Liam: We’re not getting our rewards at present
SOLIHULL Moors manager Liam McDonald feels his injury- hit side are not getting their rewards – but he is confident that will soon change.
Moors suffered a second defeat in four days on Tuesday after Woking grabbed a winner eight minutes from time.
Darren Carter had fired Moors level from the penalty spot in the 74th minute, cancelling out Josh Banton’s opener on the half hour, but the Cards had one more ace to play when Charlie Carter’s deft finish clinched the win.
Moors were already without seven players and they had to make changes on the way to London when keeper Nathan Vaughan was taken ill, prompting a recall for Connal Trueman. Then Ben Fox also had to be replaced ten minutes before half- time after he too fell ill.
McDonald admits it will still be several weeks before he can welcome back any of the injured contingent but he said he could not fault the players’ efforts on the pitch. They will just hope for a change of fortune on Saturday when they visit Bromley.
“We deserved something out of Saturday’s game [ against Macclesfield] and we deserved something on Tuesday,” said McDonald. “I was gutted for the players because they put in so much hard work.
“But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. We have got to take that effort into Saturday’s game and if we play like we did against Woking then we’ve got a good chance of winning the game.”
Trueman was by far the busier of the keepers in the opening stages on Tuesday.
He did well to keep out an effort from former Moors loanee Regan Charles- Cook after just seven minutes and then denied Chez Isaac soon after while giant striker Inih Effiong fired against the upright.
But the breakthrough came on the half- hour. The Solihull defence failed to clear and Effiong played in Banton, who made space in the box before firing into the corner.
Woking continued to have the better of things and CharlesCook was denied by a smart save by Trueman.
For Moors, Carter had an effort pushed away by Nathan Baxter – another former Moors favourite but the visitors stepped up in the second period and giant defender Liam Daly forced Baxter into another save just shy of the hour mark.
Then, with 15 minutes to go, Joel Kettle was fouled inside the area and Carter fired home the resulting spot- kick.
But the Solihull celebrations were cut short when, just seven minutes later, Louis Ramsay drilled a ball into the area and Charlie Carter steered it over the line.
Meanwhile, midfielder Tom Tonks has left Moors and returned to Stourbridge.
Former Glassboys captain Tonks had joined Moors in the summer but had been released to get more regular game time. SOLIHULL Moors will be hosting a mental health awareness evening next Thursday.
The event is being held in memory of ex- Moors player Nick Mowl, a former Moors player and football coach who took his own life in May and is run in association with the Clarke Carlisle Foundation.
Clarke will be the guest speaker discussing issues around Mental Fitness of which he not only has a first hand knowledge but has been a public advocate since setting up his charity in 2015. The event starts at 7.30pm.
Solihull Moors will also be hosting the annual Nick Mowl Cup, an open age five- a- side tournament, in May.
Moors striker Dapo Ofolayan goes for goal against Woking in the match at Kingfield.
Moors’ new loan signing Ben Fox takes on Woking’s Louis Ramsey
MOORS: Trueman; K Green, Daly, Kettle, Cullinane- Liburd; Murombedzi, P Green ( Kelleher 87), H CARTER, Campbell ( Dunkley 63); Fox ( Thomas 41), Afolayan. Subs: Vaughan, Cleary