SIX goals, a sending off and a brawl in the tunnel. Moors’ weekend trip to AFC Telford was certainly an eventful one.
Within the first two minutes Moors had a credible penalty claim waved away by the referee after Adam Cunnington went down in the area. Telford then went straight up the other end only to have a goal disallowed for offside.
The hosts had not lost a game all season and a tight defence had conceded just four goals, after Adam Proudlock netted after 10 minutes it looked like it would be game over for Moors.
Moors showed courage to get back into the game however, and 10 minutes later Simon Johnson found the back of the net after Junior English’s shot was blocked.
Just after the half-hour mark Cunnington was the victim of a horrific challenge from Telford’s Phillip John, leaving the referee no option but to produce a red card.
With the home bench furious with the decision there was trouble in the tunnel as the teams went in for the break, and as a result Telford manager Andy Sinton and Moors’ assistant manager Mick Moore were both sent to the stands for the second half.
A partisan crowd made it difficult for the Moors but the young side responded excellently. A tricky run from Beswick on the left followed by a fine ball found Junior English who gave Moors the lead.
Theo Streete put another past the ten men of Telford to give the Moors a two-goal advantage.
As the home side found it difficult to control their temperament Greg Mills was lucky to escape without a card for a reckless tackle on Phil Midworth.
Moors were enjoying their advantage of the promotion hopefuls but wasted chances to put the game to bed, Adam Proudlock took advantage of some dozey defending to put Telford right back in the game.
The Shropshire side poured forward in search of an equaliser, desperate Moors defending preventing them from finding it.
Ryan Beswick provided relief with a well deserved goal, but the drama was far from over. Telford had a chance to get something from the game when they were awarded a penalty with minutes to go. However Adam Singh in the Moors goal saved Proudlock’s spot kick and guaranteed the points for Moors.
THE MOORS’ midweek trip to North Warwickshire was lacking in the excitement seen at Telford, and unfortunately for Moors they left pointless.
Bob Faulkner’s side will have felt they deserved at least a draw after outperforming their hosts in the first half, however some wayward attacking in the second half scuppered any chance of the points.
It was Moors who went ahead on 18 minutes, Junior English’s through ball finding Henry Eze who shrugged off the attention of two defenders to finish.
Nuneaton hit back within three minutes when Moors failed to clear a corner, Kyle Storer taking full advantage to net an equaliser.
A second half penalty for Nuneaton was enough to claim all three points. Despite Solihull applying pressure the visitors could not muster a shot on target.
Overall Moors will be pleased with three points from two away games at promotion hopefuls.
This Saturday they have a home tie against Worcester City, kick off 3pm.