Sat Feb 21: Solihull Moors 2 Fleetwood Town 2
Tues Feb 24: Vauxhall Motors 2 Solihull Moors 2
EVER-improving Solihull Moors wasted the chance to distance themselves from the relegation zone as they let a two-goal lead slip against Vauxhall Motors on Tuesday night.
Darren Middleton put the visitors ahead in the first half and Jake Edwards added a second after the break but the experienced duo’s strikes were cancelled out by goals from Alan Griffiths and Lee Furlong.
The late slip-up cost Moors two priceless points but manager Bob Faulkner was full of praise for his side.
“I’ve got to give credit to the lads because they played really well at a very tough place to play.
“On their own patch they are a formidable side who play good football and both Tamworth and Southport have struggled up there.
“Carl’s (Macauley) done well to turn things around but we should have killed them off in the first half.
“We’ve paid the price for not taking our chances and getting the third goal which we had two glorious opportunities to do so.
“Junior English has headed straight into the goalkeeper’s hands and Jake Edwards missed a good chance. Add that to the penalty we should have had and the game would have been over.
“But we’re unbeaten in three, and I’m happy with the point.”
Moors may have slipped up in Ellesmere Port but they were thankful of a goalkeeping blunder last weekend that gifted them a point at Damson Park.
Fleetwood Town stopper Danny Hurst spilled a Peter Faulds cross into the path of Lee Downes who tapped home an 86th minute equaliser.
But again the game should have been wrapped up after the first 45 minutes as Moors were guilty of wasting a hatful of chances that would have put the game beyond doubt.
Waide Fairhurst smashed in the opener after a long throw-in from Simon Travis.
But the on-loan Doncaster forward then screwed his shot wide when through on goal and strike partner Edwards also missed the target with only the keeper to beat.
After the break Ricky Mercer drew the visitors level on 56 minutes and then Chris Williams’s curled effort put them into the lead.
But with time running out Hurst’s howler allowed Downes to level the scores.
Second-placed Tamworth visit Damson Park tomorrow and Faulkner is hoping for a shock result.
“We shouldn’t be in this league if we don’t believe we can get something out of every game,” he said.
“It will be hard against Tamworth but they are always tight games between us and always enjoyable.
“The players are always well up for the big games as well.”
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