Liam: We’re not get­ting our rewards at present

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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.

PHO­TOS: TOM FOX

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

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