17th Jul, 2019

AFC Solihull stay top after Ajax draw

Ben Tyler 8th Jan, 2019

AFC SOLIHULL stayed on top of their perch in the Midland Football League Division 3 after a 2-2 draw with second placed Central Ajax on Saturday.

The visitors struck first after just seven minutes when the unmarked Jordan Lewis was picked out by Matt Trinders’ cross, denied by the initial header, but firing the rebound past Solihull keeper Dan Wright.

Solihull were below par but had top scorer Dan Hamer to thank for bringing them level, turning past a defender and unleashing a strike that nestled in the bottom corner.

But there was no stepping Central Ajax’s Sam Smith from thundering a 30 yard free-kick into the top corner to regain the lead for his side before half-time.

A couple of half-time changes appeared to be just the remedy that Solihull needed to change their fortunes, and within minutes of the restart were on level terms – an overhead kick from Hamer struck the post, falling to substitute Joel Hughes to convert the rebound.

Solihull were a linesman’s ruling away from taking the lead, after Andy Matthews challenged the Ajax keeper for a bouncing ball, before finishing from a tight angle, but the official judged a foul to have been committed.

Matthews would strike the post ten minutes later to add to his frustration, but Solihull were unable to take the lead for the first time and were forced to settle for a draw, albeit a result that keeps them above their title rivals.

AFC Solihull now face a visit to another promotion challenger in Bartestree on Saturday (2pm).

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