23rd Oct, 2016

Hat-trick hero Asante fires Moors to back-to-back wins

Steve Carpenter 5th Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

IT WAS a week to remember for striker Akwasi Asante after he scored six times in two matches as Solihull Moors celebrated back-to-back victories for the first time this season in the National League.

It all started with a hat-trick on Saturday as Marcus Bignot’s side produced a memorable performance to beat Maidstone United 4-2 in what was the first meeting between the two sides.

Both sides had chances to go ahead before the deadlock was broken on 20 minutes. as Greenhalgh to put a simple cross into the path of Enver-Marum who despite Vaughan parrying the first shot, carried on running to convert the rebound.

Vaughan produced a wonderful reaction save which signalled the start of the Moors comeback in the 26th minutes the visitors were level.

On 26 minutes Shep Murombedzi battled through the centre of the park before putting Osborne away on the right flank and his cross beyond the far post was volleyed by Omari Sterling James into the back of the net to bring Moors were level.

Asante got his first on 34 minutes when he was brought down inside the area and Asante dusted himself down to fire the hosts in front and he was able to make it 3-1 with a neat finish but the hosts pulled one goal back before half-time.

Taylor went close on the hour mark and Vaughan needed his wits about him as Taylor drove a low shot from the edge of the box.

But on 64 minutes Beswick robbed Evans in midfield and put through a peach of a pass to Asante who raced through the Maidstone defence and fired the ball home for his third and Moors’ fourth.

Three days later Bignot’s side were in action again when they hosted Southport in what was the seventh meeting between the two sides in front of the BT TV cameras.

A goalless first half was followed by a dominant Moors performance in the second as they ran riot and scored four goals with Asante getting in on the act twice.

The opening goal came on 50 minutes from a Franklin throw to Daly whose knock down was met by Asante who coolly slid the ball wide of Norman.

Ex-Moors Booby Moseley was on for Southport on 66 minutes but any thoughts that he had returned to haunt Moors was quickly dispelled when Sterling-James coolly slotted the ball into the net from all of 25 yards.

Four minutes later Beswick pounced on a loose ball in the middle of the park and put Asante through to side foot passed the stranded Norman for 3-0

Asante then seized on a loose ball and completed his second hat trick in the space of three day.