Maidstone United 1 Solihull Moors 3
By Luke Turner
Magnificent Moors victorious again...
Solihull Moors extended their phenomenal run as they made it seven wins from eight in all competitions, with victory away at Maidstone United.
Three goals in the opening eight minutes gave Moors the lead after a frantic start, before Jermaine Hylton wrapped up the three points in the second half.
Solihull made a dream start to the game, taking the lead after just 90 seconds. Ryan Boot's quick throw released Hylton down the left, before the striker raced forward on the counter attack and played in Danny Wright who steadied himself and smashed past Lee Worgan.
That lead was doubled just five minutes later as Jamey Osborne jinked his way down the right and drilled a low ball across the box. Hylton did well to dispossess his marker, before finding Adi Yussuf who drilled his shot low and into the back of the net.
The hosts reduced that two-goal lead almost immediately as top scorer Blair Turgott found space on the edge of the area and let fly with a shot that fizzed past Boot in the Moors goal, clipping the post on its way in.
That gave the Stones some much needed confidence and a snap shot from Jack Powell tested Boot, but it was straight down the throat of the Moors goalkeeper.
Wright had a fantastic opportunity to net his second and Moors’ third of the afternoon as Yussuf made up ground down the right and poked a ball through to Wright who saw his effort from close range well blocked by Worgan.
The Moors were given an almighty scare as Maidstone went back up the other end as Turgott found himself through one-on-one with Boot but, luckily for Solihull, his strike cannoned back off the crossbar.
A patient Moors move resulted in the ball being shifted over to Jamie Reckord on the left-hand side as he aimed for Yussuf in the middle with a lofted cross, but his header sailed comfortably over the bar.
Half-time: Maidstone United 1-2 Solihull Moors
The opening exchanges of the second period were a lot less frantic than in the opening half, with Moors doing well to take the sting out of their opponents.
Wright had a half chance to head for goal after a long ball forward, but the angle and height of the ball directed was always against the frontman as he nodded wide.
Some excellent hold-up play and a lay off from Wright allowed Osborne to drive forward into some space and had the ever-willing Tyrone Williams making a burst down the right – the ball to the full back was just over hit, to the relief of Maidstone.
With around 20 minutes to play, Tim Flowers made use of his first substitution as Matty Stenson came on for his Moors debut after joining from Leamington earlier in the week.
He was straight into the thick of the action, going up with Stones ‘keeper Worgan to challenge for a high ball which the striker met, but flicked wide of the post.
Flowers’ side made all three points safe as a mix up in defence was pounced upon by Hylton, who rounded Worgan and slotted home into an empty net.
Some fine last gasp blocks from Reckord and his fellow defenders prevented a nervy final few minutes for the Moors who did well to see the game out and secure another impressive three points and move up to fourth.
Full-time: Maidstone United 1-3 Solihull Moors
Moors: Boot, Williams, Daly ©, Flowers, Reckord, Carter, Maxwell, Osborne (O’Keeffe 84), Yussuf (Stenson 71), Hylton (Thomas 78), Wright.
Unused subs: Carline, Murphy.
Attendance: 2,106 (38 Moors supporters)
Man of the Match: Jermaine Hylton
Report by Luke Turner