FOOTBALL: A WEEKEND win over Maidstone couldn’t be followed up on Tuesday night as Solihull Moors slipped to a one-goal loss against table toppers Lincoln City.
Liam McDonald’s side maintained their mid-table position having now won ten of their 30 games, sitting eight points clear of the relegation zone.
Tuesday night’s opposition have been in the national headlines in the past few weeks – having knocked out Brighton & Hove Albion and Oldham Athletic en route to the fifth round of the FA Cup.
And Lincoln’s winning form continued as a strike from Jack Muldoon after 51 minutes proved enough for the home side who extended their lead at the top of the Vanamara National League table to four points, with a game in hand.
Knowing they would face a stern test, Moors quickly found themselves on the backfoot as Harry White was handed a yellow card following a rash challenge on Lincoln defender Wood.
Lincoln failed to make the most of their early chances, and Moors went close after 16 minutes as George Carline headed against the upright from Ashley Sammons’ corner.
Both sets of defenders dominated aerial battles throughout the first half, making scoring chances come at a premium as the half ended 0-0.
Moors keeper Baxton was straight into action as the second half kicked off when Muldoon broke through for a one-on-one.
Baxton made a solid save with his feet, though moments later Muldoon got revenge as he collected a throw from Wood 15 yards out to give Moors’ keeper no chance.
Further pressure from Lincoln came immediately after the restart as Daly was forced to clear an attempt from Arnold off the line.
Moors may consider themselves unfortunate not to draw level on 68 minutes as Sammons’ corner just eluded the waiting Simeon Maye.
A late effort in stoppage time from Daly almost clinched a point for Liam McDonald’s side, though referee Coggin blew for an infringement in play.
Moors regroup on Saturday as they face Woking away from home – a side currently seven points beneath them in the league.