SOLIHULL Moors secured a hard-fought 2-0 win against 10-man Maidenhead United thanks to goals either side of half time from Alex Gudger and Josh Kelly.
Gudger opened the scoring on 21 minutes before Kelly’s 63rd minute penalty settled the game after Maidenhead goalkeeper Dániel Gyollai was sent off at York Road.
The result leaves Moors in third place in the National League table.
Maidenhead started the better of the two teams and were unlucky not to take the lead when Reece Smith’s thunderous half volley rattled the post.
And Solihull then took the lead at the other end when Gudger met a corner at the back post and headed the ball across goal in off the post as the ball trickled over the line.
The game became a scrappy affair thereafter as Callum Maycock’s volley sailed over the crossbar before Ben Coker’s free-kick forced Gyollai into a save.
A moment of madness from Gyollai ended the game as a contest after the keeper. with ball in hand, caught Ryan Barnett in the face with his elbow.
Kelly found the bottom left corner from the resulting penalty to score his second spot kick in as many matches.
And with no substitute goalkeeper on the bench, Maidenhead were forced to play midfielder Sam Upward in goal for the remaining half an hour.
Neal Ardley’s side almost added a third goal when Joe Sbarra’s effort from 25-yards out cannoned against the inside of the post.
Solihull are next in action away at Gateshead on Saturday, October 29 with kick-off at 3pm at Gateshead International Stadium.