Moors hit rock bottom with 4- goal home loss
SOLIHULL Moors succumbed to their heaviest defeat of the season on Saturday, in what turned out to be Richard Money’s final game in charge.
As much as bottom- of- the- table Moors’ defeat to Fylde was a consequence of poor defending at key times – two goals on the stoke of half- time tipped a fairly even first period in the favour of the visitors – Money pointed out the quality of the opposition and suggested Dave Challinor’s side are promotion winners in the making.
Money saluted full- timers Fylde for their defensive security, their strangling organisation and their ruthlessness in front of goal.
“I’m not a magician. We are where we are for a reason,” said Money. “It’s tough and I knew it was going to be tough when I came in. Against Guiseley last week we played OK but defended poorly. Then we go to Eastleigh in midweek and we were excellent. I was proud of us.
“Then we play a very, very good team in Fylde. Am I surprised at what’s happened to us? Not really, if I’m honest. We’re developing, we’re getting there but it takes time.
“I don’t think there are as many teams in this league that are as organised and as tough to play against as Fylde. I said to Dave at the end that I think they will go up. They were excellent. But Dave has had the team together for a while, he had the group in pre- season and that’s when you do all your work.”
If anything, Moors edged a first half with few clear chances against Fylde but the first goal in such encounters is crucial and it fell to the visitors on 44 minutes. A corner from Sam Finley bounced to Jonny Smith for a precision finish from 14 yards past keeper Nick Townsend.
Before Moors could recover, it was 2- 0 when a 35- yard free- kick from Danny Rowe took a deflection to flash past Townsend.
The Coasters were fortunate to have a two- goal cushion but Moors only had more misfortune past the hour when Jermaine Hylton forced home the loose ball after keeper Jay Lunch parried an Ashley Sammons’ free- kick, only for the assistant referee to signal offside.
Instead Fylde showed their quality with a counter- attack on 76 minutes for 3- 0. Serhat Tasdemir hared down the right and Rowe flicked on for skipper Finley to race in unmarked to finish confidently.
Jack Muldoon made it 4- 0 three minutes from time after Tasdemir produced more trickery.