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5th Jul, 2022

FOOTBALL - Moors come from two goals down to stun 10-man Chesterfield

SOLIHULL MOORS came from two goals down to beat promotion rivals Chesterfield 3-2 after the Spireites were forced to play the majority of the game with 10-men.

Harry Boyes scored the winning goal on 55 minutes after Callum Maycock had brought Moors level on 51 minutes at the Technique Stadium.

That came after James Clarke had reduced the deficit for Solihull on 37 minutes following a blistering start by the home side who raced into a two-goal lead.

Alex Whittle and Akwasi Asante scored inside the opening 20 minutes before Curtis Weston was shown a straight red card on 23 minutes for an apparent headbutt.

The result leaves Moors in sixth place in the National League table who trail leaders Stockport County by 12 points with two games in hand.

In what was new Spireites boss Paul Cook’s first game in charge since returning to the club, the home side took the lead on 14 minutes when Whittle slid the ball home into the right side of the goal.

And Chesterfield doubled their lead on 20 minutes when former Solihull striker Asante drilled an effort into the bottom left corner from 20-yards out.

However, Weston was dismissed just a few minutes later following an altercation with Mark Ellis after a scuffle had broken out near the halfway line.

And Moors pressed home their man advantage when Clarke rose highest at the back post to head home past Scott Loach from Boyes’ cross after the Chesterfield keeper had denied the latter moments earlier.

Neal Ardley’s side almost drew level when Maycock had an effort cleared off the line before Ryan Bennett’s shot was pushed away by Loach.

The visitors should have equalised early in the second half when a slip on the halfway line allowed Joe Sbarra to race through on goal before squaring to Maycock who was sent wide of goal before missing the target.

However, Moors need not have worried as Maycock stroked home Solihull’s leveller shortly after from Ryan Barnett’s cut back inside the penalty area.

And the comeback was complete on 55 minutes when Moors were awarded an indirect free-kick in the box after Loach handled a poorly struck back-pass.

From the resulting free-kick, Boyes fired an effort underneath Loach and between the legs of a defender on the line from Kyle Storer’s lay off to spark wild scenes of celebration in the away end.

Moors should have sealed the points with both Maycock and Andrew Dallas missing gilt-edged chances whilst their opponents finished the game with nine-men when Jak McCourt was forced off following lengthy treatment.

Solihull are next in action at home to Wealdstone on Tuesday, February 22 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the ARMCO Arena.

The fixture has been dedicated as the club’s second ever ‘Honesty Game’, with entry FREE for supporters.

You can purchase tickets HERE and any donations made will be go towards the Solihull Moors Foundation.

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