Hinckley Utd 1
Solihull Moors 1
HAVING won the first leg of this Blue Square North 1-0 at Damson Park, Solihull were aware that in its five year existence they have never done the double in the usual local derbies home and away on Boxing and New Year’s day.
Bottom of the league Hinckley ensured this unfortunate statistic would prevail for another year.
With a similar side to the one that saw Moors win on Boxing Day - when a Dior Angus goal edged it for Solihull - the visitors were straight out of the blocks and three consecutive corners produced two clear cut chances.
Dior Angus was causing Hinckley all manner of problems and his shot on 15 minutes was just deflected by keeper Robert Peet having another brilliant game for the Knitters.
Dom Langdon met the ensuing corner but Peet was equal to it. Five minutes later a poor clearance was rammed back by Omar Bogle but his shot was wide of the mark. On 22 minutes Jay Denny hit a screamer from 25 yards but again Peet managed a fingertip save.
At the other end, Jas Singh made a brilliant save to deny the home side from a free kick.
On 32 minutes, yet another in swinging corner was met by the head of Stuart Pierpoint but the ball was scrambled off the line.
Then, out of the blue, on the break, substitute Aaron Cole hit a low drive from the edge of the box and the hosts were one up.
Solihull came back with a vengeance and with a minute of the half left saw the ball cleared once again from the Hinckley goal line.
From the re-start, Junior English hit the post and then Darryl Knights went close three minutes later.
A clear penalty shout from Solihull was then dismissed by referee Brooks on 65 minutes before Moors were finally rewarded with a spot kick following a blatant handball – Bogle thundered in their equaliser.
l This Saturday Solihull visit fourth placed Gainsborough Trinity and next Tuesday are away to fifth placed FC Halifax before entertaining Droylsden Saturday week at Damson Park.
l The Christmas period proved a washout for Highgate United with all their festive games cancelled.
On Saturday they face Causeway United at Tythe Barn Lane, kick off 3pm.
Highgate boss Keith Checketts is also planning to add more depth to a depleted squad to deal with the backlog of fixtures going into the New Year.