Solihull Moors 2 Dover Athletic 2
By Luke Turner
Four-goal thriller at the ATG Stadium...
10-man Solihull Moors claimed a deserved point thanks to a Tyrone Williams goal right at the death against Dover Athletic.
The visitors were quick out of the blocks and took the lead after just four minutes. Bobby-Joe Taylor crossed into the box and the ball dropped for Alfie Pavey who had acres of space and finished from a few yards out.
Jamey Osborne looked to respond as he jinked past a couple of players, before firing his shot well wide of the mark.
Danny Wright then went down under pressure in the box, but the referee waved away any claims of a penalty.
A long ball up-field was knocked down by Nathan Blissett who found the on-rushing Darren Carter – the midfielder could only shoot straight into the hands of Lee Worgan.
The Dover stopper then had to be at his very best as Wright met an Osborne corner at the near post that had to be tipped over.
However, it didn’t take long for the Moors to level. Wright did well to hold off his man, before laying off for Blissett who then dummied for Osborne. The Solihull number seven saw his driven low shot parried straight to Wright who made no mistake, tapping home from close range.
With half-time just a minute away, Alfie Doe had other ideas as he put the away side back into the lead. A Taylor free-kick was parried by Boot straight to Doe who smashed into the net.
Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-2 Dover Athletic
Liam Daly did well to meet an Osborne long throw, but his glancing header went wide of Worgan’s near post.
But Daly was to head for an early bath when he picked up two bookings in quick succession after contesting with Pavey for a high ball.
Hylton almost conjured up a magical moment when his took his time to weigh up a cross that eventually came and had to be headed off the line when all it needed was a touch.
Moors began to build-up some pressure on the Dover backline as Osborne drove into the box, cut inside and went down under a challenge – the referee booked Osborne for diving when it looked a stonewall penalty.
Hylton then worked his way into some space and unleashed a powerful effort that was straight down the throat of Worgan.
Time was running away from Solihull as they searched for an equaliser as Osborne tested Worgan from distance. The goalkeeper spilled, but Hylton was offside when trying to follow-up.
Substitute Anthony Jeffrey looked to put the game beyond doubt, but his rasping shot from a tight angle fizzed wide.
Joe Sbarra was on for his home debut and he put in a delightful cross that could only be flicked wide by Blissett.
Moors kept plugging away and deep into injury time, their reward came. A George Carline throw was put back into the mixer and Williams was there to poke past Worgan.
Full-time: Solihull Moors 2-2 Dover Athletic
Moors: Boot, Williams, Reckord, Storer ©, Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Carter (Sbarra 72), Hylton (Yussuf 83), Blissett, Wright (Carline 54).
Subs: Maxwell, Hawkridge.
Man of the Match: Jamey Osborne