FOOTBALL: A DISASTROUS start was turned on its head as Solihull Moors earned a valuable point against Maidstone United.
Under new manager Mark Yates, and his assistant Tim Flowers, Moors were behind after just 43 seconds of play when nervous defending allowed Joe Piggott to score immediately.
But a clean sheet for the remainder of the game, coupled with Kwame Thomas’ second-half goal, ensured Moors lifted themselves off the foot of the National League table.
Travelling Moors fans were quick to voice their frustration though when Piggott’s goal handed Maidstone the lead after less than a minute of play as the stranded Nick Townsend was helpless but to concede early on.
Mark Yates’ men battled back with a succession of corners, but a lapse in concentration saw Moors almost concede again.
They had the crossbar to thank when Ter Horst’s effort rattled the post before Piggott forced Townsend into a quick save when his follow up effort looked destined for goal.
At the other end, Shep Murombedzi’s drive forced Worgan to make a good save.
Maidstone then had a goal disallowed on the half hour mark when Anderson found Piggott in the box, whose volleyed effort found the back of the net. But the linesman’s flag had already been raised for offside.
Prestedge failed to make the most of a free chance on goal when heading wide during added time as the home side maintained their one-goal lead at half time.
Moors started the second half positively when Darren Carter’s long range strike was parried by Worgan before Kwame Thomas’ follow up effort was blasted high.
Further efforts from Murombedzi and Afolayan were saved as Maidstone came under increasing pressure.
And that pressure eventually told when substitute Akwasi Asante’s strike was parried into the path of Kwame Thomas, who scored from close range.
Townsend had to be on his toes when Ter Horst’s cross was intercepted before Hines saw his shot go wide on the counter attack.
Murombedzi and Asante were presented with chances for Moors, but the contest ended 1-1 – a fair reflection of the game.
Moors; Townsend, Green, Daly, Kelleher, Bowen, Carline, Carter, Richards, Murombedzi, Afolayan (Asante 60), Thomas. Subs not used: Kettle, Sammons, Hylton, Paul Green.
Attendance: 2463 (23 Moors).