the top of the Skrill North whilst recent results for Solihull have been mixed.

In appalling wet conditions, Moors did everything to build a two-goal lead but poor defending in the final 15 minutes cost them all three points.

Solihull opened brightly with Michael Taylor hustling through the Pitmen’s defence and Junior English just failing to properly connect from a nod down from Gary Birch six yards out.

After 15 minutes, the visitors had their first meaningful foray into the box when Blissett got onto the end of a cross but his header was fractionally wide as Moors fans held their breath.

On the half hour mark Birch was waiting in the six yard area when a Jordan Gough’s cross stuck in the mud and he reacted first to smash home a left footer to edge Solihull in front.

With Moors playing better on the wet surface, Hednesford’s efforts to get back were thwarted and Beswick might have extended the lead on 41 minutes but for a brave dive at his feet from ex-Moors keeper Crane.

Their best chance was reserved for Osborne whose 25 yarder at the end of the half failed to cause Singh any problem.

Thompson Brown, another ex-Moors man, went close in the second minute after the restart.

But Moors might have doubled their advantage on 55 minutes when Birch found himself one on one with Crane but chose a low shot as opposed to a lob which would have beaten the oncoming keeper.

Then on 73 minutes with the best move of the day Moors went further ahead – Aron Wint picked up the ball on the left flank, Birch nodded down the cross to Beswick who slid in for number two.

However, with a quarter of an hour left to play, Hednesford showed why they are promotion favourites in a disastrous closing stage for the home side.

Within two minutes of the Moors goal they failed to clear their lines as Hednesford piled on the pressure and substitute Riley gave Singh no chance from 10 yards.

Seven minutes later the Solihull defence was out jumped with a corner and Harvey had a relatively easy header for the equaliser.

Just when it seemed Moors might hang on to a draw, they failed to deal with another corner and Francis needed only a tap-in to send the away fans delirious.

The result still leaves Moors in seventh position but this was a game they should have won and the looks on the player’s faces said it all.

 

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