IT’S A POINT GAINED FOR BOTH WOOD AND MOORS
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.