Solihull Moors 0
Bishops Stortford 1
ON a cold, wet and blustery Tuesday night, Solihull Moors hoped to both bounce back from the 1 – 0 defeat at Bradford and also exact retribution for the hammering they received from Bishops Stortford back in September. In the event they achieved neither but not for want of trying.
Moors took the game to their visitors from the outset, but ominously The Bishops looked dangerous on the break and went close on five minutes with a shot just over the bar.
On 12 minutes, a cross from the right eluded every single player in the box when only a tap in was needed to give Stortford the lead.
Moors were using both flanks to attack, Ryan Beswick in particular causing all manner of problems with probing runs. His cross on 16 minutes opened up the home defence and midway through the half his pass to Darren Knights resulted in a stinging shot, well held by the Stortford goalkeeper.
The restart saw Solihull push forward again and on 59 minutes two corners in succession both saw them go close.
However The Bishops, having cleared the second corner, broke down the centre and in three quick passes the ball was at the feet of substitute Steve Cawley who from 12 yards slotted the ball beyond Jas Singh into the net.
Solihull retaliated immediately but Knights’ 62 minute effort although powerful was well held by the keeper.
Michael Blackwood replaced Danny Spencer and Dior Angus was on for Knights which re-emphasised Moors intentions of stretching their visitors down both wings. Birch’s goal-bound effort was tipped over, as was Beswick’s shot on 75 minutes.
Blackwood was wide from 18 yards on 82 minutes and almost immediately Keenah Rosser hit the side netting after a fine run down the right.
In the four minutes of added time Jay Denny opened up Stortford’s defence as Beswick came in for the kill but it was not to be Moors night as his volley sailed over the bar to end a disappointing night.
On Saturday Solihull Moors play Vauxhall Motors at home, ko 3pm.