Moors continued their unbeaten start to the season with a convincing 3-0 win over Dorking Wanderers at the ARMCO Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Goals from Joe Sbarra, Callum Howe, and Josh Kelly made it back-to-back victories for Neal Ardley's men who produced a professional performance to see off 10-man Dorking.
Dorking did have a golden chance to reduce the arrears with the scoreline only at two but Moors keeper Louie Moulden did brilliantly to deny Dorking's Ryan Seager from the penalty spot.
Moulden had brought down Bobby Joe-Taylor to concede the spot-kick but made amends diving low to his right to save and keep Moors on track to climb to second in the table.
Moors started the game strongly and put the visiting side under the cosh in the opening exchanges. That early pressure soon told as on the quarter-hour mark Sbarra provided the breakthrough.
After a neat one-two between Sbarra and Callum Maycock, the Moors number seven stayed composed to slot the ball into the bottom corner and give his side a deserved lead.
Moments later, the major turning point in the game, as Dorking’s Isaac Philpot received his marching orders.
Philpot could have no argument, as the last man, he hauled Andrew Dallas over with the Scotsman bearing down on goal. Referee Ed Duckworth had no over choice than to show the red card.
The hosts quickly capitalised on their man advantage and doubled their lead midway through the first half. Skipper Howe got on the end of a corner, sending the ball looping over Dorking keeper Slavomir Huk into the top right-hand corner. 2-0.
Ardley's men were looking comfortable and determined to add to their lead. Striker Alex Reid found himself in a goalscoring position, he got his head on the end of a cross but was unable to keep it down and it drifted over the bar.
Moors d then thought they had their third. After making a clever run off his marker, Dallas had the ball in the back of the net but his joy was short-lived as the assistant raised his flag for offside.
So 2-0 is how it stayed with Moors in complete control at the interval.
HT: Solihull Moors 2-0 Dorking Wanderers
However, it was Marc White's men who started the stronger of the two sides after the break, with Seager causing problems for the Moors backline.
And with the visitors gaining in confidence, they were presented with a golden opportunity to get themselves back in the game.
Joe-Taylor showed a turn of pace to latch onto a through ball, he was quicker to it than the advancing Moulden, and the Wolves loanee brought the midfielder down in the penalty area.
He may have conceded the spot-kick but Moulden more than made up for it, stifling Seager from 12-yards and keeping Moors' two-goal lead intact.
The penalty save seemed to galvanize the hosts and once again it was Moors applying the pressure.
Ardley rang the changes, Callum Whelan, Connor Parsons, and Josh Kelly all made an impact off the bench. The lively Parsons in particular began to cause headaches for a tiring Wanderers' rearguard.
He so nearly provided an assist. James Clarke, desperately unlucky to divert the winger's cross onto the crossbar, having arrived late at the far post.
But it would be another substitute who would have the final say, Kelly grabbing his maiden goal for Moors and in some style.
The forward thought he'd opened his account moments earlier, but his effort was chalked off as referee Duckworth had already blown his whistle. But Kelly wasn't to be denied, stepping up to smash the resulting free-kick into the top corner, giving Huk absolutely no chance.
A first home win for Moors sees them add to their two victories on the road and to within one point of the Vanarama National League summit.
TFT: Solihull Moors 3-0 Dorking Wanderers
Solihull Moors: Moulden, Clarke, Coker, Howe, Sbarra, (Whelan 60’), Maycock, Dallas, (Kelly 64’), Osborne, (Parsons 74’), Barnett, Kelleher, Reid
Subs not used: McNally, Vaughan