Barnet 2 Solihull Moors 0
Moors Stung by Bees by John Clothier
It was a cold wet miserable day when Moors visited the “hive” for the first ever encounter with Barnet.
Kwame Thomas put in a dangerous cross after just two minutes but there was nobody to take advantage. Darren Carter’s 40-yard free kick was easily cleared before on 5 minutes Barnet launched their first attack.
Cousins, between the sticks, for the Bees, had a moments panic following a defensive nod back but recovered in time to avert an early set back. Nevertheless, it was the home side who were adapting better to the slippery conditions – Wesley Fonguck, in particular was already causing problems in and around the box.
On 9 minutes Ryan Boot could only manage to clear the ball as far as Duku but with the Moors shot stopper out of position the incoming shot was well off target. Almost immediately Fonguck combined with Tutonda to find Jack Taylor six yards out, but under pressure, he failed to make the target. Fonguck then tried a 35-yard speculative effort but it hit Duku in the stomach on route.
On 16 minutes Walker was through to a one on one with Boot but the Moorsman produced a brilliant sliding interception to quell the danger.
Having weathered the storm Moors hit back when Adi Yussuf collected Jamie Reckord’s cross but as he turned and thumped the ball goalward in a single movement, Cousins was just able to tip the ball over the bar. Duku shot over on the half hour mark from almost point-blank range as he picked up a defence splitting pass from Tutonda.
With the interval beckoning Tyrone Williams put in a good cross but Danny Wright was a whisker away from connecting
Goalless at half time was a slightly fortunate position for Moors.
Wright continued where he had left off but hit over from Carter’s free kick and the Solihull striker was left to rue a chance when Reckord and Yussuf combined well to create an opening.
Tutonda slipped having rounded Williams whilst Alex Gudger produced an immaculately timed sliding tackle to prevent a one on one with Boot. However, the pressure was starting to tell and the first goal came in the 59th minute when Tutonda found Fonguck in space and the marksman made no mistake from close range. 1 – 0.
Almost immediately Manager Flowers made a double substitution with Jermaine Hylton and George Carline on for Yussuf and Thomas but it was Barnet who next went close as Alexander slid passed Reckord to find Duku who shot straight at Boot from within the six yard area.
Tim Flowers then brought on Luke Maxwell for O’Keeffe and the tide seemed to be turning in Solihull’s favour; Reckord’s throw found Hylton who swivelled and shot but it was just wide.
What Moors did not need at that moment was a long delay but play was stopped for just over five minutes whilst the fourth official took over from an injured assistant referee.
As time started to run out Moors threw everything at their hosts; Hylton put Wright through but the ball gathered pace as Cousin’s collected it. Hylton then put together a trade mark dribbling run down the right flank before a pull back to Kyle Storer whose curling chip went out for a goal kick. Maxwell tried a 20 yarder which was a foot wide.
Referee Parsons indicated nine minutes of added time as Moors poured forward. Storer’s long ball from defence to the charging Liam Daly again gathered too much pace as it hit the rain drenched turf in the 18-yard area
The tail end Solihull pressure was of necessity fraught with the danger of a break and that arrived in the very last minute of the match – Substitute Barham made the most of Moors struggle to clear a corner and Fonguck happily picked up his pass from close range to double his tally and the score line effectively putting the match to bed. 2 – 0.
Tim Flowers pragmatically summed up the game;
"We’ve been on a fantastic run and runs do come to an end. I thought we were poor. – I didn’t think we played well."
The result leaves Moors in fifth position in the league although with Salford, Leyton Orient, Harrogate and Wrexham all winning they are slightly adrift. They now must ready themselves for next week’s visit of fifteenth placed Ebbsfleet United at the Automated Technology Group Stadium Kick Off 3.00 pm
Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer ©, Daly, Gudger, Carter, Yussuf (Hylton), Thomas (Carline), Wright, O’Keeffe (Maxwell). Subs not used; Flowers, Murphy
Attendance 1054 (116)
Report from John Clothier Photos Courtesy of Tom King