Moors maintain run despite late drama

By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 09 January 2013 Updated: 09/01 12:28

FC Halifax Town 0 Solihull Moors 0

Conference North

MOORS survived late drama at Halifax on Tuesday night to stretch their unbeaten run to 11 games and build on the excellent point secured at Gainsborough Trinity in Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

What was always going to be a tough week for Marcus Bignot’s men looked like ending on a disappointing note when Halifax were awarded a controversial penalty deep into stoppage time at The Shay but substitute Jason St Juste missed the target with his spot kick to see the Damson Park outfit return home with a well deserved point.

Moors had two penalty shouts of their own in the opening stages with Michael Blackwood the man to hit the deck but the referee said no on both occasions.

Halifax, who sit sixth in the table, had a chance to go ahead in the tenth minute when Jas Singh’s poor clearance fell to Gareth Seddon but he fired wastefully into the side netting.

Dan Gardner and Seddon were then denied by excellent Singh saves before Dior Angus went close from 30-yards at the other end when his effort just cleared the bar with the keeper beaten.

Gary Birch fired wide at the start of the second half after good work from Dom Langdon before blasting over as the clock reached 60 minutes.

Halifax gradually grew stronger the longer the half went on and began throwing everything at Moors in a bid to grab all three points.

The visitors defended excellently though and were well worth their point, though it appeared they would get nothing when Andre Francis was penalised for a collision with Jon Worthington, a decision that left Moors incensed.

As it was they had no need to be concerned as St Juste dragged his effort wide of the post, leaving the visitors to feel that justice had been done.

MOORS picked up an equally as impressive result at fourth-placed Gainsborough on Saturday when returning home with a 1-1 draw.

Darryn Stamp and Jamie Yates went close in the early stages for the hosts whilst Moors’ first meaningful attack arrived in the tenth minute when Ryan Beswick floated in a free kick that Stuart Pierpoint headed goalwards, only to see keeper Jan Budtz save.

Junior English then cleared the bar after Budtz could only deflect Blackwood’s drive into his path whilst Dominic Knowles missed a good chance at the other end when shooting across goal and past the post.

Excellent work from English in the 39th minute saw him go past two defenders and set up Omar Bogle who could only miss the target before Beswick saw a low drive saved by Budtz as the half came to an end.

Moors started the brighter in the second half and Danny Spencer saw an effort saved but Trinity remained a threat at the other end, highlighted by Stamp hitting the outside of the post from six-yards.

Just as it began to appear that the scoresheet was going to remain blank throughout the 90 minutes, Trinity got themselves ahead with nine minutes left when right back Dominic Romas was left unmarked to head home.

The visitors threw everything forward in a bid to rescue a point and after Bogle went close they got drew level a minute into stoppage time when substitute Darryl Knights crossed only to see the ball hit the back of Luke Waterfall’s legs and trickle into the back of the net.

Moors, who now sit 13th in the table, entertain struggling Droylsden on Saturday (3pm).

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