9th Dec, 2016

Solihull Moors end a run of five defeats in the National League away at Lincoln City

Solihull Editorial 14th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

SOLIHULL Moors bounced back from Saturday’s 5-2 defeat at home to Dagenham 7 Redbridge to earn a hard-fought point away at National League leaders Lincoln City on Tuesday.

The weekend started with dismal, wet home clash against Dagenham as the Moors looked to end a run of four straight defeats, while the Daggers are looking for a quick return to the Football League have come down from League Two last season.

Stefan Moore had an early penalty appeal waved away after seemingly being upended by the visiting goalkeeper on 12 minutes and Ryan Bewsick should have done better from close range.

But it was the visitors who took the lead when Vaughan did well to save magnificently from Okenabirhie, but he could do little as Oliver Hawkins headed home from the parry.

The visitors bagged a second before the break as Okenabirhie ran at the Solihull defence and hit home inside the near post.

Disaster struck again ten minutes after the re-start as Maguire-Drew collected the ball some 25 yards out and without blinking thundered the third goal into the top corner of the net giving Vaughan no chance.

Moors went close when Beswick’s free kick was headed narrowly wide by Daly but they were caught out again on 64 minutes as the Daggers broke and despite Vaughan saving well to his right from Robinson, Hawkins was lurking to smash the ball home for goal number four.

This sparked a mini revival for Moors which will do much for their self belief as Knights’ shot just cleared the bar before on 78 minutes Brown found the far corner of the net to make it 4-1.

Three minutes later it was Jamey Osborne’s turn to score from Knights’ initial shot and Osborne had the chance almost immediately to double his tally but fired over.

With Moors pushing for a third they were always susceptible to breaks and when Vaughan saved a one-on-one at the death Niate tripped Whitely in the box and Hawkins got his hat trick from the penalty spot.

Moors had a chance to bounce back quickly on Tuesday but they knew they had it all to do against league leaders Lincoln.

Moors seemed unfazed by playing in front of a large crowd and had Vaughan to thank for keeping the scoreline goalless at the break as he saved a one-on-one.

The best chance of the half for the visitors fell to Knights but he volleyed over the bar seven minutes before half-time.

The visitors were dealt a major blow when Niate was sent off for an infringement spotted by the linesman but despite their best efforts the home side could not find a breakthrough.

In fact Moors could have won it late on but Andy Brown headed over from eight yards out however Moors held out to celebrate what could prove to be a precious point come the end of the season.