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Solihull Moors FC 2 Stockport County FC 2: Moors denied victory by Hatters' Lee-thal weapon

Solihull Moors FC 2 Stockport County FC 2: Solihull Moors were denied all three points by a late Stockport equaliser from Hatters' newboy Lee Stevenson.

Solihull's Ryan Beswick on the ball
Solihull's Ryan Beswick on the ball

By John Clothier

Solihull Moors were denied all three points by a late Stockport equaliser from Hatters’ newboy Lee Stevenson.

The biggest crowd so far this season at Autotech Stadium watched as Moors came back from a goal down to lead but Stevenson, who signed on a months loan from Alfreton two days earlier, nabbed a point for the visitors on debut.

Moors dominated the opening exchanges as Reece Fleet chipped a free kick from 30 yards which was spilled by goalkeeper Danny Hurst before being cleared. Then on six minutes there was no-one on hand to capitalise on Darryl Knights’ perfect cross.

Omar Bogle lashed a 20 yard effort over the bar on 12 minutes and went just wide of the upright seconds later.

On 25 minutes Ryan Beswick was well tacked as he advanced towards the keeper while Solihull’s best chance of the half fell to Bogle whose shot beat Hurst but was cleared off the line.

It was end to end as both teams looked for the breakthrough but Moors’ back four was solid as Tony Breeden produced a great save from Sharp and a clean punch out under pressure from the resulting corner.

On 38 minutes Berwick’s corner beat Hurst but also eluded the incoming Rob Elvins and it was Breeden again rescuing his team as County broke and he saved first point blank from Dennis in a one on one and in the dying seconds of the half from Gregson six yards out

With four minutes of the second half played County broke the deadlock when Sharp out jumped the Solihull defence to score from a corner.

However, almost from the restart Moors equalised as Knights got on the end of Bogle’s through ball and deftly slid it into the left hand corner.

Bogle headed over from Daly’s nod on 55 minutes, Beswick was wide as Solihull pressed forward with some delightful one touch football, and Bogle was dispossessed as he teed up a close range effort on the hour mark. Then on 71 minutes Knights found Bogle, the striker passed to Beswick on the right who curled an exquisite left foot shot passed Hurst to extend Moors lead.

As the game approached its final ten minutes Stockport threw everything at the hosts forcing Moors back but just when it seemed Solihull would hang on to all three points, Stevenson, was on the end of Milligan’s dink over Daly to steal half of the spoils.

Solihull are away on Saturday to Ilkeston in the second Qualifying round of the FA Cup.

MOORS: Breeden, Nottingham, Langdon, Fleet, Daly, Elvins ©, Byfield, English, Bogle, Beswick, Knights Subs: Denny, Brown, Espejo, Taylor, Gough

 

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