20th Mar, 2019

Gritty point is a fair reflection

Solihull Editorial 13th Dec, 2018

BOSS Tim Flowers reflected on Solihull Moors’ 2-2 draw with Sutton United as a fair result considering the poor weather conditions at Gander Green Lane.

The heavy rain and wind proved to be difficult to get to grips with on Saturday but Moors managed to take the lead in the 33rd minute when Jamey Osborne took the ball past three defenders before unleashing a low shot into the right corner.

Just two minutes later parity was restored when Wayne Brown was on hand to tap home the rebound after Ryan Boot could not keep a hold of Craig Dundas’ initial shot.

Osborne put Moors back in front four minutes into the second period but a superb free kick from Kenny Davies with 15 minutes remaining ensured the spoils would be shared.

Flowers believed the game was a classic tale of two halves but seemed to be relatively pleased with the point.

“I thought Sutton were comfortably the better side in the first half and we couldn’t get out,” he said.

“We played dumb football, we never got the ball in behind anyone, didn’t win any second balls and we were second best all over the pitch.

“In the second half, I thought we were the better side.

“We got our noses in front with a decent goal and then missed an absolute gilt-edged chance to take all three points.

“Then we get punished with, to be fair, a very good free kick.

“In the end I thought it was a fair draw in poor conditions.

“If you get a point at places like Sutton then you’re doing something right.”

The stalemate leaves Moors fifth in the table – just five points off leaders Leyton Orient with a game in hand – and Flowers says his players deserve all the plaudits.

However, the gaffer knows his players are capable of producing better in difficult conditions.

“We are in a decent place,” he added.

“The lads are there on merit but they have to understand that we’ll go to grounds all over the country in the second half of the season and it will be windy.

“We’ve got to cope with that better.”

Moors turn their attention to the FA Trophy on Saturday when they make the trip to Southport for a first round clash, with the winners claiming £6,000 in prize money.

Then on Tuesday night, Solihull are on the road to League One outfit Blackpool for an FA Cup second round replay which is being shown live on BT Sports One (7.45pm).

The sides drew 0-0 at the end of November, with Moors being denied victory after Alex Gudger’s first half strike was controversially ruled out after Darren Carter was deemed offside from a short corner.

The winners will be rewarded with a home tie against 13-time FA Cup winners Arsenal on Saturday, January 5.

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