LIFE in the National League got underway for Solihull Moors on Saturday as Marcus Bignot’s side opened the new campaign with a deserved 3-1 victory.
It was a battle of the winners of the National League North and National League South which went in the favour of Moors.
Despite having to survive a barage of pressure in the opening period, Moors were delighted to be level at 1-1 at the midway point, with Ryan Beswick getting the opener before Beckwith equalised for Sutton.
But after the break Bignot’s side went on the offence and it paid off with goals from Omari Sterling-James and Andy Brown getting the goals as Moors opened with a win.
“It was certainly a culture shock,” said Bignot. “The number of goal scoring opportunities they had in the first 45 minutes and the chances they created from set pieces was a rude awakening but credit to the players for staying in the game and reaching half time at one all.
“In the second half we stepped it up and got on top but we had to focus on the first ball, the second ball and getting forward – the middle third was missed out!
“All our substitutions has an impact on the game which is just what a manager wants – Akwasi Asante, Bobby Moseley and Harry White really made a difference
“There were five players in the squad making their debuts on Saturday and several playing at this level for the first time. It is a new group of players and to get three points away from home is massive.
“I cannot under estimate this result – Sutton’s home form was fundamental to their promotion last season. I don’t think many teams will pick up three points there.
“We have had to rebuild the squad and have gone for younger players who have the potential to play in this league and beyond. I was really happy with the performance, with the goals and with the result; it was a great start to the season.”