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Solihull Moors flattened by lowly Gainsborough's artistry

By Gainsborough standards this has been a poor season and at the start of play against Solihull Moors they stood one point above the relegation zone.

Gainsborough keeper Rory Watson saves from a Michael Nottingham effort
Gainsborough keeper Rory Watson saves from a Michael Nottingham effort

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By Gainsborough standards this has been a poor season and at the start of play against Moors they stood one point above the relegation zone.

However, with the recent signing of four new players their board have sent a clear message to opposing teams.

With the previous week’s win at Barrow just a memory, this would be no breeze in the park for Moors but they almost opened their account after good work from Gough and Moore earned a corner from which Trinity’s Quinn rattled his own crossbar.

However, on eight minutes they were undone when Byrne, on his debut, power-headed his team ahead from a Toner corner.

It might have been worse but for poor finishing from Toner and Beesley as the home team pushed forward.

On the half-hour mark the combination down the right flank of Nottingham and Moore almost opened up the Gainsborough defence but a last-ditch clearance from Quinn diverted the ball to safety.

Bogle then fired straight at on-loan keeper Watson and while Solihull had the ball in the net with five minutes of the half left to play, Story’s strike did not stand as Moore was adjudged to have handled the ball before laying the pass on.

Impressive loanee Rory Watson from Hull saved from almost point-blank range as the whistle beckoned but not before at the other end Davis blasted over the bar.

Solihull looked strong from the restart with Moore side-footing wide, but he made amends on the hour mark breaking down the left flank as his cross found Bogle who swept the ball into the net for Moors’ equaliser.

Almost from the kick Bogle launched a screamer from the edge of the 18-yard box but Watson was equal to it.

On 66 minutes poor defending saw the visitors back in trouble; Moors conceded a free-kick on the halfway line and two touches later Davis had fired Trinity back in front.

Elvins made way for Langdon at the back as manager Bignot re-arranged the team to allow Daly to spearhead the attack, but with five minutes of normal time left Gainsborough wrapped up the points when they were awarded a penalty. Taundrey seemed to push Stamp in full view of referee Davidson, who pointed immediately to the spot and Russell calmly slotted the ball home.

With four minutes of added time Moors saw Bogle hit the crossbar but Moore could get no real power as he headed goalwards from the rebound. Gainsborough were good for their victory but Moors were left to rue the needless second goal and poor finishing.

* Moors put Gainsborough behind them on Tuesday night when they took on Worcester City at Kidderminster’s Aggborough Stadium.

Moors simply took the game to City, ending with a resounding 4-1 victory, courtesy of stunning goals from Darryl Knight (28), Omar Bogle (29 and 80), plus an own goal from Wayne Thomas (67).

Moors had three ex Worcester players in their line-up – captain Rob Elvins, Jay Denny and Richard Taundrey – and the only blot was that City’s goal came from Aaron Brown, a Moors player until last November.

Goalkeeper Tony Breeden had possibly his quietist game all season in a match where Moors’ one-touch passing tore through City’s defence.

With Saturday’s visitors Guiseley losing at home to lowly Bradford Park Avenue, Moors should be full of confidence as they battle to keep their play-off dreams alive, now back up to ninth in the Conference North League.

 

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