MOORS ARE ON A HIGH BUT DOVER IN DE­SPAIR

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Ja­son Burns

THE good news keeps com­ing for Soli­hull Moors. Last month the Mid­lands side an­nounced for­mer Ox­ford United chair­man Darryl Eales had in­vested in the club.

And yes­ter­day Tim Flow­ers’ men kept in touch with the play-off pack with an im­pres­sive win at rock­bot­tom Dover.

Two goals in the space of seven sec­ond-half min­utes from Jer­maine Hyl­ton and Danny Wright did the trick, leav­ing the for­mer Eng­land goal­keeper de­lighted.

“That was an im­por­tant win”, Flow­ers said. “Af­ter los­ing to both Leyton Ori­ent and Hartle­pool and hav­ing to sol­dier on man­fully with ten men in the two matches, we took a huge stride for­ward.

“Dover are the big­gest side I have ever seen and af­ter a scrappy first half, we were bet­ter af­ter the break and car­ried much more of a threat.

“Over­all I am just pleased we were able to tough it out in what is al­ways a dif­fi­cult fix­ture. I can’t ques­tion the char­ac­ter of the men I have in the dress­ing room.”

In a drab first half, home keeper Mitch Walker dived on to Kwame Thomas’ low drive fol­low­ing a slick onetwo with Dar­ren Carter.

At the other end, Kadell Daniel’s cross-cum-shot just evaded the far post and the same player’s cor­ner ended with Ejiro Okosieme head­ing against the top of the cross­bar.

Ryan Boot was at full stretch to turn away Nortei Nortey’s curl­ing strike and only brave Dover de­fend­ing kept out Thomas af­ter Wright’s ball into the area found the mid­fielder with the goal at his mercy. But Moors did grab the open­ing goal with 18 min­utes left thanks to Hyl­ton’s clever run. The mid­fielder latched on to Carter’s headed ball back into the area and de­spite protests of off­side from the home team, Hyl­ton lashed the ball into the top cor­ner. And there were more rea­sons for the away con­tin­gent to cel­e­brate when Carter took ad­van­tage of some slack de­fend­ing to find the bot­tom cor­ner from the edge of the box. Walker de­nied sub­sti­tute Adi Yus­suf late on as the pres­sure con­tin­ues to mount on Ath­letic boss Chris Kin­n­ear and his young side fol­low­ing their lat­est de­feat. “It was an even game up un­til their goal, but to­day is typ­i­cal of how our sea­son has been,” said the un­der-fire boss. “They have got that lit­tle bit of ex­pe­ri­ence and it does win games doesn’t it. They used their know-how to get them­selves a re­sult, though I can’t fault any of the player’s commitment. “We have to work with what we have got and all we can do is teach them to learn from their mis­takes. “We are all go­ing to work that lit­tle bit harder to turn it around.”

STAR MAN: Dar­ren Carter (Soli­hull) ATT: 823 EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★ REF­EREE: David Rock 7/10

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