Moors Run League Leaders Close...
Moors rallied late but suffered a 2-1 home defeat against National League leaders Torquay United at the SportNation.bet Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Defender Alex Gudger’s instinctive strike gave the hosts a lifeline deep into stoppage time as Jimmy Shan's men did their utmost to recover from a two-goal deficit.
Asa Hall’s first-half penalty had put Torquay into the lead before Gulls striker Billy Waters finished off a quick counter-attacking move to double their advantage in the second half.
Late drama saw the visitors reduced to ten men after keeper Shaun MacDonald had received his marching orders for a second yellow after a foul on Kyle Hudlin.
In a promising start for the Moors, early chances fell to Adam Rooney and Callum Maycock but both saw their efforts narrowly miss the target.
Shan’s men were on top but were dealt a setback when Kyle Howkins was deemed to have handled in the area, Hall stepped up to bury the spot-kick and put the Gulls into the lead.
A tough blow but it didn’t knock Moors out of their stride, Joe Sbarra almost responding immediately, his shot whistling past the angle after neat play from Cameron Coxe.
Moors had been knocking at the door but that clinical edge was found wanting and trailed their opponents 1-0 at the break.
Kyle Hudlin was introduced at half-time and the forward made a difference, giving the hosts a renewed impetus but on the hour mark, Torquay hit their second of the game.
On the counter, Connor Lemonheigh-Evans played in Waters who stepped inside the defender to curl his shot beyond Ryan Boot and into the corner.
The goal didn’t halt Moors’ endeavour to get back into the game but they found it difficult to break down a stubborn away defence.
And when the backline was breached, the woodwork came to the rescue as substitute Justin Donawa’s late acrobatic effort came back off the crossbar.
But there was to be a late twist. Howkins’ long ball over the top had Hudlin in a foot race with MacDonald, the striker beat the keeper to the ball but ended up clattered.
MacDonald saw red, substitute stopper James Hamon was introduced and was soon to be picking Gudger’s close-range finish out of the net.
A late siege from Moors followed but the equaliser didn't materialise as Shan's men narrowly lost out to Gary Johnson's table-topping side.
Solihull Moors: Boot; Coxe, (Usher-Shipway, 63) Howkins, Cameron (Donawa, 83) Gudger, Cranston; Storer, Gleeson (Hudlin, 46); Maycock, Sbarra; Rooney
Subs Not Used: Clayton, Piggott
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