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25th Jun, 2022

FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors close in on play-off place with Aldershot victory

SOLIHULL Moors edged closer to securing a play-off place with a 2-1 victory against Aldershot Town as Neal Ardley’s side returned to winning ways.

Moors struck either side of half time through Joe Sbarra and Danny Newton before Lewis Kinsella pulled a goal back late on for the visitors at the ARMCO Arena.

The result means Solihull sit fourth in the National League table, nine points clear of the chasing pack with four matches left to play.

Solihull started well with Callum Maycock testing Ethan Ross in the Aldershot goal before Andrew Dallas headed against the post from Harry Boyes’ cross before Newton blazed the rebound over the bar.

And Moors thought they had taken the lead on 23 minutes when Dallas found the net but the referee had already blown his whistle after the ball struck him in the build up.

However, after Ryan Boot denied Giles Phillips’ header at the other end, Moors took the lead on 37 minutes when Sbarra slotted home after the ball was deflected into his path with Ross only able to parry Jamey Osborne’s initial effort from distance.

And it was almost two shortly before the break when Dallas hit the post for a second time after he was played through on goal.

Moors doubled their lead on 51 minutes when Newton drove the ball home after James Clarke’s cross landed at the forward’s feet.

Dallas went close again when his effort from a tight angle was saved behind by Ross at his near post before Newton’s curling shot clipped the bar later in the half.

However, Aldershot halved the deficit in the final minute when Kinsella’s low shot found the bottom right corner but it proved too little too late as Moors claimed the points.

Solihull are next in action away at Weymouth on Saturday, April 30 with kick-off at 3pm at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

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