FOOTBALL - Injury time goal denies Solihull Moors victory at Barnet - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Injury time goal denies Solihull Moors victory at Barnet

Aaron Sutcliffe 25th Oct, 2023 Updated: 25th Oct, 2023   0

ANDY Whing is ‘proud’ of his players despite Solihull Moors conceding an injury time goal to draw 1-1 with high-flying Barnet.

Moors took the lead through Joe Newton’s header on 50 minutes only for veteran striker Gary Hooper to equalise six minutes into injury time at the Hive Stadium.

The result means Moors sit fourth in the National League table after failing to win any of their last three matches.

Whing said: “We were all hurt after the weekend, I was so proud of the players, the fans, the football club, we were outstanding, that is us, we’re back after that performance, we were absolutely superb.

“Football can be cruel, I don’t think they carved us open given how much possession they had, we worked our socks off and the players deserve almighty credit, I’m gutted that we didn’t see it over the line.

“We went back to what we know best, defensively we’ve been outstanding this season apart from last weekend, we’ve gone back to that and deservedly got a goal because we worked our socks off.

“I’m not disappointed, I’m proud to be the manager and proud to see the reaction, I wanted a reaction and I’m really pleased, to get a point is an outstanding result.

“We have to be better at home, it’s something I’ll look really hard at now, we have to be a little bit different to how we play away, if we have the same effort and application we’ll be fine.”

Moors goalkeeper Tommy Simkin denied both Anthony Hartigan and Dale Gorman in the first-half as the teams went into the break goalless.

However, Moors broke the deadlock just five minutes into the second period as Newton headed in at the back post after good work between Kade Craig and Joss Labadie down the right.

Barnet hit the crossbar in the final minute of regulation time as Harry Pritchard crashed a header against the woodwork.

And Simkin then made a stunning save at the death to keep Moors in front only for the home side to equalise from the resulting corner deep into injury time as Hooper bundled the ball into the net.

There was still time for one final chance as Bees substitute Callum Stead headed against the post to esnure Moors went home with a share of the spoils.

Solihull are next in action at home to Wealdstone on Saturday, October 28 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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