Solihull vs Southport by Luke
Solihull surprised many last weekend when the team managed to take all three points away from home against Maidstone with a 4:2 result, even though they were deemed as sure underdogs. Their victory came mostly thanks to great efficiency in attack, especially thanks to great game from Asante who scored three goals.
Their opponents took the lead in 20th minute, but the visitors replied well via Sterling-James in 26th and Asante from a penalty kick eight minutes later, just to see their player scoring again four minutes later. Hosts were able to reduce the deficit towards the end of the halftime, but the guests scored again in 64th via Asante. Till the end of the game home team stood as the one with more ball possession and chances created, however without change on the scoreline.
This was first victory for Solihull after three consecutive draws, as the team didn't have a victory since 20th August, having four straight defeats prior to these three draws. Solihull is now just below the middle of the table with sixteen points earned, which is ten less than red zone placed side North Ferriby. Home side has no fresh injury worries for this one, except forward and their top scorer Andy Brown (10/4) who remains doubtful.
Their visitors made a strong start into the match and took the lead already in eleventh minute with a goal from Cunnington, while they even doubled up the lead in 24th minute via Higgs. Players of Southport managed to reduce the deficit in 57th minute with a goal from Lussey and even though they were mostly attacking till the end of the game, the scoreline didn't change.
Despite having only two victories in thirteen rounds, the team has just three points less than safely placed Woking and will need to search for a positive outcome here, trying to continue mini-good run with a draw and a victory in previous two clashes. Southport, on the other side, is in a really big problems already so early in the season, as the team stands second from the bottom at the table, having only nine points earned out of thirteen rounds played. In the most recent game, they come from a home defeat against quite a modest side Bromley following 1:2 result. Newly signed midfielder Liam Hynes (from Stalybridge Celtic) will be in contention for tonight's game.
Both teams will be going for a victory here and even though Solihul remains slight favorite here, I expect the visiting team to have more than enough chances to score the goal as well. Maybe even to walk away with something here, but my first choice will be going both teams scoring since neither of the teams have reliable enough defenses.