Opening day defeat for Moors...
Solihull Moors saw a dominant first half go to waste as Woking came from behind to take all three points on the opening day of the 2020/21 National League season.
Jamie Ward gave the Moors a deserved lead after 18 minutes, but Woking fought back in the second 45 at the Laithwaite Community Stadium.
The Moors were without injured duo Adam Rooney and Jamey Osborne, but that handed new signing Ward the opportunity to start.
Jimmy Shan’s visitors were comfortable in possession from the outset and, in particular, Cameron Coxe enjoyed space down the right-hand side.
And it was the Wales under-21 international who had the first foray forward. However, after cutting inside, he dragged a left-footed effort wide.
Ward was looking lively as the frontman for Moors and it was his persistence that almost created the opening goal. He robbed the defender of the ball before poking across the goal line, with no one in there to meet it.
The Moors’ bright start rewarded them with a spot-kick as Coxe ventured into the opposing area before going down under the challenge.
Ward stepped up and confidently slotted the ball low and hard past the goalkeeper to give Moors the lead.
Despite their dominance on the ball, the visitors still had to be alert as Woking looked to grow into the game.
First, Alex Gudger was there to flick away a teasing cross before Ryan Boot was called into action as a long-range attempt was tipped over the bar.
Moors were back up the other end with an opening of their own. Coxe tucked the ball in behind for the run of Joe Sbarra who fizzed in a cross and, after deflecting into his path, Ward saw his header palmed wide of the post.
Half-time: Woking 0-1 Solihull Moors
The hosts looked a different outfit as they entered for the second half. The Moors were pressed, had less space and time on the ball was limited.
The equaliser came on 53 minutes as Josh Casey’s corner wasn’t defended and Max Kretzschmar was there to nod home at the back post.
Shan’s side were dealt a blow when Ward was forced off after pulling up chasing a ball down the corridor. Cameron Archer replaced the number 11 after signing for the club on loan just yesterday.
Before the Moors knew it, Woking bagged a second to move into the lead. Some smart attacking play down the left-hand side resulted in the ball rebounding to Kane Ferdinand who calmly tucked home.
It could have been three, but for the flying save of Boot who was there to tip over Charlie Cooper’s deflected free-kick.
Moors found themselves going off-script and were unable to force a way past the Woking rear-guard, with Jordan Cranston coming closest with a curling strike that was well-saved by Craig Ross.
Full-time: Woking 2-1 Solihull Moors
Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Williams, Cranston, Storer ©, Howe, Gudger, Sbarra, Gleeson, Ward (Archer 59’), Coxe, Ball.