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Solihull Moors 2 Gateshead 0

SEVEN games ago serious doubts were cast as to whether Solihull Moors could survive in the Blue Square North.

SEVEN games ago serious doubts were cast as to whether Solihull Moors could survive in the Blue Square North.

Dumped out of the Birmingham Senior Cup by lowly Rushall Olympic, and staring relegation in the face, anxious fans began to fear for their club’s future.

But a 2-0 victory over Workington in what Bob Faulkner described as a ‘must-win game’ sparked a mini-revival which turned into a giant leap last weekend when Moors beat league leaders Gateshead.

In all honesty their unbeaten run, was never in doubt despite Gateshead starting with the league’s hottest strike force of Lee Novak and Graeme Armstrong.

And one must wonder just how many goals James McPike and Mark Gardner would produce if they were paired together for a season.

The duo were both on the scoresheet last weekend as Gardner came off the bench with 20 minutes remaining to change the game.

In the first half McPike was unlucky not be awarded a penalty before man-of-the-match Theo Streete cleared an Armstrong effort off the line.

The centre-half had a busy afternoon at the back but once again prevented Armstrong from a free run at goal with a last-ditch tackle after the break.

Faulkner had seen enough on 70 minutes and threw on Gardner in place of Jake Edwards and with his first touch of the game he put through McPike who was thwarted by Jim Provett in between the sticks.

From the resulting corner McPike smashed in the opener and as Gateshead attempted to fight back midfielder Kris Gate drove a Wayne Phillips cross over the bar.

Gaps appeared in the away side’s defence late on in the game and Scott Rickards put in fellow substitute Gardner who skipped past Provett to squeeze in the killer goal.

Tomorrow Moors face fellow strugglers Farsley Celtic who have won once in ten outings - a 2-1 success over Hinckley last weekend.

 

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