AFTER losing an eight-goal thriller against Droylsden at the weekend, Solihull Moors were determined to turn good performances into points against Telford on Tuesday night.
But as it was, a smash and grab by opponents AFC Telford United - coming via a wonder goal - saw the away side take all three points from under Solihull’s nose.
Telford were out of the blocks quicker and lively striker Steve Thompson was close to breaking the deadlock after 20 minutes. An overlapping run by left-back Sean Newton led to a superb cross but thankfully for Solihull commanding centre-half Liam Daly was close by to block the striker’s effort.
Solihull responded and had a great chance to take the lead. Darren Campion’s cross was flicked on well by English, the ball then fell to Peter Faulds but his effort lacked power and Ryan Young saved comfortably.
Whatever was said at half time by both managers must have worked as the second half started a lot brighter than the previous 45 minutes. Moors skipper Lee Downes won possession in Telford’s half and gave the ball to Campion, and although his cross was helped on by Mark Gardner, it didn’t quite reach the unmarked Douglas at the back post.
Telford then began pushing for that elusive goal and if not for ‘keeper Danny Crane they could have been easily in front.
The pressure told though and Telford took the lead after 77 minutes, a corner was punched clear by Crane but Liam Blakeman showed why manager Rob Smith described him as ‘the best midfielder in the league’ with an unstoppable 25-yard strike that whistled past Crane into the top corner.
Solihull looked for a way back into the game without luck, but thought they should have been awarded a penalty late on. English burst into the box and appeared to be tripped but the referee waved away the Solihull protests.