Havant & Waterlooville 0 Solihull Moors 1
By Luke Turner
Unbelievable late drama at Westleigh Park
Solihull Moors made it four wins on the bounce without conceding after some incredible late drama against Havant & Waterlooville.
Deep into injury time, the Moors nicked it after an almighty scramble that ended up with substitute Adi Yussuf having a shot that made its way into the back of the net to spark jubilant scenes in the away end at Westleigh Park.
Manager Tim Flowers made four changes from the side that began Tuesday night’s victory against Dagenham & Redbridge with captain Kyle Storer, Darren Carter and Kwame Thomas all returning, while Jermaine Hylton was also given a start. Yussuf, George Carline, Luke Maxwell and Corey O’Keeffe dropped to the bench.
Carter was first to take aim inside the opening five minutes with two free kicks in quick succession, the second drifting narrowly wide of the left-hand post.
The home side took a while to build up some momentum and, after 21 minutes, they opened up the Moors backline. Nicke Kabamba did well to find the run of substitute Dan Strugnell whose cross was parried by Ryan Boot, before Alex Gudger did well to clear from underneath his own crossbar.
Just a few minutes later, Bradley Tarbuck found some space on the left, cut inside and whipped an effort towards the far corner that flashed not too far wide of Boot’s post.
Tricky winger Ibra Sekajja began to find small pockets in between the Moors midfield and defence – he was next to try his luck with an effort that fizzed well over the bar.
Moors went straight up the other end as Jamie Reckord sent in an inviting cross that Thomas nodded down for Hylton, who couldn’t quite generate the power on his header to trouble Ben Dudzinski.
Storer then found himself in acres of space 25 yards out, before lining up a shot that was always rising and cleared the bar of Dudzinski’s bar.
Half-time: Havant & Waterlooville 0-0 Solihull Moors
A decent opportunity presented itself shortly after the restart as the hosts broke down the left side with Tarbuck. The winger crossed in towards the head of Alfie Pavey, but he could only divert wide of Boot’s right post.
The Moors came to within inches of opening the scoring with just under an hour played. Left back Reckord found himself in space in the box before setting himself and striking an effort that rebounded back off the inside of the post.
The visitors were caught on the break just a few minutes later as Sekajja worked his way around Gudger, before setting up Kabamba whose powerful shot rippled the outside netting.
With the game very much now end-to-end, Danny Wright sense an opening for himself as he turned his marker before unleashing a drive that was always rising over the bar.
Lee Bradbury’s side began to have the better of the half with Boot having to be alert after a long ball over the top, before Andreas Robinson drove into space and unleashed from 30 yards – fortunately for the Moors, it comfortably cleared the crossbar.
Boot was called into action as the towering Pavey looked to loop his header over the Moors keeper who was alert and gathered without too much trouble.
Yussuf entered the fray with little under 20 minutes remaining and the Solihull number nine gave close on two occasions to putting his side into the lead. A header from Corey O’Keeffe’s corner went just wide of the mark, before the forward ran from halfway and unleashed but to the same effect of his first chance.
Four added minutes were indicated at the end of the 90 and deep into added time, the Moors incredibly snatched a winner. Yussuf did extremely well to hold up and lay off to Wright who saw his shot from a tight angle tipped onto the woodwork by Dudzinski. The ball bounced around and it was Yussuf's shot that was somehow bundled into the net!
Flowers' men remain in fifth place, but are now just two points behind new leaders Salford City.
Full-time: Havant & Waterlooville 0-1 Solihull Moors
Moors: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer ©, Daly, Gudger, Osborne (O’Keeffe 63), Carter, Hylton (Carline 80), Thomas (Yussuf 73), Wright.
Unused subs: Flowers, Maxwell.
Man of the Match: Liam Daly
Report by Luke Turner
Photos by Tom King