Solihull Moors 0 Torquay United 1
night saw the re arranged game courtesy of Storm Doris. Torquay started the match 8 points
behind Moors who really needed to pick up three points to help guarantee their
National League Status – occupying the final relegation spot Torquay
had everything to play for. Moors injury list continued to grow with White,
Murombedzi, Sammons and Flanagan all out.
In a lack
lustre first half both teams were doing all they could to avoid conceding a
goal. Regan Charles Cook was up ended in the box in the very first minute but
referee Young saw no infringement – it would be the first of many such tackles
against the Charlton loanee which had bad repercussions right at the end of the
saved well from Luke Young before a long Connor Franklin throw found Carline in
a shooting position but his effort was sky high. At the other end Reid let fly
from 20 yards but Baxter was well placed whilst Joel kettle did well as last
man to thwart a move down the right flank
On the half
hour mark Dapo Afolayan was brought down outside the 18 yard box but Omari
Sterling-James free kick was just wide.
Sparkes tried his luck from an acute angle but Baxter was quickly down
to claim the ball. Kristian Green found Sterling-James in the box, he dribbled
past his defender and put in a sublime cross but there was nobody ready to take
at the interval was appropriate!
minutes of the restart Baxter again got down well to deny Keating whilst
simultaneously play was held up for Afolayan to be treated for what looked like
cramp. That said he was soon up bustling his way into
the box only to be adjudged to have committed a foul on his way. Charles-Cook put in a peach
of a cross which only needed that elusive touch whilst McGinty headed a poorly defended chance from a corner straight at Baxter.
becoming end to end stuff but Moors were not effective in the final third and when
they got forward were getting caught on the break . A
Torquay corner on 65 minutes was driven low but it was skied over the Moors
cross bar whilst Keating shot straight at Baxter after a Torquay breakaway.
visitors made a double substitution on 78 minutes which seemed to put Moors
under more pressure. With Reid and Keating making way for Williams and Harrad,
the visitors had a new ease of life and Solihull were on the back foot as the game
wore on. Andy Brown replaced Sterling –James with 3 minutes of normal
time left and his impact was
immediate although his best effort at goal was cleared before bothering keeper
attack and with one minute of normal time remaining on the clock Torquay broke
away and Moors were unable to deal with a cross into the box which eventually
fell to Dan Sparkes to nod in from close range.
It was heart break again for Moors in the
closing stages of this all important six pointer, a situation made much worse
when Charles-Cook was red carded in added time for a tackle that resulted in
Sparkes being stretchered off.
Solihull did not have a shot on
target in the game, were restricted to only two corners and now find themselves with 6
games left needing to find more points to ensure their survival in the National
League. The result sees them drop to 16th Place from 24 teams.
This Saturday play off contenders Aldershot visit the Automated Technology Stadium
whilst on the following Weekend they are away to second placed Tranmere Rovers.
Franklin, Daly ©, Kettle, Byrne (Sanusi), Green, Maye, Afolayan, Sterling-James
(Brown) Carline, Charles-Cook. Subs not Used; Lewis, Nortey, Coyle
John Clothier Photos
Courtesy of Steve Feeney