18th Dec, 2018

Matthews double seals comeback win for AFC Solihull

Craig Gibbons 16th Nov, 2018

AFC SOLIHULL maintained their spot at the top of the Midlands Three table with a 3-2 victory over Enville Athletic.

Solihull started well and thought they should have been in front within a few minutes, with Jon Hamer racing through to find the net.

However, strike partner Andy Matthews was flagged offside, despite seemingly having no involvement.

Shortly after Hamer had another great chance as he went through one-on-one but Enville keeper Rheece Dawes got a foot to the ball, sending it wide.

Solihull didn’t have to wait long for the opener, though, and it was the front two again causing problems.

Hamer squared for Matthews to make it 1-0.

With Solihull now in the ascendancy they left themselves open for a counter-attack from their own corner.

Enville broke in numbers after clearing the ball and striker Rhys Morgan ran at the defence before firing a pin-point finish into the far corner.

Enville gained confidence from this and began to play some nice football in the swirling wind and rain.

Not long after Morgan was played through again and he gave Enville the lead.

Solihull came back to life and had a number of chances to level, rattling the woodwork and seeing Dawes make some good saves to preserve Enville’s slender lead at the break.

After creating so many opportunities Solihull would have fancied their chances of scoring again but Enville were resolute and much of the second half passed by without any goal mouth action.

It wasn’t until the final 20 minutes when Solihull equalised.

Hamer was played through and the league’s second top scorer rounded the keeper to finish with ease.

Solihull were now pushing for a winner and they found it through Matthews.

Joel Hughes showed all his skill and strength to travel past the Enville defence and pull the ball back to Matthews ten yards out.

With his back to goal he turned and finished emphatically into the roof of the net for his tenth of the season.

Enville threw everything at Solihull for the final minutes and a succession of long throws and corners were defended in numbers by the hosts to see out the win.

Solihull play host to Bulkington Sports in the Birmingham Vase on Saturday.

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