25th Apr, 2017

Solihull Moors leave it late to end six-game losing streak at Macclesfield

Steve Carpenter 18th Apr, 2017 Updated: 19th Apr, 2017

FOOTBALL: THREE goals in the concluding 12 minutes earned Solihull Moors a much-needed three points against Macclesfield on Easter Monday following a six-game losing run in the Vanarama National League.

Moors trailed 1-0 after 78 minutes on the road before strikes from George Carline, Jack Byrne, and Regan Charles-Cook netted to lift Solihull three points clear of relegation with two games remaining.

Although the ‘Silkmen’ have missed out on this year’s playoffs, they are through to the FA Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium in May – where they’ll take on York City.

Liam McDonald’s injury hit squad was rearranged again with a back four of Simeon Maye, Joel Kettle, Kristian Green and Connor Franklin.

The bench included Andy Brown and Regan Charles Cooke, who returned from suspension, while Jack Byrne assumed the Captain’s role and lead from the front.

Moors almost took the lead on 30 seconds when Omari Sterling-James ran at the hosts defence before unleashing a 25 yards low drive which would have made the back of the net had it not been for Craig Ross’ diving save.

A scoreless first half left Moors with a chance of picking up three crucial points, however the Silkmen were awarded a free kick 25-yards out 47 minutes into the game.

Whitehead curled his shot into the six-yard box, allowing Holroyd to get his head to the ball and score.

Determined not to go down without a fight though, Moors levelled when Connor Franklin curled in a peach of a cross and George Carline out jumped his defender as he headed passed Ross.

Moments later Jack Byrne scored after rising highest to Sammon’s free kick to hand Moors the lead.

And in injury time Regan Charles-Cook, fresh off the bench, wrapped up the game when outpacing his defender to side foot the ball into the far corner of the net.