ON THE day that manager Marcus Bignot received his manager of the month award his Solihull Moors side cruised to their seventh win in nine league matches at home to Hyde.
Moors cemented their position in the play-offs thanks to a 3-0 win over the league’s bottom-placed side at the Autotech Stadium on Saturday.
Hyde had taken just seven points from their 15 games this season and came up against an in-form Moors side who came close to taking the lead early on but Darren Byfield’s shot whistled wide of the upright.
But on eight minutes the deadlock was broken when Jordan Gough crossed for Ryan Beswick to unleash a thunderbolt volley in off the cross bar.
Liam Daly headed wide and visiting goalkeeper Thewlis produced a fine save to deny Byfield on 19 minutes as the hosts pressed for a second.
On the half hour mark the dangerous Bentham closed in on a high ball over the Moors defence but Tony Breeden was out of this box in a flash to head away to safety.
Solihull could well have extended their lead as half-time approached when dead ball specialist Beswick curled in a free kick from just outside the 18 yard box which clipped the cross bar and Omar Bogle was foiled by a smart save.
It was Moors looking dangerous again after the restart when Knights cut the ball back for Bogle to shoot straight at the keeper and they had Breeden to thank at the other end on the hour mark when he produced a fine save from Bentham.
But within seconds Solihull doubled their advantage after good play between Beswick and Byfield saw the latter curl the ball into the six yard box and sail untouched into the left-hand corner for goal number two.
With 15 minutes remaining the result was put beyond doubt when Kinghts out-fooled the goalkeeper with a clever free kick to make it 3-0.
Manager Bignot made good use of his substitutions as Solihull defied a late surge from Hyde with Daly clearing off the line on 85 minutes and Breeden produced two point blank saves as the clock ticked away.
The victory cements Moors third place in the league and they must now ready themselves for an away fixture with Bradford Park Avenue on November 15.
Liam Daly and Alex McQuade challenge for possession. (s) Photo by Mark Bonelle