FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors move top after win at 10-man Oldham - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Solihull Moors move top after win at 10-man Oldham

Solihull Editorial 30th Aug, 2023 Updated: 30th Aug, 2023   0

SOLIHULL Moors moved top of the National League table with an impressive 2-0 win away at 10-man Oldham Athletic.

Moors took the lead through Mark Beck before Josh Kelly sealed the win in injury time after Oldham’s Mike Fondop-Talom saw red in the first half at Boundary Park.

That came after Solihull were held to a 1-1 draw against Halifax Town as Kelly’s opener was cancelled out by Jo Cummings strike at the ARMCO Arena.

The results mean Moors lead the National League table by a single point after six matches.

Against Oldham, the home side spurned a golden chance to take the lead when former Moors striker Alex Reid somehow shot over the bar from close range after Tommy Simkin fumbled a cross into his path.

And the Latics saw another chance go begging just past the half-hour mark as Mark Shelton fired wide from Will Sutton’s cutback.

Moors burst into life soon after as Matty Warburton forced Matthew Hudson into a fine save to keep the scores level.

And Oldham went down to 10-men on 37 minutes after Fondop-Talom received a second yellow card for a needless challenge on Jamey Osborne.

Andy Whing’s side were patient in the second period and took the lead on 57 minutes when Beck finished off a fine team move from Callum Maycock’s square pass.

Oldham almost equalised with five minutes left to play only for Simkin to push Brennan Dickenson’s header to safety.

And Moors wrapped up the points in injury time when Kelly clinically placed the ball into the bottom right corner from Warburton’s through ball.

That came after Kelly also found the net against Halifax as Moors were pegged back in the second half by the Yorkshire club.

Kelly opened the scoring on 22 minutes with a cool finish between the legs of Sam Johnson from Osborne’s defence-splitting pass.

However, Halifax levelled on 65 minutes when Cummings headed in at the back post with Simkin only able to push the ball into the roof of the net.

Solihull are next in action at home to Oxford City on Saturday, September 2 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.


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