ANDY Brown scored the only goal of the game as Solihull Moors beat Marwell 1-0 but the visitors were dealt an injury blow in the shape of skipper Theo Streete.
The Moors defender fell badly on 14 minutes and twisted his knee. Streete was in lots of pain and could be set of a long spell on the sideline.
The incident seemed to knock the rest of the team as a rampant Barwell surged forward. Liam Daly assumed the arm band and marshalled his players effectively to keep the ball out of harms way. Martinez kept his defence on its toes verbally, dealing well with the high crosses coming in – all backs to the wall.
Moors’ first foray into the host’s box had to wait until 25 minutes when one of the trialists looped a shot over the bar.
On 30 minutes a long cross into the Barwell area almost saw Daly on the end of it but we had to wait until added time before Darryl Knights produced our first shot on target.
Marcus’s half time talk clearly had the desired effect as Solihull were quickly into their stride playing a system not far removed from our best play last season. In particular Steven Leslie was dangerously effective on the overlaps down the left flank, from which his accurate crosses were causing problems for the home side
To a man, all the trialists were playing well, Brown leading his attack strongly and Knights marshalling the middle of the park. It was no surprise on 70 minutes when Solihull took the lead; Leslie put in a peach of a cross from the left and Brown out jumped the defence to head in to the top corner.
With Moors in the ascendancy Marcus Bignot came on with 12 minutes to go and immediately gave a lesson in positional play – he could be forgiven for his one shot at goal which sailed over the bar.
A good result at such a high price with Theo’s injury. A real team effort to record our first pre season win of the season
Martinez, Trialist, Streete © (Trialist), Daly, Leslie, Trialist, White, Trialist, Brown, Trialist, Knights.