Solihull Moors 3 Vauxhall Motors 2
A CRACKING 20-yard strike from man-of-the-moment Peter Faulds helped Solihull Moors climb out of the Blue Square North relegation zone.
The midfield maestro capped off a fine individual performance with arguably his best ever goal in a Moors shirt as the home side dominated the game throughout.
Motors keeper James Coates produced two excellent first-half saves from Lee Collins and Andy Ducros before a Simon Travis own goal gave the visitors the lead against the run of play on 17 minutes.
However it took only four minutes for Bob Faulkner’s men to level the scores when Ducros pounced on a poor back pass from Alan Griffiths and smashed the ball past the helpless Coates.
Full-back Lee Owens threatened to put Motors back into the lead but his shot was cleared by Travis.
Carl Macauley tried rallying his troops from the touchline but the visitors were clearly struggling to create anything in the final third.
There was no further goal-mouth action until mid-way through the second half when pace-ace Marcus Palmer fired the hosts ahead after the Motors’ backline had failed to clear a Phil Midworth free-kick.
Moors started to take control and on 78 minutes a stunning strike from Faulds flew into the top corner to top off an inspirational performance from the midfielder.
Darren Middleton saw a curling effort sail inches over the bar and Jake Edwards’ late close-range attempt flew agonisingly wide before Anthony Wright notched a consolation for the visitors in the 92nd minute.
But despite picking up three points and moving into 17th place, manager Faulkner was still not satisfied with his shaky defence.
“I’m pleased to get the win, but our defending was atrocious again,” he said.
“The way we let in the second goal was unacceptable and the players know how I feel about it.
“It’s good to get three points but our defence has got to wake up and deal with what is thrown at them.”
However the long-serving boss did reserve some praise for match-winner Faulds.
“Peter was brilliant today. I was really pleased with his performance and he deserved his goal.”