SOLIHULL Moors wasted a glorious opportunity to cement their position in the Blue Square North playoffs after a disappointing goalless draw away at local rivals Redditch United.
Mickey Moore’s side had all the possession but rarely threatened the basement boys who had conceded 90 league goals prior to Tuesday’s encounter.
A large away following cheered on the Moors but there was no way past a resolute Redditch defence who held out to pick up just their eighth point of the season.
At the final whistle the away side left deflated while the supporters departed feeling like they had lost the game.
But a heavy defeat for their play-off rivals Guiseley made the result bizarrely look like a point gained.
Midfield maestro Alex Price said it was a frustrating game.
“It’s always disappointing not to win against your rivals but more importantly three points could have put us in a great position to make the play offs,” he said.
“For a young team they defended really well and although we had possession everything we threw at them they dealt with. We just couldn’t create enough chances.”
Last week Moors’ 18-game unbeaten run was ended by table toppers Alfreton Town, and another away defeat followed at Guiseley last Saturday.
They had the perfect opportunity to make amends when they faced Redditch.
Full credit must go to the hosts for the way they defended throughout.
Matty Smith, the league’s third top goalscorer, looked off the pace and it seemed to affect the rest of the team.
Midfield duo Price and Junior English battled well but were no match for Redditch’s Tom Warmer.
The former West Bromwich Albion midfielder inspired his team to a well-earned point and his all-action display made him the stand-out performer on the night.
A disappointing first half saw Moors restricted to long range efforts - Simon Johnson coming the closest on 25 minutes.
On 68 minutes English blazed over from eight yards out then Adam Wood deflected Sam Adkins effort over the bar minutes later.
Moors pushed and probed but struggled to unlock the Redditch defence.
Moors now have five games remaining to stay in the play-offs starting with Alfreton on Saturday at Damson Park.