FOOTBALL - Dallas on taget again as Solihull Moors strike late to beat Torquay - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Dallas on taget again as Solihull Moors strike late to beat Torquay

Solihull Editorial 27th Jan, 2022   0

ANDREW DALLAS scored his ninth goal in three games as Solihull Moors struck late to beat Torquay United 2-0 at Plainmoor.


Dallas completed the scoring in injury-time, having netted back-to-back hat-tricks against Southport and Dover Athletic in his previous two games, scoring five against the latter last weekend.


That came after Kyle Hudlin’s first goal of the season edged Moors into the lead on 85 minutes to secure Solihull’s third consecutive win in all competitions.


The result means Moors sit ninth in the National League table, level on points with Dagenham and Redbridge who occupy the final play-off spot with a game in-hand.


Solihull’s captain for the night Ryan Boot had to be alert early on to push away Stephen Wearne’s effort.


In-form striker Dallas then had his first meaningful shot of the game which was well held by Torquay goalkeeper Shaun MacDonald at his near post.


And Moors came within inches of taking the lead soon after when Danny Newton glanced Harry Boyes’ free-kick narrowly wide.


Solihull picked up where they left off after the break and came close when Joe Sbarra capitalised on a mistake before being denied by MacDonald.


The home side gave Moors a scare when Lois Maynard was dispossessed in midfield only for a scuffed shot and scramble in the six-yard box to see the ball cleared to safety.


And Solihull would go on to snatch the points when substitute Hudlin back heeled the ball home inside the near post after James Clarke kept Boyes’ deep cross alive five minutes from time.


The visitors should have put the game to bed when Alex Gudger shot wide from inside the six-yard box before Dallas struck the legs of MacDonald after being played through on goal by Hudlin.


However, Dallas was not to be denied and sealed the points on 94 minutes when he coolly slotted past MacDonald from Sbarra’s pass to secure the club’s 100th victory in the National League.


Solihull are next in action at home to Altrincham on Saturday, January 29 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.


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