Guiseley AFC 1 Solihull Moors 0
IN the space of 72 hours Solihull Moors have travelled to Altrincham and Guiseley both of whom have hopes of a place in the Blue Square North play- offs, and although they came away with no points, they certainly know how close they ran the opposition, writes John Clothier.
Altrincham’s home report from last Wednesday’s match concluded: “Altrincham will be relieved to have got past this physical test with all three points”, having won 2-1.
Guiseley meanwhile had this to say: “Lions scrape home”. The truth is that giving a penalty away and having back four players sent off in both games gave the Moors an impossible hill to climb.
Moors started brightly at Guiseley with both Ryan Beswick, pictured, and Omar Bogle troubling the defence. Beswick’s trademark free kick on eight minutes needed a tap-in but eluded the Solihull attack and another a minute later was met by the head of Stuart Pierpoint forcing Bower to clear from under his own bar.
Dior Angus picked up a perfect through ball from Beswick on 20 minutes but cleared the bar, before the hosts had their best chance when Brooksby flashed the ball across the Solihull goal line but thankfully nobody was there.
Disaster struck on the half hour when Dom Landon pushed Wilson under pressure and referee Dermott pointed to the penalty spot. Wilson duly sent Singh the wrong way for 1 – 0.
Moors edged the opening 12 minutes of the second half but hearts sank with some 15 minutes remaining when Pierpoint was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence.
Singh was immediately called into action to deny Brooksly. Darryl Knights and Gary Birch sent Bogle goal-bound on 82 minutes but his goal was clearly off-side and it was still one nil at full time.
Moors can be proud of their performance but have only themselves to blame for the scoreline. Solihull were away to Corby on Wednesday and entertain Histon at Damson Park on Saturday. For more information visit www.solihullmoorsfc.co.uk.
Man of the Match: Ryan Beswick.