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FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors extend unbeaten run to 12 matches with Woking win

Aaron Sutcliffe 29th Mar, 2022 Updated: 30th Mar, 2022

RYAN BARNETT”s goal helped Solihull Moors on their way to a 3-2 win at Woking to extend the club’s unbeaten run in the league to 12 matches.

Barnett struck on 72 minutes to claim all three points for Moors after Harry Boyes and Adam Rooney had twice pulled Solihull level at Kingfield Stadium.

The result means Moors sit fifth in the National League table, six points clear of the chasing pack in the race for the play-offs.

Woking created the first chance of the game when Solomon Nwabuokei powered an effort over the crossbar from Inih Effiong’s headed pass.

And the home side took the lead on 16 minutes when Effiong found the net after Moors failed to clear their lines at a corner.

The same player had a chance to double Woking’s lead after Joe Sbarra was dispossessed in midfield only for Effiong to blaze high over the crossbar when through on goal.

Moors first real chance of the game fell to defender Callum Howe who sent a header straight at Woking goalkeeper Craig Ross.

And Solihull tested the Woking goal again soon after when Barnett’s whipped shot was comfortably caught by Ross.

However, Solihull managed to pull level on 40 minutes when Boyes unleashed a sensational strike from 25-yards out finding the top-left corner to send the teams into the break all square.

Moors carried their momentum into the second period when Jamey Osborne’s curling effort was pushed over the crossbar by Ross.

However, Woking regained the lead on 49 minutes when Effiong grabbed his second of the game with a simple tap in after Moors keeper Ryan Boot was caught out by Moussa Diarra’s long ball.

Boot made amends moments later when he made a diving save high to his right-hand side to deny Effiong a hat-trick and keep Moors in the contest.

And Moors levelled for a second time on 62 minutes when Rooney headed past Ross from a few yards out from Barnett’s inch-perfect cross.

Neal Ardley’s side completed the turnaround when Barnett slotted home after Osborne’s long throw into the box found Andrew Dallas who was unable to sort his feet out which left Barnett to apply the finish.

Moors could have wrapped the game up late on when Barnett flashed a ball across the face of goal and Osborne forced Ross into a save from distance.

Solihull are next in action at home to Maidenhead United on Saturday, April 2 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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