A MAD ten minutes against Hinckley on Saturday may have put paid to Moors’ play offs ambitions but it’s still been a phenomenal season for the Damson Park outfit says manager Micky Moore.
And on Saturday, they’ll be aiming to end the football year on a high when they take on Gainsborough Town at home.
“Looking back over the past five or six years, we have always finished in the bottom six or seven,” said Moore.
“This year from day one we haven’t been out of the top ten - we went on an 18 game unbeaten run equalling the league record, sold two players for the first time in the club’s history and until last weekend were in contention for the play offs.
“Then add in the fact that we’ve had international recognition with Matt Smith being called up for England C - the non league squad - so it’s been a fantastic season.
“Obviously there have been bad moments too, we lost our manager, Bob Faulkner, but the team pulled together. Now we’re looking to end the season on a high against Gainsborough.”
Moors were left stunned by Hinckley United when, despite taking the lead twice through Charlie O’Loughlin and Matt Smith, they were 5-2 down at the end of a crazy first half.
They stabilised in the second half but by then the game was gone, leaking a further two goals for good measure.
With their play off hopes in tatters, Moors failed to raise their game for the match on Easter Monday away at Eastwood Town.
Moore made five changes: out went Charlie O’Loughlin, Joe Clarke, Matt Smith, Joel Grandison and Dom Langdon. In came Alex Price, Lee Ayres, Ross Dempster, and Emeka. Junior English returned from suspension.
Moors again went in front by virtue of a great Simon Johnson goal but then a controversial penalty gave the home side a chance to equalise. Jasbir Singh saved the spot kick but the rebound was slotted home.
With Moors playing all the football Town, who looked dangerous on the break, managed to sneak a shot off the post past Singh to seal the game.
Despite this there were many positives; Henry Eze, playing alongside Lee Ayres as centre-back gave a man of the match performance while Emeka was a lively threat up front the whole game.
Moore is also promising to ring the changes against Gainsborough as he gives his young squad the once over before the season ends.
Solihull Moors play Gainsborough Town at Damson Park this Saturday, April 30, kick off 3pm.