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*Moors unlucky to come away empty handed at second-placed Sutton - by Luke Turner*
PUBLISHED: 10th Mar 18

Solihull Moors suffered a narrow defeat on the road as title chasers Sutton United claimed all three points in a tight encounter at Gander Green Lane.

Tom Bolarinwa’s first-half goal won it for the hosts in a game that saw Adi Yussuf sent off for the visitors.

The Moors started on the front foot with a succession of corners – skipper Darren Carter almost catching Jamie Butler out with two that almost dipped in.

The first chance of the game came for the away side. A long throw-in from Jamey Osborne made its way to the back post to Jermaine Hylton who swung his left boot, but shot straight at Butler.

Osborne was in the thick of the action once again as some great work from Hylton freed up Jamie Reckord down the left, who then teed up the Moors midfielder to strike and force Butler to tip round the post.

In a very physical affair, Carter was next to try his luck as he let fly a shot that was parried to Hylton who couldn’t quite squeeze his effort in from a tight angle.

Paul Doswell’s side then took their turn to trouble the Moors goal as Aswad Thomas whipped in a free-kick that had to be tipped over by Max O’Leary.

The home team took the lead in the 37th minute. A corner was flicked on towards Tom Bolarinwa who acrobatically finished past O’Leary who was left rooted.

With their tails up, it could’ve been two just moments later. This time Craig Eastmond pounced on Fiacre Kelleher’s clearance before striking from outside of the penalty area that forced O’Leary to push wide.

It was then Liam Daly to the rescue as he found himself at the right place to clear a far post header from Thomas off the line as the U’s entered the break with the upper hand.

Half-time: Sutton United 1-0 Solihull Moors

The second-half began as the first one continued throughout – with plenty of physicality and bookings from the referee.

The Moors continued to use Osborne’s long-throw as a weapon, with Kwame Thomas failing to make the most of his opportunity when the ball dropped at his feet by blazing well over.

Two chances in quick succession at opposite ends then came. First, substitute Simon Walton shot to force O’Leary into a smart save from distance, before Osborne picked out Thomas who swivelled in the box before poking a shot towards goal that got blocked.

A mistake in the centre of the pitch from Kelleher was almost punished as Eastmond held the ball up before waiting for runners and setting up Walton who shot straight at Moors’ goalkeeper.

With 15 minutes remaining, Solihull were reduced to 10 men as Yussuf collected a second yellow card for deliberate hand ball.

Moors didn’t let their heads drop and continued to push for an equaliser. Kyle Storer picked up the ball 25 yards out and bent a curling and dipping effort that had to be tipped over by Butler.

A long ball into the box by Daly was then met by his central defensive partner Kelleher, but the birthday boy directed his header straight into the arms of Butler.

Some excellent work from debutant Chris Lait down the left wing almost resulted in an own goal as Moors piled on the pressure.

It wasn’t to be though as, despite a valiant effort, Sutton held on for all three points. Next up for Mark Yates’ men is a trip to Gateshead this Tuesday (13th March) – kick-off 7:45pm.

Sutton United 1-0 Solihull Moors

Sutton United: Butler (GK), Thomas, Collins ©, Davis, Cadogan (Dundas 77), Eastmond, Thomas, Wright (Walton 59), Bolarinwa, Beautyman (Downer 89), Harrison.

Solihull Moors: O’Leary (GK), Carter © (Carline 87), Williams, Storer, Yussuf, Hylton (Reid 64), Thomas, Reckord (Lait 88), Daly, Kelleher, Osborne.

Attendance: 1,990

Seven One Zero Man of the Match                    Liam Daly

Report by Luke Turner

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