September 26th, 2016

League leaders Moors remains on track with lowestoft victory

League leaders Moors remains on track with lowestoft victory League leaders Moors remains on track with lowestoft victory
Updated: 6:35 pm, Mar 16, 2016

A GOAL in either half from Liam Daly and Akwasi Asante earned Solihull Moors a narrow 2-1 victory over Lowestoft Town in the Vanarama National League North, reports John Clothier.

Marcus Bignot fielded almost the same team as the last two outings except Gavin Cowan was in for the suspended Gaz Dean and it was the home side who made the better start with Andy Brown heading wide from  a Connor Franklin throw.

Lowestoft showed their intent with Henderson volleying close from a free kick before Danny Lewis was called into action to save a one-on-one with Reed.

Moors should have done better when Ryan Beswick found Brown in the box but his shot was ruled offside and on 15 minutes the dangerous Henderson launched a screamer from 25 yards producing a great save from Lewis who just managed to palm the shot away for a corner.

Solihull took the lead on 17 minutes when Knights’ free kick found Nottingham in space on the right flank and he beat his man before cutting inside and putting a glorious cross onto head of Daly who headed home.

It could have been two when Franklin crossed into the box but the shot needed more power and Jack Byrne’s through ball to Asante was easily taken by Killip.

Lewis was faced with his second one-on-one with Reed but as the striker lobbed from eight yards Lewis was right on him to quickly grab the ball.

Nottingham shot over from ten yards out and Brown headed goalwards from Asante’s chip but Killip was equal to it and the keeper did well again to deny Byrne’s effort at goal.

Almost from the kick-off Moors extended their lead when again Nottingham battled his way down the right before his cross cleared the Town defence to find Asante roaring into the box and hitting the ball past the advancing Killip with the outside of his right foot.

Asante almost turned provider on 53 minutes when a low drive eluded Killip but as Brown slid in he was inches away from connecting.

Lowestoft to there credit were far from beaten and Solihull were under pressure when in the 62nd minute Gavin Cowan attempted a header back to Lewis but instead found Crowe who gratefully slotted the ball beyond the stranded keeper.

Jimmy Armson replaced Knights and Darren Byfield was on for the tiring Asante as Moors again started to look more dangerous up front and with six minutes left Beswick went just wide as Byfield set him up in the 18 yard area.

Nevertheless it was hearts in the mouth time as the clock ticked away and Moors conceded two free kicks perilously on the 18 yard line but both were cleared and Moors survived a late penalty cry and four minutes of added on time to secure another league win.

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