By Richard Forrester
SOLIHULL Moors began their first pre-season game of the season with a convincing 5-1 win against Stratford Town.
It didn’t take long for Moors to open the scoring. After seven minutes, new signing Peter Till worked the ball out to the left which allowed Darryl Knights to curl his shot into the bottom corner.
There were no signs of rustiness as the Moors asserted their dominance and five minutes later they had their second. A mix-up in the Stratford Town box gave Omar Bogle with a clear opportunity in front of goal before being bought down. The referee had no hesitation pointing to the spot before Bogle confidently stepped up and put the keeper the wrong way.
After 15 minutes it was 3-0. Bogle cut the ball back to Ryan Beswick who struck it first time, passing Chris Jay in the Town goal.
It was only a matter of time before Moors had their fourth. Knights played a pinpoint chip over the Town defence into the path of Beswick, squaring it to Wint who made no mistake slotting the ball home.
Stratford Town barely had the chance to catch their breath before Moors were even further ahead. On 36 minutes, a simple pass by Wint cut through the Town defence allowing Bogle the time to find the corner for his second.
Town however capitalised on a mistake by Stuart Pierpont when he lost the ball to Chris Sterling who was brought down by goalkeeper Jasbir Singh. Aaron Garvey made no mistake from the spot as Town grabbed a consolation goal.
The influx of goals dried up in the second half as Bignot changed his entire outfield squad.
Combined with the heat, chances were few and far between.
The Moors continue their pre-season friendlies with a trip to Rugby Town on Saturday.