SOLIHULL Moors were denied a crucial win on the road after an 88th-minute goal resulted in a 2-2 draw against Boreham Wood in the National League.
Moors went ahead twice through Nathan Blissett and Adi Yussuf, but were pegged back each time after failing to kill off the game.
Tim Flowers was very much upbeat after the game, despite having to stomach the killer blow late in the proceedings.
“A year and a half ago we would’ve been ripping your hand off for a point here and I’m certainly not disappointed with it.
“Any point on the road is a big one in the National League.
“First-half was competitive with little quality, I didn’t think either side showed any real quality, but a hell of a lot of endeavor.
“We were better second-half and created more chances, we had a chance to put the game to bed before that sucker punch at the end.
“It would’ve been a colossal three points on the road, having said that, never disrespect a point in football.
“We have to try and cement that point on Saturday.”
A breakthrough on nine minutes for Moors was the perfect start.
Yussuf drifted a ball through to Blissett, who was fortuitous to see his effort saved by keeper George Legg, but ricochet off Jamal Fyfield and the post into the net.
The hosts levelled just after the mid-way point of the first-half, as Ralston Gabriel headed home from close-range from a corner kick, sending the sides in level at the break.
Flowers’ side came very close to re-taking the lead moments into the second-half, when Kyle Storer’s diagonal free-kick picked out Blissett, who’s volleyed effort into the turf was tipped over by Legg.
The same duo worked another move, this time the header from Blissett flashed narrowly past the far post.
Jamey Osborne drove a cross low into the box to match the run of Yussuf, but he was superbly denied by Legg.
Down the other end, Shaibu capitalised on a mistake by Alex Gudger, but by the time he cracked a shot at goal, Liam Daly was there to get across to block.
A crucial second goal arrived with twenty minutes to play, when Hylton jinked past a defender and fired a low cross where Yussuf tapped home his 20th goal of the season.
But with only two minutes remaining and the game seemingly dwindling out, Moors were unable to prevent a cross from the right, which fell to the back post towards Femi Ilesanmi, who played the ball into Idris Kanu to equalise.
It was a cruel time to concede, especially with Leyton Orient defeating AFC Fylde 2-0 to go top by two points with two games in hand.
But Flowers underlined how tough it is against any side in the league – regardless of league position.
“There’s desperate men scrapping for their survival and their livelihoods – and we’re all of a sudden there to be shot at.
“We should’ve done better with their goals, the first was poor from the set-piece, the biggest man on the field has a chance to head it back across goal and they head it in for 1-1.”
Recent loan signing Joe Sbarra from League One side Burton Albion made his Moors bow from the bench during the game, leaving Flowers pleased with his impact.
Danny Wright, meanwhile, did not feature in mid-week, which the Solihull Moors boss deemed a necessary move.
“We gave Wrighty a rest today, he’s worked hard and at his age I need him fresh, so he comes back into the shake-up on Saturday.”
Flowers expects another difficult scrap on Saturday (3pm) against another side that are scrapping for their lives to stay in the division – Dover Athletic.
Sitting 19th in the table, Saturday’s visitors are not assured of safety yet despite being eight points above the drop zone, but are currently three games unbeaten.