DESPITE losing their first two games of the season, Solihull Moors believe that they can turn things around – and get some points on the board.
Staff and players at the club believe there have been enough ‘positives’ from their opening fixtures to suggest the Moors will soon pick up their first victory.
On the opening day of the Blue Square North season – which is a step behind the Football Conference – Solihull lost to highly-rated Fleetwood Town.
Playing at home last Saturday, the Moors did more than enough to get a point from the game, yet were left with nothing, after losing 2-1.
In that game the visitors made the better start, although it was Solihull who scored first – only for the goal to be disallowed, after striker Jake Edwards had a ‘Maradona’ moment, and put the ball into the net with his hand.
The Moors had a few good chances before Fleetwood scored two goals after half an hour, seeing the visitors take a 2-0 lead into half time.
Solihull came out strong in the second, with their goalkeeper, Daniel Crane, a mere spectator. The Moors got a goal back on the hour, when forward Junior English scored with a spectacular overhead kick – yet despite throwing all, but the kitchen sink at their opponents, they failed to get the crucial equalizer.
On Tuesday night the Moors faced Alfreton Town – who are now top of the league – at the Impact Arena.
An entertaining first half saw both teams draw a blank, despite Theo Streete hitting the woodwork with a header, and Tim Gould’s set pieces causing havoc for Alfreton.
In the second half, poor defending at the back saw Alfreton striker, Liam Hearn, open the scoring after only three minutes.
The Moors battled well after going behind, but two late goals – one by Hearn in the 81st, and
another from midfielder, Anton Brown, in the 87th – killed them off.
Despite getting nothing out of their first two games, Moors’ striker and the club’s commercial manager, Jake Edwards, said results will come: “The two games we’ve played so far show we’ve had a lack of concentration for the full 90 minutes – we’re just not matching the opposition for the whole game.
“But we’ve played some good football, and the game against Alfreton was a good game to watch. We could’ve had six goals each in the first half!
“Overall we’re not too worried, there’s a long, long way to go. We’ve seen many pleasing aspects, but we’ve got to build up our match fitness, and nail a few things down in training.
“It was disappointing to lose both games – we should really have been celebrating a win, and a draw.” The Moors are away to Northwich Victoria on Saturday (3pm).