Solihull Moors 2 Guiseley AFC 0
AFTER a run of three league defeats, you could have expected Moors to struggle against high flying Guiseley, a team second in the Blue Square North and a club Solihull have lost to on every occasion the two sides have met since the Yorkshire outfit won promotion three seasons ago.
However, when manager Marcus Bignot says his is a team that can bounce back, perhaps an upset was on the cards and so it proved to be.
It was the first start this season for Dior Angus, a product of last year’s youth team, and the youngster took his chance with both feet adding pace to attacks and getting the Man of the Match Award for his efforts.
However the first half was an honours-even affair with Guiseley’s James Walshaw’s shot well saved by Jasbir Singh and a reply from Michael Blackwood, hitting on the turn, equally well dealt with by Drench for the visitors.
Solihull opened the second half with some dominating play and took a well deserved lead on 51 minutes when Omar Bogle crossed to Angus whose shot, although spilled by Drench fell perfectly for Jay Denny to volley low into the back of the net.
Moors continued to apply pressure with another Blackwood drive again foiled by a good save and an excellent run by Angus whose cross was agonisingly wide.
Guiseley were fortunate to survive a penalty shout, but Moors doubled their tally on 61 minutes when Tom Kemp’s head met a long throw from Dom Langdon, giving the keeper no chance
Guiseley’s late rally was anticipated with Josh Wilson foiled by a terrific save from Jas Singh and a Gavin Rothery effort cleared off the line by Danny Spencer.
Deep into injury time, however Reece Fleet could have made it three with a 30-yarder just off the mark. Moors held out for the much needed three points in a game they thoroughly deserved to win.
Despite the victory the Solihull side still sit uncomfortably close to the relegation zone with 10 points.
They are next in action on October 27 when they play high flying Altrincham at home, kick off 3pm.