Solihull Moors 2 Chesterfield 2
By Luke Turner
Moors forced to settle for a point...
Solihull Moors and Chesterfield shared the spoils in a four-goal thriller on New Year’s Day, with the visitors twice coming from behind at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.
John Pemberton’s side had the better of the early exchanges as Marc-Antoine Fortune found space in behind, but poked his effort straight at Ryan Boot.
Jermaine Hylton, recalled to the starting line-up, gave Chesterfield a close scare as he skipped past Bradley Barry and drilled a ball across that evaded Adi Yussuf in the middle.
Some excellent work from Jamey Osborne almost resulted in the opening goal as he drifted past two defenders before crossing for Liam Daly who saw his effort cleared off the line by Haydn Hollis.
Osborne then tried his luck from the halfway line, spotting ‘keeper Callum Burton off his line – the midfielder’s audacious attempt dipped just over the bar.
The breakthrough came eight minutes until the break and it was Osborne who glided past a couple of challenges, before playing Hylton through. He made no mistake from 10 yards, powering into the right corner past Burton.
The Spireites looked to respond and Fortune found himself on the right side of Alex Gudger, but could only skew his strike high and wide.
Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Chesterfield
The visitors were level three minutes into the second half. Boot’s clearance rebounded straight back to substitute Alex Kiwomya who then squared it to Fortune to tap into an empty net.
But it didn’t take long for Tim Flowers’ men to re-take the lead. Darren Carter’s corner was inch-perfect for Gudger to attack and emphatically head past Burton.
Chesterfield were almost level again as Kiwomya cut back for skipper Jonathan Smith who side-footed a shot narrowly wide of the left post.
The Moors defence were then frantically called into action as Boot saved from Jerome Binnom-Williams, before there was pinball in the box that Solihull eventually scrambled clear.
The second leveller of the game then arrived from the visitors as Kiwomya’s initial effort rebounded off the post, before Lee Shaw made no mistake smashing home from a few yards.
With five minutes of the game remaining, Chesterfield almost took the lead for the first time in the match. Shaw nodded a header back across goal where Smith was waiting, but it took a combination of Boot and Gudger to clear off the line.
Full-time: Solihull Moors 2-2 Chesterfield
Moors: Boot, Reckord, Storer © (Maxwell 88), Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter, Yussuf (Carline 64), Hylton, Blissett, Flowers (Stenson 72).
Subs not used: Wright, Boney.
Attendance: 1,375 (459)