FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors ease past Dorking to move joint top of table - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors ease past Dorking to move joint top of table

Solihull Editorial 21st Aug, 2023 Updated: 21st Aug, 2023   0

SOLIHULL Moors moved joint top of the National League table with a convincing 3-0 win against 10-man Dorking Wanderers.

Moors took the lead through Kade Craig’s first goal for the club before Josh Kelly’s penalty and a Mark Beck goal sealed a comfortable victory at the ARMCO Arena.

And Dorking’s Aaron Kuhl was sent off late on with Moors now second in the National League table behind leaders Barnet on goals scored.

Andy Whing’s side almost took the lead in the opening exchanges as veteran defender Richard Stearman rattled the crossbar from Kelly’s corner.

However, Solihull broke the deadlock soon after as Craig finished well at the back post from Jay Benn’s cross to open his Moors account on 16 minutes.

Moors stopper Tommy Simkin made his first save soon after as he kept out Jason Prior’s header.




The home side won a penalty on the stroke of half time after Kelly and Beck played a clever one-two with the former brought down as he attempted to round Dorking goalkeeper Harrison Male.

And Kelly picked himself up to send Male the wrong way from the penalty spot, placing the ball into the bottom right corner.


The hosts hit the woodwork for a second time just before the hour mark when Jack Stevens shot came back off the crossbar following an excellent run from Kelly.

And Moors sealed the win on 65 minutes as Beck slid the ball into the bottom right corner from Kelly’s pass after Gus Mafuta’s interception launched a counter attack.

The visitors lost Kuhl to a second yellow card on 80 minutes after the midfielder prevented Moors substitute Connor Hall from running in on goal.

Moors comfortably saw the game out to record their first clean sheet of the season and a third successive victory.

Solihull are next in action at home to Halifax Town on Friday, August 25 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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