Hinckley United 1 Solihull Moors 2
SOLIHULL Moors boss Marcus Bignot read the riot act after team staggered to a two-all draw against lowly Blyth Spartans last Saturday - and his words paid dividends two days when they swept aside the challenge from Hinckley United at The Greene King Stadium.
“It was the performance more than anything that got me,” said Bignot. “It felt like a loss; we were fortunate to get a draw and I was looking for a response against Hinckley and I’m really pleased with the way they came back.”
Bignot also rang the changes following the Blyth match, bringing in Danny Spencer to bolster the defence and youngsters Andre Francis and Jordan Fitzpatrick, the former getting the winning goal.
“I’m really pleased with them, the youngsters gave us a lot of legs while Danny allowed us to be more solid at the back.”
The results, four points from a possible six, mean that Solihull sit 12th in the Blue Square North with a top ten finish a distinct possibility.
“We really are at the crossroads and we’re aware of both the consequences of slipping back and pushing on into the top ten, which would be fantastic given the poor start we had to the season.”
Against Hinckley, who have their own relegation worries, Solihull fell behind to an early soft goal but was quickly cancelled out when Stuart Pierpoint headed home a Ryan Beswick kick. From then on the first half belonged to Solihull and they continued in the same vein after the re-start when a Michael Blackwood cross was headed home by Francis.
Against Spartans Solihull looked like a side who thought they’d won the game before stepping out of the changing rooms.
A Dom Langdon goal cancelled out an early strike by the visitors before Blackwood gave Solihull the lead, only for the defence to go missing to gift Spartans an equaliser.
Solihull Moors play seventh placed Altrincham away on Saturday, kick off 3pm.