Solihull Moors 4 Eastleigh 1
By Matt Roberts
Four-goal show by the Moors...
Jermaine Hylton’s second half brace helped Solihull Moors on their way as Tim Flowers’ men returned to winning ways against Eastleigh.
Danny Wright and Nathan Blissett put the Moors two to the good at the break, before they were added to in the second half at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.
The visitors were the first to test the opposing goalkeeper as Josh Hare squeezed in at the back post, but Ryan Boot was equal to his header.
At the other end, Darren Carter’s deep corner was met by Liam Daly who was unable to divert his header goal-bound.
The Moors then broke the deadlock after 25 minutes as Wright collected the ball, lifted it over one defender and goalkeeper Luke Southwood and slotted into an empty net.
The pressure was then firmly on Eastleigh as Daly and Hylton both came close with headers at the back post.
10 minutes after the opener, the Moors made it two. Wright’s looping header was half cleared to Blissett who acrobatically finished with his back to goal.
It could and probably should have been three as Hylton raced into the box and slid a ball right across the face of goal which evaded everyone.
Wright then broke free of the Eastleigh defence after an inch-perfect ball from Hylton, but his curling effort didn’t quite bend in time.
Half-time: Solihull Moors 2-0 Eastleigh
Tim Flowers’ side continued the second half just as they ended the first – Kyle Storer was set-up for a long-range effort that was tipped round the post by Southwood.
In the next phase of play, Daly met a cross into the box but his looping header back across goal went just wide of post and bar.
With virtually their first real break in behind the Moors defence, Eastleigh pulled a goal back. Paul McCallum found himself in space before firing past Boot for this 15th of the season.
Within two minutes, Tim Flowers’ men regained their two-goal lead as Wright broke clear and squared for Hylton to tap home from a couple of yards out.
And it was four with 20 minutes still to play. Daly’s delivered a teasing ball in from the right and there was Hylton to meet it in the middle and head past Southwood for his second of the day.
The Moors number 10 came ever so close to completing his hat-trick as Reckord crossed in and Hylton’s glancing header drifted just past the right-hand post.
And that was that as Solihull surpassed the 50-point mark with victory, just two games into the New Year.
Full-time: Solihull Moors 4-1 Eastleigh
Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer ©, Daly, Gudger, Osborne (Maxwell 71), Carter, Hylton (Yussuf 77), Blissett (Stenson 79), Wright.
Man of the Match: Danny Wright