Solihull Moors 2 Oxford City 2
A GOAL from Aron Wint with almost the last kick of the match salvaged a draw for Solihull in a real physical battle between two well-matched teams in the Skrill North on Tuesday night.
The squads were close to identical in colours too.
Oxford’s away all-gold shirts and shorts clashed with Moors’ yellow and blue to such an extent that the referee insisted the visitors used their home shirts of blue and white hoops, albeit with yellow shorts. But even then it still looked confusing for players and fans alike.
Oxford edged the opening 15 minutes but neither side managed any goal-bound efforts.
The closest either side came was when Solihull’s Jas Singh saved from Aldi Skendi from virtually point-blank range just before the break.
Wint replaced the injured Ryan Beswick from the start of the second half and on 52 minutes Oxford had the ball in the net but it was ruled offside.
Moors hit back and on 56 minutes Omar Bogle got on the end of a precision pass and, under pressure, side footed the ball into the net.
But Oxford still looked dangerous and equalised on 72 minutes. Singh parried a shot but had no chance as Symonds crashed in the rebound.
On 77 minutes a goal-line scramble prevented Oxford from going ahead but Moors were on the back foot and only a miraculous save from Singh with five minutes remaining kept the score level.
The visitors looked to have won it with just a minute left as Moors failed to clear a free kick and Willmott was left unattended on the right hand post to slot the ball home. Cue Wint’s moment of glory as he collected the ball on the edge of the 18 yard box and curled his shot over the keeper for the equaliser.
On Saturday Solihull had the perfect start to the season, beating newly-promoted Guiseley 3-0 away from home, the goals coming from Jordan Gough and two from Bogle.
This Saturday they face Histon at home, kick off 3pm.