07:38PM, Saturday 01 February 2020
James Akintunde netted Maidenhead's opener
Solihull Moors 0, Maidenhead United 2
Maidenhead United gave their survival hopes a massive shot in the arm with a 2-0 win at Solihull Moors this afternoon.
The victory has lifted the Magpies to 17th, seven points clear of the drop zone and to within only a handful of points of the top half.
Back-to-back league wins over Eastleigh and now Solihull have eased the pressure that was starting to build after the losses to Harrogate and Halifax and the disappointing FA Trophy exit to lower league Halesowen Town.
Both of their goals came after the interval but the Magpies were already carrying the greater threat in the first half with Danny Whitehall and Josh Kelly linking up well and causing problems for the Moors' defence. New loan signing from Fulham, Jaydn Mundle-Smith, was also thrown straight into the action by Alan Devonshire and made some telling contributions.
Kelly had a couple of shots blocked in the opening 10 minutes before Whitehall was denied a goal by Ball's block on the line in the 19th minute.
The Magpies thought they might have had a penalty when Ryan Upward went down in the box under a heavy challenge but the referee waved away their appeals.
James Akintunde came close to forcing the ball home in the 47th minute, after more good work from Kelly. But the visiting fans didn't have to wait too much longer for the opener, Akintunde getting his reward in the 66th minute when he slid home to convert a cross from James Comley.
Moors might have levelled when Reckord was denied by Alan Massey's goal-saving block on the line in the 74th minute. Storer blazed the rebound over the bar when well positioned and the Magpies' lead survived intact.
The hosts came closer still in the 84th minute when Storer hammered the ball against the post with Taye Ashby-Hammond well beaten. But they made the most of that good fortune just a minute later when Ody Alfa, on loan from QPR, crashed the ball home from Comley's well-timed pass.
(Highlights uploaded to Youtube by Solihull Moors Football Club).
Wright headed wide for Moors in the closing stages but by that stage the Magpies had already done the damage.
The Magpies now go into their own 'winter break' ahead of their next league clash, a huge game at AFC Fylde on Saturday, February 15. Moors remain in eighth place, just outside of the play-offs, but are now only six points above the Magpies.
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