Solihull Moors 1 Worcester City 4
Just 18 days on from beating Worcester 4-1 away, the visitors decisively turned the tables to hand Moors a painful defeat.
For over an hour Moors had the advantage, but four goals in half-an-hour shattered their dreams.
City started brightly with Nti twice clearing the bar, while Omar Bogle did likewise at the edge of the box from a Michael Nottingham cross. On 39 minutes Knights’ exquisite free-kick was headed down by Rob Elvins to Beswick, who sidefooted Moors in front from 10 yards.
Moors continued to take the game to their opponents with Stefan Moore first to go agonisingly close, while Geddes was denied by Breeden.
On 55 minutes Moors almost extended their lead when Beswick got on the end of Moore cross but his bullet header produced an outstanding reaction save from Boot. A sublime Geddes free-kick went in off the post to level for Worcester. Solihull responded positively, Daly heading just wide on 70 minutes, but disaster struck on 81 minutes when Geddes’ innocuous-looking free-kick slipped out of keeper Tony Breeden’s hands. Moors found the character to fight back but when Daly sidefooted a Beswick cross across the face of the goal, you sensed the game was slipping away.
A third free-kick from Geddes was cleared but in five minutes of added time Worcester scored twice more; Evans rounded the keeper to score into the empty net, then with two minutes left, Nti ran at the Moors keeper from the left and slotted the ball past Breeden for City’s fourth.
Solihull Moors 2 North Ferriby 4
On Tuesday, Moors suffered another defeat, at home to North Ferriby, but put in an improved performance.
Moors took the game to their visitors, Dom Langdon going close from a Knights corner in the first minute and Elvins almost punishing another three minutes later. However, the Villagers broke from that fast down the left wing giving Jason St Juste a one-on-one with Tony Breeden from which the ex-Halifax Town man made no mistake.
Solihull kept up their fast free-flowing football but Kendall tapped in a hard cross for number two. A rash challenge by Reece Fleet in the box resulted in referee Dudley awarding the visitors a penalty on the half-hour, King sending Breeden the wrong way to make it 3-0 at the interval.
Moors started the second half positively. Knights’ dinked pass found Omar Bogle who made no mistake in opening Solihull’s account. But Ferriby effectively sealed the victory on 64 minutes, full-back King’s bullet shot giving Breeden no chance.
Moors netted a consolation in the first added minute. Substitute Kieran Nesbitt was up-ended 20 yards out and Bogle struck a peach of a free-kick beyond Hedge.
Another defeat but Moors battled hard and played some attractive football. They host Leamington on Saturday, hoping for over 1,000 fans at the Autotech, kick-off 3pm.