Point on the road for Moors...
Solihull Moors stretched their unbeaten run to five matches with a goalless draw at league leaders Stockport County.
It was also a fifth clean sheet on the bounce for the Moors, who had chances to take all three points but also rode their luck at times.
New signing Kyle Hudlin was named on the Moors bench with fellow addition, Justin Donawa, travelling but not included in the final squad.
On his way to another shut-out, Ryan Boot was called into action early on to deny Richie Bennett who firmly met John Rooney’s corner with his head.
Without the injured Adam Rooney, Cameron Archer was leading the line for Jimmy Shan’s side. His pace allowed him to get in behind the Stockport backline, but his attempt to cross for James Ball was blocked.
The Moors did well to withstand a period of applied pressure, as Rooney’s set pieces began to cause problems. Mitch Hancox put his body on the line to block Liam Hogan’s attempt at goal.
But for all the pressure, the Moors were ready to spring a counter-attack. They almost played it to perfection when Archer and Joe Sbarra led the break. The former looked to return the favour to his teammate after being played in wide of the goal – his attempt of a cross was deflected towards goal and somehow cleared off the line when it looked destined to cross the white paint.
As the half grew to a close, the Moors began to take more care of the ball and were patient in their build-up.
After working the ball out wide to Jordan Cranston, the wing-back crossed to the opposite side where Cameron Coxe nodded back across goal to Archer who, leaning back, was unable to keep his header down.
Then, within a matter of minutes, the hosts hit the woodwork twice. First, Bennett was offered too much space and had a pop, only to see it clip the top of the crossbar. Sam Minihan then got the better of his marker down the left and picked out former Moors loanee Alex Reid in the middle. He swung his left boot at it, and Boot could only watch as it rattled off the underside of the bar and away from danger.
Half-time: Stockport County 0-0 Solihull Moors
On his return to Edgeley Park, Ball came close early on in the second half. His free-kick being pushed away by Ben Hinchliffe before he met Cranston’s resulting corner at the near post, only to flick wide of the far.
Moors’ best opportunity came midway through the second half as Archer yet again raced away on the counter. It was three against one for the Moors who had bodies forward. Archer looked to find one of those in the middle, but his crossed deflected and forced Hinchliffe to back-track and tip the ball over his bar.
It was then the turn of Moors’ number one to prove his worth as Reid latched onto a weak header back, only to find Boot in his way to make a smart stop.
The Moors were the more dominant in the final stages, working the ball well and looking for that key opening.
Ultimately it didn’t arrive, but the visitors will be pleased with their night’s work and are back on the road on Saturday – this time they travel to Maidenhead United.
Full-time: Stockport County 0-0 Solihull Moors
Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Williams, Cranston, Storer ©, Sbarra, Coxe, Maycock, Ball (Osborne 72), Carter, Hancox, Archer.
Subs not used: Clayton, Miccio, Piggott, Hudlin.