Five star from the mighty Moors...
Moors laid down a marker to the rest of the league with an impressive 5-0 win over King’s Lynn Town at the SportNation.bet Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A slick move orchestrated by Cameron Archer and finished by Joe Sbarra set Jimmy Shan’s side on the way, before Archer headed home to grab his first goal for the club.
Jamey Osborne then produced a sublime long-range strike to add his name to the scoresheet before Archer notched his second after Osborne’s effort had been saved.
And Osborne wasn’t finished there. The Moors substitute providing an inch perfect corner which stand-in skipper Callum Howe powered into the roof of the net.
Manager Shan was forced into a change in the back three after Alex Gudger picked up an injury in the midweek win, with Mitch Hancox coming into the side.
Skipper Kyle Storer was rested, so the armband was passed to centre-half Howe and Callum Maycock was handed his first start of the season.
Strikers Adam Rooney and Jamie Ward remained out so young Villa loanee Archer again lead the line for the Moors.
Moors were quick out the traps, Tuesday night’s match winner James Ball looking lively and Archer a willing runner up front.
It was Archer who created the first opening of the match. A slide rule pass had Sbarra clean through but the midfielder drove his low shot straight at keeper Archie Mair.
Maycock then looked to play in Sbarra again but the pass was slightly overhit before Archer almost beat Mair to the ball, but the King’s Lynn stopper smothered well.
As for King’s Lynn, Adam Marriott was the danger man but was well patrolled by the defensive duo of Howe and Darren Carter.
The one occasion Marriott did break the line, he was denied by the offside flag although Ryan Boot wasn’t to know and produced an outstretched leg to save well.
Shan’s side enjoyed the lion’s share of possession with Steven Gleeson controlling the tempo but a real cutting edge was missing.
That was until five minutes before half-time. Archer got in down the right, picked out Sbarra unmarked in the middle and from just shy of the penalty spot, he stroked the ball home.
The hosts were well worth their lead but had Boot to thank for keeping them in the lead as the keeper saved smartly to deny Dayle Southwell in first half added time.
Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 King’s Lynn Town
No sooner had the second half restarted that Moors found themselves 2-0 up, a wicked delivery from Cranston was powered home
Archer almost had two in as many minutes. The youngster found himself with time in the box, but he was foiled by Mair in the away goal.
The striker on loan from Villa was enjoying a very impressive afternoon but the spotlight was wrestled from him by who else, but Osborne.
He had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes, when produced a moment to savour. Collecting the ball on the left, Osborne whipped a 25-yard curling effort into the top corner.
It could only be described as an early goal of the season contender such was the way Osborne caressed the ball over the despairing dive of Mair.
That goal really knocked the stuffing out of Kings Lynn who found themselves at Moors’ mercy and quickly conceded a fourth.
Moors’ number 10 was at the heart of everything, and came close to his second. His shot was well parried but fell to the grateful Archer to net his second of the game.
The floodgates had well and truly opened and with just less than 10 minutes remaining, Howe powered home Osborne’s corner for Moors’ fifth.
Howe’s goal capped a fine team performance as Shan’s side fired a warning shot to the National League that they mean business this season.
It meant back to back wins for Moors who followed up the 1-0 midweek victory over Wrexham with a comprehensive display.
Moors will hope to continue that winning feeling into Tuesday night’s game at Altrincham as they look for their third league win on the bounce.
Full-time: Solihull Moors 5-0 King’s Lynn Town
Solihull Moors: Boot; Williams, Howe, Carter, Hancox, Cranston (Piggott, 79); Maycock, Gleeson; Sbarra, Ball (Osborne, 61); Archer (Usher-Shipway,73)
Subs not used: Clayton, Storer.