SIMON Redhead believes the pressure is well and truly on the chasing pack after Solihull Moors bounced back to winning ways at Curzon Ashton on Monday evening to move six points clear at the top of the National League North.
Moors had tasted a rare defeat at home to play-off chasing Tamworth on Saturday but they bounced back in the best possible fashion by beating Curzon 3-1 thanks to goals from Akwasi Asante, Andy Brown and James Armson.
Another three points on the road moved Moors six points ahead of second-placed Harrogate Town and they are now ten points in front of third-placed Nuneaton Town.
Assistant manager Redhead was delighted to get back to winning ways but he is under no illusions that this Saturday’s home clash against Gainsborough will be a tough test.
He said: “Of course the whole squad was very happy with the outcome of Monday’s visit to Curzon Ashton.
“They are a good footballing side and we knew they would get the ball wide and exert pressure on us.
“Notwithstanding that the sending off was a game changer, there was a sense of achievement not just in winning but because it puts pressure on the chasing pack.
“We continue to take every game as it comes and at this stage of the season all the players fully understand the need to get something from every match.
“Yes we played very well at Gainsborough’s ground and scored at the right times but they will have learned from that and tactically I expect them to approach this game in a very different manner; they will try to spoil our rythem by packing the mid field.
“They will be hard to break down and so we must be patient in our build ups, maintain the right tempo and exert maximum concentration.”
After a fairly even start on Monday evening it was Curzon who almost went in front on 13 minutes when they were awarded a free kick which was cleared to Warburton who struck the bar before the ball was cleared.
The game changed when Ryan Brooke was red carded for two bookable offences and Moors almost made them pay before the break when with almost the last kick of the half Knights’ in-swinging corner was headed off the line.
The deadlock was broken shortly after half-time when Akwasi Asante beat Burton with a powerful shot but a lack of concentration at the back allowed Cockerline to pull the home side level.
Moors got their noses in front again on 63 minutes when Liam Daly put a long ball through to Michael Nottingham who delivered a precision pass in to the box for Brown to head in number two
Darryl Knights had a chance to extend the lead when he got on the end of Dean’s through ball but the shot lacked power.
Marcus Bignot introduced Armson late on and he made an immediate impression eight minutes from time by ramming home Moors’ third and final goal after some neat build up play by Knights and Brown.
Admission costs for this Saturday’s clash are £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and 12 to 15-year-olds and is free for under-12s when accompanied by a paying adult. Season Ticket holders from Aston Villa, Birmingham City, West Brom, Coventry and Walsall can enter for half price.