17th Sep, 2019

Flowers anticipates tough Woking test

Ben Tyler 21st Aug, 2019

SOLIHULL Moors manager Tim Flowers has warned his table-topping side to be on their best game to nullify the threat of second-placed Woking – ahead of Saturday’s (3pm) trip to the Kingfield Stadium.

Woking are on a high on the back of a 4-1 drubbing of National League play-off finalists AFC Fylde, whilst Moors made it four successive wins in a 2-1 victory against Ebbsfleet United to set up a tantalising fixture this weekend.

Flowers identifies a number of threats that the Cardinals can pose to Moors’ unbeaten run, and said: “No one’s under any illusions, they’re a huge side, big throws, and they’re on fire.

“So it’s going to be a tough game – we’ve got to go down there and make sure we put a performance on.”

Moors were made to leave it late to secure three points last weekend at the SportNation.bet Stadium, completing a comeback win through Jack King’s 80th minute own goal after Jamey Osborne had fired a leveller in the first half.

The Solihull boss was aware of the task at hand against the 24th-placed side, and knew it was a game in which the odd goal was enough to win it.

“Second half we just said, listen, you’re going to have to tough it out and make sure we get the next one,” said Flowers.

“It looked to me like it was drifting away into a draw, but that’s what we’re about – we stick at the races and we have the players who can convert.

“So I’m obviously delighted with the result – but we’ve still got lots to do.”

The Fleet were off the mark within the opening nine minutes of the game, when Myles Weston burst into the Moors penalty area before finding the bottom left corner of the net.

Paul McCallum was presented with the first opening of the game for the hosts when receiving from Lee Vaughan’s ball over the top, but his finish was lacking in precision and flew wide.

Defender Callum Howe managed the first effort on target, turning inside the box but seeing his efforts batted away by United goalkeeper at close quarters.

It required a trademark free kick from Osborne to level the scores, when he sunk a curling effort into the top right corner ten minutes before the break.

After the half-time interval, Ebbsfleet almost resumed the lead when Ayo Obileye cleared the bar with his header from a matter of yards out, in a half of few clear-cut chances.

But with ten minutes to go, a header back across goal from Alex Gudger deflected inadvertently off visiting captain King and past Nathan Ashmore into the net.

The three points signified a continuation of Moors’ 100% record at home this season, one which they look to extend against Eastleigh on Bank Holiday Monday (7.45pm).

Meanwhile, Moors Women were defeat 3-1 in their National League Division One Midlands opener.

Kathryn Pagan sent Solihull into the lead, before a second-half comeback from hosts Long Eaton.

After the match, Pagan called for better focus in the forthcoming fixtures and said: “We had spells in the second half but we need to make sure that it carries on for the whole of the game.”

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