IT’S A POINT GAINED FOR BOTH WOOD AND MOORS

The Non-League Football Paper - - NATIONAL LEAGUE - By Colin Stoner

TIM FLOW­ERS felt Soli­hull Moors should con­sider a hard-fought draw against Bore­ham Wood as a point gained rather than two lost.

Moors had to set­tle for a sec­ond home goal­less draw in five days af­ter a game largely de­void of goalscor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Un­like the mid­week stale­mate against FC Hal­i­fax when Moors squan­dered chances, the Moors man­ager felt a draw was a pos­i­tive, es­pe­cially as it kept them within the play­off places against a team he also ex­pects to be con­tenders come April.

“I thought Luke [Gar­rard] paid us a big com­pli­ment by set­ting up big and pow­er­ful, that’s shows how far we’ve come,” said Flow­ers, whose side have lost once in the last nine matches. “We’re not any­body’s whip­ping boys any­more.

“All in all it was a good point, against a good team. I think Bore­ham Wood will be there or there­abouts when we are look­ing at who is go­ing to be in the play-offs.”

The two teams ef­fec­tively can­celled each other out, with slick foot­ball made dif­fi­cult by the windy con­di­tions.

The best mo­ment came just af­ter half-time when Moors sub Kwame Thomas’s fly­ing over­head kick just cleared the bar but both de­fences were gen­er­ally in rock solid form.

Like Flow­ers, Wood coun­ter­part Gar­rard was also sat­is­fied to re­turn home with a point to ex­tend their un­beaten run to six matches. “To come to a team that’s sixth in the league and go away with a point is a pleas­ing,” he said. “I felt we nul­li­fied them. To per­form like we did, man to man, we were bril­liant. “We had lost four in a row but now that’s six games un­beaten, three wins and three draws. As long as there are more Ws com­ing in our stats, that’s pos­i­tive.” The game it­self will not fea­ture for too long in ei­ther team’s high­lights of the sea­son. Goal­mouth ac­tion was scarce and while Bore­ham Wood had plenty of pos­ses­sion Moors had the bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties. How­ever, nei­ther keeper was tested, though Wood’s Ryan Hud­dart was beaten when Thomas met Adi Yus­suf ’s cross with an over­head kick two min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod, only for the ball to drop over the bar. Kyle Storer glanced a header wide for Moors, with Dar­ren Carter, twice, and Storer hav­ing low shots blocked while Alex Gudger was off tar­get with a header. For Wood, Josh Umerah had a scuffed ef­fort cleared and a 20-yarder from Ricky Shakes smashed into a de­fender in the first half while Manny Parry’s header was blocked af­ter the break and a late scram­ble was also hoofed away.

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