PLAYING three of the Blue Square North big boys on the bounce was always going to be tough for Solihull Moors.
Throw in the odd injury or SEVEN and the task becomes even harder.
After losing 3-0 at Gateshead last weekend, ten-men Moors crumbled to a 3-1 home defeat at Telford in a fiery encounter on Tuesday night.
Defender Liam Daly was sent off for a reckless challenge after just 28 minutes, and from the resulting free-kick Gavin Cowan fired the Bucks ahead.
Danny Carey-Bertram added a second before Theo Streete pulled one back for the hosts in a first-half that the referee found hard to control.
After the break Moors struggled with a man down and were forced into changes as a malicious elbow on captain Lee Collins left him with a suspected broken cheekbone.
Loanee James O’Brien was also carried off and to rub salt into their wounds Liam Blakeman wrapped up the game with a third goal for Telford.
As a result bruised and battered Moors go into Saturday’s crunch game with Fleetwood Town without eight players.
Leading scorer Jake Edwards is out alongside the likes of Collins, O’Brien, Tim Gould, Mark Gardner, and Carl Motteram.
Peter Faulds will feature and Daly will play his last game before serving a three-match suspension.
Faulkner admitted that he has ‘never known anything like this’ in all his years at the club.
“It’s just getting beyond belief now,” he said about his growing injury list.
“James O’Brien is now out with a badly bruised hip and Lee Collins may have broken his cheekbone.
“I’ve never known anything like this, it just keeps getting worse.
“I go into every game looking to get something out of it, but now it’s got to the point where I find myself hoping to come through it with 11 fit players.
“Our luck has got to change and all credit to the lads for working hard and I couldn’t have asked for any more from them.”