Solihull Moors face Hinckley United at Damson Park this Saturday – their play-off hopes boosted, after Eastwood Town were denied entry to the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.
And they’ll be looking for three points after they were lucky to escape with one away at Vauxhall Motors last weekend.
The Moors had entered that game having gone 375 minutes of football without scoring. Despite this, they managed to share the spoils, in a pulsating 3-3 draw, in which both teams scored in the dying minutes.
The Moors started well – pressuring the Motors side into sloppy mistakes – and quickly took the lead, 22-year-old winger, Ryan Beswick, finishing well to put Solihull in the driving seat.
Vauxhall started a strong comeback attempt just before the interval, troubling Solihull shot stopper, Jasbir Singh, several times and eventually earned their reward.
Singh managed to stop Obi Anoruo’s deft header, but could not stop Craig Mahon’s follow up drive, leaving the sides level at the break.
Solihull started the second-half in a similar fashion to the first, committing men up field in the hope of grabbing another goal, and again Vauxhall had trouble handling Beswick, who found himself unmarked in the Motors area to slam home a sweet volley just past the hour mark, leaving the Vauxhall side with another mountain to climb. It only took the Motors side nine minutes to cut the deficit for a second time, however, a powerful close range header from midfielder, Tom Hannigan, getting the better of Singh.
And the Moors soon found themselves a goal down with just three minutes left, after a defensive mix-up left Vauxhall substitute, Leighton McGivern, through and he finished with a well-placed shot, leaving Solihull with little hope of a result.
However, Matt Smith decided to play the hero for Solihull, catching the Motors defense unaware, and rising up to head home in the final minute to steal a point for the Damson Park side, keeping their play-off hopes alive, with just three league games remaining.
Moors Chairman, Nigel Collins, said: “The match was one we felt we should have won – we were the better side and were 2-1 up, but then we were losing 3-2 with only a couple of minutes left, and then we got the late goal so we were thankful for the point. After hearing Eastwood Town won’t be in the playoffs, we know anything can happen.
“And it would be great if everyone came to our final home game against Gainsborough on April 30.”