FOOTBALL: A STOPPAGE time strike from Jake Howells denied Solihull Moors a third league win of the season as they forced to settle for a draw against Dagenham and Redbridge.
The late goal marked another frustrating afternoon for Moors supporters following late goals in other games this season already.
While three points quickly turned to one, the draw means Moors remain in the relegation zone having secured just eight points from 12 league games.
Manager Liam McDonald handed debuts to Richard Brodie and 18-year-old youngster Joe Payne, who is on loan from Barnet.
Moors made a disastrious start when Dagenham’s Boucard found Bloomfield with a free kick. Bloomfield rose highest to hand the visiting side the lead with six minutes played.
But a fresh Moors side stood up to Dagenham’s challenge, and they were soon level when Oladapo Afolayan’s cross found Darren Carter, whose header nestled in the far corner.
A series of chances then presented themselves to Moors with Carter, Richards, McDonald, and Afolayan all having chances go begging.
Sustained pressure eventually told when Afolayan was picked out by Shep Murombedzi.
The talented forward struck from 25-yards out, giving Cousins no chance as Moors led 2-1.
Robson had a chance of redressing the balance for the visiting side before the half time whistle but fired well over.
A lively restart to the game saw Afolayan beat three defenders before his shot went for a corner, from which Brodie headed high over Cousin’s crossbar.
Dagenham started to play with more cohesion as Howells cleared Vaughan’s bar and Ferrier got a shot away from close range.
Moors’ skipper Carter responded with a strike from 15-yards following some decent work from Afolayan while Richards’ 25-yard effort went wide.
Dagenham and Redbridge turned their attacking unit pressure up a notch as the game reached its conclusion, and they were rewarded in the dying second.
Following three successive corners, Howells’ strike went through the hands of Vaughan to level the game.
Moors travel to Dover on Saturday for another tough encounter against a side currently one point short of league leaders Sutton United.
Solihull Moors: Vaughan, Green, Carter ©, Kettle, Murombedzi, Afolayan (Campbell), Brodie (Maye), Daly, McDonald (Fox), Richards, Payne, Subs not used ; Liburd, Green (Paul)
Picture: Tom King.