A fruitful Tuesday evening for Solihull Moors saw them defeat both Hemel Hempstead Town and Gresley 2-1.
With players requiring match fitness, two fixtures were needed to give the whole squad the required playing time.
Last season’s Calor Southern League champions Hemel took the lead on 23 minutes when a shot from the edge of the box through a packed area left Tony Breeden unsighted as the ball found the right-hand corner.
But Moors were straight back at their visitors. Just five minutes later, in a sweeping move down the left flank, Darryl Knights crossed the ball into the path of the oncoming Owen Story but before he could get his head on to it for a strike at goal it was handballed by Thorne for a Moors penalty. Liam Daly stepped up to smash his second goal for the club from the spot in three days.
Junior English fired in a shot on 33 minutes but goalkeeper Walker just managed to divert it with a finger-tip save.
On 53 minutes Aaron Brown saw his goalbound effort rattle the underside of the bar and it was the new signing again four minutes later going close as he bulldozed his way passed two defenders.
Having weathered a period of sustained pressure from their visitors, Solihull broke with 12 minutes left on the clock with Daly finding English in the box with a one-on-one with Walker. The Moorsman took the ball on his right foot, rounded the keeper and rifled home the winner with his left.
As referee Howes blew for the final time, Moors knew they had been in a real test of a game and could be pleased with the manner with which they had acquitted themselves.
SOLIHULL MOORS: Breeden, Rosser, Ballinger, Fleet, Daly, Elvins (Byfield), Denny, Brown, English, Knights, Story
* Meanwhile, at Gresley, a strong Moors side also ran out 2-1 winners courtesy of goals from Omar Bogle and Michael Taylor. Solihull opened the scoring inside seven minutes, Trey Braithwaite’s free-kick headed into the top corner by Bogle.
Gresley equalised within three minutes, breaking down the left, and Eric Graves heading Mulonga’s cross past Chamberlain. Solihull made a number of substitutions in the second period and got a winner on 73 minutes, Michael Taylor dancing into the area and shooting in off the left hand post.
SOLIHULL MOORS: Chamberlain, Hobbs (Rankin), Gough (Cleary), Taundry (Moss), Nottingham, Delaney (Coleing), Hayden, Alex Cooper, Omar Bogle (Nesbitt), Michael Taylor (Smith), Braithwaite.