A “RUTHLESS” second-half display from Solihull Moors atoned for a lacklustre opening period to complete a 4-1 comeback win at Stockport County.
Paul Turnbull’s goal put the hosts 1-0 up on the stroke of half time, giving Moors the wake-up call that was needed prior to four unanswered strikes from James Ball, Jamey Osborne and two from Paul McCallum.
Tim Flowers’ men are now up to second in the National League, a point behind leaders Barrow having played a game more, leaving the Solihull manager applauding a much-improved second-half display.
“Obviously we went 1-0 down right on half time after a big deflection, but we didn’t really stamp our authority on the game.
“I said to them listen, if you just tighten up that final pass or cross, there’s plenty of time left in this game.
“We were getting plenty of time to pass the ball but we were taking too long to do it, we were taking three, four, five touches, when two is enough.
“We shifted it quickly and then the gaps started to appear, we popped it around beautifully at times, so then our quality then improved massively.
“To be fair we looked really destructive, I’d say from our tale of the first 45 as nearly men, in the second half we were ruthless.”
Moors started the game brightly and went close when McCallum headed Osborne’s corner narrowly over the bar in the first 15 minutes, while a poor touch denied Jake Beesley when he looked to be through on goal.
Down the other end, Howe performed defensive heroics to throw himself in the way of an Elliot Osborne shot, as the scoreline remained goalless.
McCallum should have done better after chesting down a long ball expertly, flashing the resulting shot over the bar, a miss which the hosts capitalised on when going in front through Turnbull.
It was the Hatters captain’s audacious 30-yard attempt which broke the deadlock, giving Ryan Boot no chance between the sticks for Moors.
Solihull only needed eight minutes to answer the wishes of Flowers during the half-time interval, levelling from McCallum’s expert header following a drilled delivery by Kyle Storer.
Stockport twice threatened in response through Devante Rodney, before Ball put the visitors in front, placing the ball low into the corner after his initial effort was blocked from Jamie Reckord’s cross.
It was 3-1 to the visitors after McCallum twisted his body to meet Lee Vaughan’s cross and loop a header beyond Hinchcliffe.
If the night had not already been one to cherish for the visiting Moors, it was very much so when Osborne put the rubber stamp on victory when posting a 25-yard shot low into the bottom corner.
The goal was the second in three days for the midfielder, following his stunning 28th-minute free kick to level the scores in Saturday’s 1-1 draw away to Dover Athletic.
Next up is the minor task of an FA Cup second round tie against League One opposition in Rotherham United at the SportNation.bet Stadium on Monday (7.45pm).
The match is marked as an all-ticket game, which must be purchased online at www.solihullmoorsfc.co.uk, or at the club before matchday.