Solihull Moors 2 Droylsden 1
MARK Gardner stole the show on Tuesday as he came off the bench to bag two late goals for Solihull Moors.
Manager Bob Faulkner praised the 25-year-old before the game and admitted that the livewire could be a valuable addition when he is fully fit.
“I watched him when he was on trial at Stafford Rangers and he scored a hat-trick,” said Faulkner.
“He’s got goals in him and once he’s fully up and running I’m sure he will prove that.”
Moors were desperate to win their game in hand and distance themselves from the Blue Square North drop-zone.
But Droylsden travelled to Damson Park unbeaten away from home and full of confidence after earning a battling 0-0 draw in the FA Cup against League Two outfit Darlington.
The game looked to be heading in the same direction as many others have for Moors this season when Jamie Mcguire gave the visitors a second half lead against the run of play.
But full credit must go to Faulkner who replaced Jake Sedgemore and Jason Moore with Gardner and Marcus Palmer.
It had immediate effect as Gardner scrambled in an equaliser after Liam Daly’s shot crashed off the bar.
And as brother Craig welcomed a call-up to the England under-21 squad, Mark also had reason to celebrate as he fired in the winner from Andy Ducros’ cross with eight minutes remaining.
The win followed a disappointing 2-2 draw against Hyde United last Saturday when goals from Daly and Moore were not enough to record a win.
Tomorrow Faulkner will be hoping for more of the same from his side when they travel to Derbyshire to take on Alfreton Town.