MOORS ARE ON A HIGH BUT DOVER IN DESPAIR
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.”
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