14th Oct, 2019

Flowers wants more from the Moors despite unbeaten start to campaign

Ben Tyler 7th Aug, 2019

MANAGER Tim Flowers believes more can be done in the coming games, despite his Solihull Moors side claiming a first win of the season against Torquay United in midweek.

Tuesday night’s 3-0 victory backed up a solid away point at Harrogate Town in Saturday’s National League opener, where goals from Nathan Blissett and Paul McCallum secured a 2-2 draw against last season’s fellow play-off semi-finalists.

Flowers bemoaned the lack of end product against Torquay after creating a number of openings throughout, and expects his side to up their levels for the forthcoming games.

“For 90 minutes there were some really inviting balls into the box with no-one getting on the end of them, which is something we’re going to have to remedy because the quality of the balls from wide areas is sublime,” he said.

“I thought we were effective in the first half without being free flowing, but Ryan Boot was far too busy for my liking.

“It was a fortuitous clean sheet down to outstanding goalkeeping, the lad has pulled off three or four great saves, including another penalty stop – he’s made a few recently.

“We’re a work in progress, but I expect us to be far more solid than that.”

Jamey Osborne opened the scoring on six minutes after picking out the top corner of the net from 25-yards out, moments before Terry Hawkridge fired home a penalty to put the Moors firmly in the lead.

With Torquay refusing to accept defeat, Moors had to weather the storm at times, but found a third before the break when McCallum registered his second goal for his new side with a deadly half-volley past United keeper Shaun McDonald.

Torquay had the greater share of chances during a goalless second half, but Boot remained resolute to earn a first clean sheet of the season.

Moors should have been out of sight during Saturday’s opener in Harrogate, but had just the one goal to their name at the break after Blissett flicked a header home from close range, following a penalty miss by McCallum.

Mark Beck equalised for the hosts with a header, before Joe Leesley thumped a 30-yard drive beyond Boot and into the corner to give Harrogate the lead.

McCallum did get his debut goal, and it came courtesy of another header, this time meeting Terry Hawkridge’s cross to beat James Belshaw and earn a point.

Moors are next in action this Saturday (3pm) when hosting Aldershot Town at the SportNation.bet Stadium.

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