Loan signing Jake Beesley found the back of the net on his Solihull Moors debut as Tim Flowers’ side ran out 2-0 winners against Sutton United.
Backed by more than 3,000 supporters inside the SportNation.bet Stadium, the win was sealed 17 minutes from time thanks to Danny Wright’s penalty.
The visiting U’s were first to try their luck at goal with Kenny Davis seeing an effort drift comfortably wide of the post.
Beesley then looked to nod one past Jamie Butler in the Sutton goal, but the striker was unable to generate the power as the ‘keeper collected.
A long ball into the Sutton box pinballed around before finding its way to Liam Daly on the edge of the area. He took a swipe with his left boot but watched the effort sail over the bar.
The Moors made the breakthrough on the 20-minute mark and it was debutant Beesley who opened his account. A long throw into the box was flicked on by Daly and there was Beesley to nip in and nod past Butler to put Solihull into the lead.
On the stroke of half time, Tom Bolarinwa looked to respond for Matt Gray’s side after getting a shot away that was deflected behind.
Half-time: Solihull Moors 1-0 Sutton United
Into the second period and a glorious opportunity presented itself to the visitors when Bolarinwa and Aaron Jarvis combined, only for the latter to stumble at the decisive moment just as he was about to pull the trigger.
The Moors, and Beesley, almost doubled their goal tally for the night when the on-loan striker did well to hold the ball up before swivelling and hitting a shot across goal that rebounded back off the post and away to safety.
Jamey Osborne looked to go up the gears when he drove forward and unleashed a shot that had to be parried behind for a Moors corner.
Wing-back Lee Vaughan then ventured forward into an attacking area before hitting a left-footed shot straight down the throat of Butler.
Then came the clincher as Osborne danced into the Sutton area before being tripped by Dan Matsuzaka as the referee pointed to the spot. Wright stepped up and made no mistake, calmly slotting down the middle of Butler’s goal to make it two.
The win lifted the Moors into seventh place and made it nine points out of nine in the last three home outings.
Full-time: Solihull Moors 2-0 Sutton United
Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Reckord, Storer © (Ball 76), Daly, Gudger, Osborne, Gunning, Wright (Yussuf 82), Vaughan, Howe, Beesley (Neufville 88).
Subs not used: Hancox, Hawkridge.
Man of the Match: Liam Daly