A dominant display from the Moors saw them pick up all three points against Torquay United on Tuesday evening.

A brilliant strike from Andrew Dallas in the first half ensured Solihull led at half time, after numerous opportunities created by the hosts.

Fresh after claiming his fifth goal of the season and a place in the Vanarama National League Team of the Week on Saturday, in-form Joe Sbarra secured Moors the win at the SportNation.bet Stadium.

Team News

Neal Ardley made three changes to his starting 11 that won on Saturday, with Matt Preston, Danny Newton and Justin Donawa coming into the side, replacing Tyrone Williams, Lois Maynard and Ryan Barnett respectively.

Williams and Maynard joined Adam Rooney and Harry Boyes on the bench, which also included James Ball who made his return from injury.

Barnett was out with a shoulder injury he picked up at Aldershot.

The Match

Moors welcomed Gary Johnson’s Gulls, following their first win of the season against Aldershot Town on Saturday.

It was an even start between both sides in terms of possession, with Moors looking the livelier in the final third. Donawa was denied by the woodwork early in the first half, with Dallas’ rebound then saved by Mark Halstead. A superb effort by Newton from 20 yards out again found the woodwork, hitting the crossbar on the 10-minute mark.

Moors gave the ball away in their own half, allowing the visitors to create pressure in the penalty area, however Callum Howe made an important block to deny Connor Lemonheigh-Evans. Torquay enjoyed a short spell of possession, but Moors responded with Donawa trying to feed the ball into Sbarrra but was denied by Halstead.

Jordan Cranston stood over a free kick for the Moors, curling it into the box. Halstead punched it away, with Moors now finding themselves dominating. The home sides’ pressure paid off just after the half-hour mark, with Dallas firing the ball into the top corner to secure his third of the season and giving Moors a 1-0 lead.

A great run from Newton saw him fly past Ben Wynter before squaring the ball to Callum Maycock, who miskicked the ball. It eventually fell to Donawa, who fired it over the top of the crossbar.

Sbarra nearly added to his five-goal tally minutes before half time, but his effort went narrowly wide of the post. The visitors had an opportunity just before half time with Gabriel Rogers’ free kick, which was comfortably saved by Boot, meaning the Moors went into half time with a deserved 1-0 lead.

Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Torquay United

Torquay started the second half with a change, with Marcin Brzozowski replacing Halstead in goal. The home side got the game underway before shortly doubling their lead. A brilliant team goal saw Newton play in Dallas, who returned the ball back to Newton. It was then fed it to in-form Sbarra, who slotted it home for Solihull.

Sbarra had an opportunity to get his second of the game, before it was sent behind for a corner. The home side’s pressure forced Torquay into making a double substitution, as they tried to gain control of the game.

The first change of the evening came for Moors in the 77th minute, with Ball replacing Sbarra.

Klaidi Lolos, a substitute for the visitors, pulled a goal back in the 80th minute, beating Boot inside the penalty area. Moors, who had controlled large periods of the game now had everyone behind the ball, as Torquay began to enjoy possession in Solihull’s half.

A rather nervy few minutes in the closing stages of the game saw a large penalty appeal from the visitors, but referee Alan Dale blew his whistle in favour of Moors. As four additional minutes were announced, Williams came on in replace of Donawa.

Goals in both halves saw Moors do enough to claim back-to back victories, with the home side looking forward to welcoming high flying Boreham Wood on Saturday.

Full time: Solihull Moors 2-1 Torquay United

Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Cranston, Storer ©, Howe, Gudger, Sbarra, (Ball 77), Maycock, Donawa, (Williams 90+1), Dallas, Preston, Newton.

Subs not used: Rooney, Boyes, Maynard.

Attendance: 1,232 (212 away)

Report by Millie Frain

Image by Richard King