Solihull Moors Ladies 0 Sporting Khalsa Women 2
Moors fall to narrow defeat - by Leanne Prescott
There was no sunshine to be seen at the West Midland Sports and Social Club as Solihull suffered another defeat against Sporting Khalsa in a close affair.
Khalsa came into the game sitting comfortably in mid-table after a win in their first game of the season against Long Eaton United.
However, two successive defeats at home against Nettleham and Leeds United presented Moors with a chance to get their first points on the board and kick-start their campaign after a tough first few fixtures.
Depleted in numbers this weekend with just three substitutes available in Sam Abbott, Chante Douglas and Jade Hewitt, it was going to be another tough afternoon for Solihull.
Nonetheless, they made a good start to the game, showing good organisation in defence much to Sporting Khalsa’s frustration.
Both sides were evenly matched throughout the first-half, with the away team showing slightly more going forward by way of clear-cut chances, getting their reward after 25 minutes through Donna Arrowsmith to lead 1-0 at the break.
To their credit, Solihull came out in the second-half full of the same determination they’ve shown all season. Unfortunately, there would be no way back into the match after Khalsa doubled their lead fifteen minutes into the half through Bethan Woolley.
Sarah Westwood tried to influence the game by bringing on Jade Hewitt for Lauren Quigley with just over 20 minutes left on the clock before Chante Douglas was introduced for Hannah Sharp. There was, however, nothing to be done with the visitors taking all the spoils from the contest.
The result leaves Moors in tenth place after five games due to a tough spell of fixtures against the divisions top teams. Next week they will face The New Saints who are currently in ninth, making it a crucial fixture for both sides.