Solihull Moors 1 Stalybridge Celtic 0
MOORS were hit by injuries but Marcus Bignot still had a strong squad ready to do battle with high flying Stalybridge, a full time outfit from Manchester.
Within a minute of the start, Celtic’s centre forward Austin was put through for a one on one with Jas Singh but the Moors keeper reacted quickly to quell the danger.
On ten minutes, excellent one touch play down the left wing with Dom Langdon pushing forward presented a chance.
On 20 minutes, a penetrating ball from Stalybridge was stopped by Stuart Pierpoint before it reached Singh.
Gary Birch was on for Lewis Hayden from the start of the second half and the big striker was right in the action just lofting a screamer over the bar.
Omar Bogle stung the keeper’s hands on 53 minutes from the edge of the 18 yard box and two minutes later Solihull took the lead. The hosts broke down the right flank, Junior English hit a hard pass across the box and Dom Langdon ghosted in to smash home a rare goal for the defender.
Stalybridge hit back but Moors soaked up the relentless pressure to hit Celtic on the break on every possible chance.
With 15 minutes to go, Dior Angus produced a 70 yard run down the right beating three players but his dangerous cross eluded the Moors strikers.
After four minutes added time, the final whistle signalled the end of a dogged performance from both teams.
The win elevates Moors into the top half of the table for the first time this season. A great performance.