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25th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Moors come from behind to claim point against Southend

CALLUM MAYCOCK scored for the second away game running as Solihull Moors were held to a 1-1 draw with Southend United to extend their unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions.

Maycock levelled on 44 minutes just before half-time after Sam Dalby had put the hosts ahead on 31 minutes at Roots Hall.

The result leaves Solihull in sixth place in the National League table, 11 points behind leaders Stockport County with a game in hand.

Moors made a blistering start and hit the crossbar after just three minutes when Andrew Dallas headed against the woodwork from Harry Boyes’ teasing cross.

And Boyes then had a go himself with his effort palmed away by Southend goalkeeper Steve Arnold before Joe Sbarra curled over the crossbar from Danny Newton’s pass.

However, the home side took the lead against the run of play when Dalby was on the end of a pinpoint cross by Leon Davies to glance a header past Solihull goalkeeper Ryan Boot.

And Southend almost doubled their lead soon after when Matthew Dennis was played in-behind the Solihull defence and saw his deflected effort fly inches past the angle of post and bar.

Neal Ardley’s side responded when Ryan Barnett stung the gloves of Arnold with a half-volley from the edge of the area.

And Moors were level one minute before half time when Maycock met Newton’s flick on from James Clarke’s long throw to send the teams into the break level.

The Shrimpers almost retook the lead early in the second period when Boot had to be alert to make a good save from Dennis’s close range header.

However, Moors had a chance to take the points when Dallas saw his effort turned behind for a corner by Arnold at his near post after being fed by Sbarra.

And Solihull almost snatched the win deep into stoppage time only for substitute Kyle Hudlin to see his deflected strike go the wrong side of the far post.

Solihull are next in action at home to King’s Lynn Town on Saturday. March 5 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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