27th Sep, 2020

Quinn: Moors never let heads drop

Ben Tyler 25th Sep, 2019

MOORS first-team coach James Quinn paid tribute to the resilience of his side after ending their seven-match winless run against Stockport County on Tuesday night.

Second-half headers from defenders Callum Howe and Jamey Reckord gave Solihull their first outright win since mid-August, with only a Scottish Challenge Cup penalty shoot-out victory and a 0-0 draw away to Notts County to shout about since then.

Quinn believes the win can act as a springboard in the coming games, and said: “It feels like ages since we won a game – it has been – it’s been a while.

“We’ve never really let our heads drop. It has been a poor run but the lads have stuck at it, they’re a determined group and we’re just relieved that we’ve got that one out the way.

“Now we’re going to start looking forward and hopefully go on a bit of a run and start climbing the table to where we believe we should be.”

It was County who had the first sight of goal in the early stages, when Sam Walker switched the ball onto his left foot and forced a solid stop from Ryan Boot.

A quickly-taken free kick from Jamey Osborne was lofted into the vicinity of Howe, who was given the space to line up a shot from distance, narrowly driving the ball wide of Ben Hinchcliffe’s post.

The Stockport keeper was eventually drawn into action to keep out wing-back Lee Vaughan – who lashed a ferocious effort goalwards from new boy Gavin Gunning’s cross.

A straight red card and penalty was the first big talking point of the game, following a handball from Sam Walker to prevent Danny Wright’s header crossing the line.

The returning Adi Yussuf was unable to score his first goal since his return, however, keeping the scoreline goalless.

Solihull needed just seven minutes after the restart to break the deadlock, courtesy of a near-post header flicked goalwards by Howe – his first for the club.

11 minutes later it was two, courtesy of another header, this time from Reckord, who met Vaughan’s delivery from the right flank.

Alex Gudger was then denied by the woodwork from scoring Moors’ third headed goal of the game, while Wright, Reckord and Vaughan went close with further chances.

Moors were left to wonder how they finished without a third goal when substitute Paul McCallum hit the bar and the post with a late header, though the miss did little to affect the final scoreline.

Solihull move up to tenth with a game in hand, next visiting Barnet on Saturday (3pm).

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