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28th Mar 17
Solihull Moors 0 Torquay United 1
Gulls Flying High as Moors Succumb to Last Minute Sucker Punch

Solihull Moors 0 Torquay United 1 Attendance857

Tuesday 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 game.

Nathan Baxter 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 advantage

 

Goal less at the interval was appropriate!

Within 6 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.

 

It was 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.

The 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 Moore.

 

From that 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.

Baxter, Franklin, Daly ©, Kettle, Byrne (Sanusi), Green, Maye, Afolayan, Sterling-James (Brown) Carline, Charles-Cook. Subs not Used; Lewis, Nortey, Coyle

 

Report from John Clothier                  Photos Courtesy of Steve Feeney

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