By Jamie Arrowsmith Wednesday 06 March 2013 Updated: 06/03 19:33
Stalybridge Celtic 0 Solihull Moors 3
MOORS ended a long wait for a win at Stalybridge’s Bower Fold with a comfortable success on Saturday to raise confidence levels ahead of Saturday’s home clash with FC Halifax Town (3pm).
In the 11 previous meetings between the clubs, Moors had only ever won twice, both on home turf, but their somewhat indifferent record was swept to one side on this occasion as goals from Junior English, Omar Bogle and Reece Fleet carried Marcus Bignot’s men to a deserved three points.
Both sides were keen to attack in the early stages with Jas Singh being called into immediate action to save from Celtic’s Kristian Platt whilst at the other end, Dior Angus shot over the bar after good work from English.
Both Ryan Beswick and Michael Blackwood failed to hit the target before Bogle had the ball stolen off his feet when well placed by goalkeeper Alex Cairns.
Prince Haywood was unable to beat Singh with a 20-yard effort in the 31st minute but Moors were quickly back on the front foot, taking a 39th minute lead.
With Celtic struggling to clear the ball out of their box a goalmouth scramble ensued and the ball fell nicely for English to beat Cairns with a well-executed bicycle kick.
Celtic almost responded immediately with a lob over Jas Singh but thankfully for the visitors, Karl Broadhurst was on hand to clear off the line.
The hosts made a double change at the break to try and get themselves back into the contest but Moors made the perfect start when Angus carried the ball from his own half before feeding Bogle to double the lead with a left-footed finish in the 47th minute.
Moors were in dreamland nine minutes later when Fleet struck to kill the game off, hammering home from another scramble in the home side’s box.
Jack Laird and Tom Buckley shot wide as Stalybridge searched for a lifeline but it was Moors who looked the more likely and only a stunning save from Cairns denied Stuart Pierpoint when heading Beswick’s corner goalwards.
Bogle and Beswick saw further opportunities go begging in the closing stages but the Damson Park outfit had done more than enough by that stage to ensure they travelled home victorious.
Moors are also in action on Wednesday night when they travel to Altrincham (7.45pm).
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