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29th Nov, 2021

FOOTBALL - Moors seal comeback win at Altrincham

SUBSTITUTE Joe Sbarra completed a second-half comeback as Solihull won 2-1 at Altrincham on Tuesday night to lift Moors up to fifth in the table.

 

Sbarra netted the winning goal on 72 minutes when he finished past Altrincham goalkeeper Matthew Gould after Justin Donawa had equalised at the beginning of the half.

 

Moors conceded their first goal in five matches when Barry Baggley scored on 15 minutes but responded well to secure a third consecutive win in the league.

 

Victory for Solihull means they move into fifth place in the National League table – just four points behind leaders Grimsby Town.

 

Neal Ardley opted to make five changes to the team that edged out Halifax Town last weekend with Kyle Storer, Jamey Osborne, Justin Donawa, Adam Rooney and Danny Newton all coming back into the side.

 

And a refreshed Moors side made a quick start when Osborne and Jordan Cranston both fired inches past the post in the opening 10 minutes.

 

However, the home side took the lead against the run of play when Baggley was played in-behind the Solihull defence before firing beyond Ryan Boot to score a debut goal having signed on loan from Fleetwood Town.

 

Altrincham’s Josh Hancock then forced Boot to tip the ball behind for a corner as they hosts grew in confidence following their early goal.

 

Moors spurned a late chance to draw level when Maycock’s powerful drive went over the crossbar – looking to score his second goal in as many matches.

 

But Solihull would eventually draw level within 60 seconds of the restart.

 

A flowing move ended with Donawa smashing an effort past Gould for his first goal of the season after good work between Newton and Rooney.

 

And Solihull completed the comeback in the 72nd minute when Sbarra – only introduced from the bench eight minutes previously – played a give-and-go with Maycock before finishing under the legs of Gould.

 

Altrincham came close to a leveller when Boot produced a stunning reaction save following a deflected shot to preserve Moors lead.

 

Ardley’s men could have sealed the points when Dallas’ flick set Donawa away only to be denied by a fingertip stop from Gould.

 

And despite having to defend for six additional minutes – Moors held firm to claim a precious three points and keep pace with the division’s other promotion hopefuls.

 

Solihull are next in action at home to Yeovil Town on Saturday, October 30 with kick-off at Damson Park at 3pm.

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