A SEVEN-GOAL thriller which went the way of AFC Solihull left manager Jon Hill hailing the positive mentality of his side after running out 4-3 winners against FC Shush.
Ollie Parsons’ hat-trick and one from Simeon Campbell handed AFC a fourth win of the Division Three campaign in the Midland Football League, pushing them up to tenth.
Speaking after the second away success of the season, Hill said: “I was delighted with our application today and the mental strength shown throughout.
“We were excellent on the ball and were a constant threat going forward – I hope this will help us to continue to climb the table now.”
It was the hosts who opened the scoring when Tom Howes headed home from a corner kick on 14 minutes, before Parsons struck his first from range to level 11 minutes later.
The equaliser was the last of the scoring in the first half, so the goal frenzy that followed in the second came as a surprise to everyone present at Lugtrout Lane.
Solihull went in front for the first time when Niall McDuff’s mazy run set up Parsons to slide the ball home from close range, allowing the visitors to go on the offensive in a bid to assure themselves of victory.
It looked to be game, set and match when Campbell capitalised on a defensive mistake to give AFC a two-goal cushion with 25 minutes left to play.
But FC Shush benefitted from some fresh legs from the bench and pulled a goal back through Chris Noonan with ten minutes to play.
Parsons appeared to put the game to bed once and for all after latching onto Steven Boyce’s cross-field pass to finish off a swift counter attack and seal his hat-trick with five minutes remaining.
The strike was enough to give Solihull victory in spite of Jamie Fisher’s late consolation from a dead ball in the 90th minute.
Next up for Hill’s side is a home game against second-bottom Castle Vale Town on Saturday (2pm).