Solihull Moors 3 Vauxhall Motors 2
CARL Macauley was left bemoaning individual errors as Motors once again dropped vital points against a team they consider to be their equal.
With both teams languishing towards the foot of the table, Macauley was desperate for his side to get something from Saturday’s game. But despite finding themselves a goal ahead, Vauxhall calamitously allowed Solihull a way back, and eventually lost 3-2.
Vauxhall’s inability to perform against their fellow strugglers is troubling manager Macauley.
He said: “The game at Solihull sums up our season so far. We need to pick up points from the teams around us.”
The home side started the game brightly, twice testing Motors keeper James Coates who saved well on both occasions.
However, 18 minutes in, it was the visitors who took the lead courtesy of great work from on-loan striker Nick Rogan, who waltzed down the right before his cross was turned in by unlucky Solihull defender Simon Travis.
Motors’ lead was short-lived, though, and just four minutes later a scuffed back pass from Alan Griffiths saw Andy Ducros nip in for the equaliser.
Motors should have regained the lead 29 minutes in, but Tom Hannigan managed to miss from point blank range.
The game tightened up after the half hour mark, but when a Phil Midworth free-kick wasn’t dealt with by the Motors defence, Marcus Palmer was first to react, firing Solihull into a 2-1 lead from close range.
Solihull extended their lead 10 minutes later after Peter Faulds was allowed the space to rifle a 25-yarder into the top right-hand corner.
Vauxhall substitute James Holden tapped in a consolation goal.
The Motors manager said: “Mistakes were our downfall again and I’m very disappointed that individual errors have cost us after taking the lead.
“The passing was poor and we gave Solihull time and space to play,.”
Vauxhall: Coates, Owens (Wright), Hannigan, Brannan, Griffiths, Holmes, Noon (Nelson), Egerton, Rogan, Rooney, Noone (Holden). Subs: McDowall, Dames.