Solihull Moors 1 Wrexham 0
By Luke Turner
Gudger wins it on return from injury
Solihull Moors returned to winning ways with a magnificent victory against Vanarama National League leaders Wrexham, ending the Dragons’ unbeaten start in the process.
Alex Gudger’s fine finish late on was enough to seal all three points for Tim Flowers’ men at the Automated Technology Group Stadium in a game where the hosts limited their opponents to very little.
The Moors slightly edged the opening 20 minutes and had the first clear chance as Kyle Storer’s long diagonal found the head of Danny Wright who nodded down to Adi Yussuf, but the striker wasn’t able to add the required contact to poke past Robert Lainton.
Yussuf took aim not long after with a powerful effort that was spilled and then gathered at the second attempt by Lainton.
The visitors were largely kept quiet in the opening 45, with Luke Summerfield having their only sight at goal with an improvised header that flashed comfortably past the post.
The in-form Mike Fondop-Talom was well marshalled by Liam Daly and Gudger who gave the striker little peace.
Sam Ricketts’ side found it difficult to get into their rhythm, although they did begin to enjoy more possession as the half drew to a close.
Half-time: Solihull Moors 0 Wrexham 0
A quick counter attack from Moors saw Jermaine Hylton break away down the left-hand side, before he skipped past two players and cut the ball back for Jamey Osborne who curled an effort wide of the mark.
An inch perfect cross into the box from Kevin Roberts found the head of Chris Holroyd as Ryan Boot was called into action – fortunately for the Solihull ‘keeper, it was directed straight into his arms.
The best chance of the game then fell to the home side in the 58th minute as Hylton whipped in a dangerous cross that was flicked on by Wright, but straight at Lainton.
The palms of Lainton were stung minutes later as Yussuf broke in behind and fired a strike that was moving and well beaten away by the Wrexham number 18.
With eight minutes left on the clock, Moors broke the deadlock thanks to a sweeping finish from the outstanding Gudger. Storer drifted a free kick to the back post where Daly nodded down for his defensive partner to stroke the ball into the bottom corner and past Lainton who had no chance.
Eight minutes were added on at the end of the 90 as Moors had to stay firm and withstand a couple of balls into the box – they were dealt with expertly and Solihull held on for an impressive victory.
Full-time: Solihull Moors 1 Wrexham 0
Moors: Boot (GK), Williams, Daly, Gudger, Reckord, Storer ©, Carter, Osborne, Yussuf (O’Keeffe 90), Hylton (Carline 88), Wright.
Attendance: 2,412 (1,501 away)
Report by Luke Turner
Images by Tom King