Corby 2 Solihull Moors 3
THERE are some clubs we just love playing and Corby is top of the list – in our seven encounters to date Solihull have won all but one. Moreover their new stadium is a pleasure to visit even on a freezing cold night last Wednesday.
Corby started brightly and dominated the opening stages and on 14 minutes were rewarded with a fluky goal when a scrambled clearance rebounded off a Moors defender and Moreman who otherwise would have been off side, tapped the ball in.
Danny Spencer was brought off following a gash to his leg, to be replaced by Luke Connolly and within seconds Solihull broke through the Corby defence with Gary Birch producing a wonder goal from 15 yards.
The balance of play had now shifted in Solihull’s favour – Birch went close on 24 minutes, whilst Ryan Beswick was a whisker away with shots on 28 and 30 minutes. Dior Angus was close and on 36 minutes the second Solihull goal arrived – Birch held the ball up before laying it to Beswick who unleashed an unstoppable drive into the net.
Darryl Knights was on for Angus and on the hour a trademark Beswick free kick for a Junior English overhead shot was close but the game was put to bed on 70 minutes when Birch, pictured, collected a cross from Beswick before threading back to the incoming Knights who smashed the ball home from 18 yards for number three.
Corby hit back immediately and Jas Singh saved a superb effort from Semple within a minute of the goal. The hosts could make no headway until a minute into stoppage time when they scrambled home a consolation goal from Piergianni.
The win elevated Solihull Moors to ninth in the Blue Square Bet North league.
Solihull were due to play Harrogate Town at home last night, and face Oxford City away on Saturday, March 30 and Gloucester City on Easter Monday, also away.