14th Nov, 2019

Beesley does the business as Moors rise to sixth

Ben Tyler 6th Nov, 2019

TWO wins in four days have lifted Solihull Moors back into the play-offs in sixth place after following up Saturday’s 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge with Tuesday night’s 1-0 success in Hartlepool.

Jake Beesley’s 59th-minute goal was the difference at Victoria Park and came after a man-of-the-match display in which he laid on Paul McCallum’s match winner against the Daggers.

Speaking after the game, the Salford City loanee credited his teammates for taking maximum points from their trip to the North East.

“It feels great, it’s a brilliant win away from home,” said Beesley.

“I wouldn’t say the away form’s been terrible, the lads have picked up a few good points away from home at some tough places.

“After some disappointing results at Maidenhead and Boreham Wood, it’s nice to get the three points away from home.

“We dominated the game up until the goal, and then it’s a case of seeing it out – I think we did it well.”

It was the third season in succession that Solihull have won away at Hartlepool, all by the same 1-0 scoreline.

Danny Wright went within inches of opening the scoring when capitalising on Michael Raynes’ mis-placed backpass, but he could only send his strike past the post.

The hosts responded with a few half chances of their own and eventually called Ryan Boot into action to keep out Gavan Holohan from Ryan Donaldson’s centre.

Moors should have gone in a goal up when Paul McCallum rattled the crossbar after blasting the ball goalwards from Wright’s knock down.

Donaldson had an attempt of his own kept out by Boot, who tipped the ball around the post, while Ben Killip lifted Gavin Gunning’s fizzing free kick over the bar as the two goalkeepers remained on top.

A goal-line clearance denied Ball from breaking the deadlock minutes into the second half, while McCallum missed the chance to find the net from Callum Howe’s centre as an opener continued to prove elusive.

Beesley was then denied by the post, but was rewarded for his perseverance when heading Ball’s cross in at the near post.

Pools frantically tried to draw level and enjoyed a great deal of possession, but the inability to seriously test Boot meant they were always likely to be consigned to defeat.

In Saturday’s win at the SportNation.bet Stadium, Ball powered a header into the net just two minutes into the game from Wright’s floated cross, but the failure to build on their early advantage meant they were pegged back 18 minutes later by Reece Grant’s diving header.

Moors dominated the remainder of the game and eventually found the winner that their efforts had merited when McCallum nodded into the far corner from Beesley’s pinpoint cross.

Joan Luque’s first-time attempt threatened to dip into the top corner, but fortunately for Boot instead clipped the top of the crossbar and went over.

Solihull are in FA Cup action this Saturday (3pm), visiting National League South side Oxford City in the first round of the competition.

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