Solihull Moors 2 Dagenham & Redbridge 0
By Luke Turner
Moors down Daggers to make it three on the spin...
Jermaine Hylton put the icing on the cake with a superb late finish against Dagenham and Redbridge as the Solihull Moors recipe for winning games cooked up three wins on the bounce.
Moors had taken the lead in the first half through Danny Wright but had to battle hard to keep their noses in front as the visitors threatened a second half comeback.
Luke Maxwell and George Carline came in for the suspended Darren Carter and Kwame Thomas in the only changes from Saturday's 5-0 thrashing of Bromley.
The game started slowly and the first talking point came in the 11th minute when a long ball upfield found Wright who played strike partner Adi Yussuf clean through into the box. Yussuf appeared to be brought down by Ben Goodliffe but the referee waved away claims for a penalty, a decision which incensed manager Tim Flowers.
On 20 minutes, a weak header back towards goal from Daggers defender Luke Pennell was intercepted by Wright and he made no mistake, calmly slotting the ball under keeper Elliot Justham to give the Moors the lead.
Five minutes later, Maxwell was booked for a late challenge and from the resulting free kick from deep, Chike Kandi hacked a shot well wide.
As the half passed the half hour mark, a Daggers corner found Elliott Romain in space in the box but his shot was brilliantly blocked by Alex Gudger. Moors counter attacked immediately and Yussuf combined well with Maxwell, whose looping cross from the left found Wright on the far side. He worked an opening but his right footed shot was deflected wide of the post.
On the brink of half time, the visitors were awarded a free kick on the left of the area for a foul which earned a booking for George Carline.
Harry Donovan's delivery fell invitingly in the box but Corey O'Keeffe was alert to clear the danger.
Half time: Moors 1 Dagenham 0
In the second half, both sides struggled to find any rhythm with the defences well organised and both sides restricted to shooting from long range. Dagenham looked the most likely to make something happen with the impressive Romain dropping deep to receive the ball and torment the Moors back four with his tricky runs.
On the hour mark Daggers former England manager Peter Taylor decided to send on the extra pace of Lamar Reynolds in an attempt to find an equaliser. Flowers also played his hand, with Hylton replacing Carline.
A minute later Kandi showed his speed by carrying the ball fully 40 yards towards goal but his tame effort bobbled harmlessly wide of Ryan Boot's goal.
With 14 minutes left on the clock, Moors best move of the match created a golden chance for Wright. An accurate pass from Gudger out of defence found Hylton, Jamey Osborne took the ball on and swept it out to Jamie Reckord on the left. The full back put in a delightful cross on a plate for Wright but his towering header flew inches over the crossbar.
Daggers threw on two more substitutes in search of a goal but the Moors kept their shape and offered a threat on the break.
And in the 89th minute it was super sub Hylton who provided the luxury of a second goal when he chased down a hopeful punt upfield from Jordan Murphy. The striker put on the afterburners in a foot race with left back Liam Gordon to get the ball under control inside the penalty area, he feigned to shoot and slotted the ball past the wrong-footed recovering defender and keeper and into the net.
With the game won, there was still time for Maxwell to pick up a loose clearance and hit a 25-yard shot which was held low down by Justham.
The final whistle signalled jubilant scenes from the Moors faithful behind the goal, as the club heads into the Autumn sitting in fifth place of the Vanarama National League.
Full time: Moors 2 Dagenham 0.
Moors: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Daly (c), Gudger; Maxwell, Carline (Hylton 61), O'Keeffe, Osborne; Yussuf (Murphy 87), Wright.
Man of the Match: Alex Gudger
Report by Chris Cresswell
Images by Tom King