FOOTBALL - 10-man Moors show spirit to beat Torquay in five-goal thriller - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - 10-man Moors show spirit to beat Torquay in five-goal thriller

Solihull Editorial 8th Mar, 2023   0

SOLIHULL Moors came from behind to win a five-goal thriller 3-2 against Torquay United despite playing most of the second half with 10-men.

Moors scored three goals in the space of 20 minutes either side of half time as Josh Kelly, Callum Howe and Mark Beck all struck before Jamey Osborne was sent off just before the hour mark at the ARMCO Arena.

The victory saw Solihull achieve back-to-back wins for the first time since October with Moors 12th in the National League table, nine points outside of the play-off places.

Neal Ardley’s men fell behind to Ross Marshall’s third-minute goal as the Torquay man headed home from six-yards out after free-kick was flicked on into his path.

However, Moors equalised on 37 minutes when Kelly placed a delightful shot into the bottom right corner from 18-yards out from Mitchell Roberts’ pass.

And Solihull completed the turnaround in first-half injury time when Howe stayed in the box following a set-piece and headed against the post with the defender on hand to turn home the rebound.

The home side extended their lead on 56 minutes when Beck finished from a yard out from Roberts’ excellent driven cross from the left after good work by Callum Maycock.

However, Moors’ comfort lasted all of three minutes when Osborne was shown a straight red card for a kick out at a Torquay player.

The visitors reduced the deficit on 74 minutes when Lewis Collins’s deflected strike wrong-footed Ryan Boot in the Moors goal, however, the 10-men held on to secure another crucial three points.

Solihull are next in action at home to Scunthorpe United on Tuesday, March 14 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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