Justin Donawa helps Solihull Moors fight back to seal second straight victory
Justin Donawa played the entirety of the match as Solihull Moors made it back-to-back wins in the Vanarama National League, coming from behind to overcome visitors Weymouth in a 2-1 success yesterday.
Building on the momentum of an emphatic 4-0 thumping of Altrincham on Saturday, Moors continued their strong recent form at their Damson Park ground, stretching their unbeaten home run to seven matches.
However, they were made to work for the three points as the visitors broke the deadlock after just nine minutes, with Sam Shield’s shot across goal finding Josh McQuoid to poke the ball home.
However, the hosts responded strongly and got themselves level in the 31st minute in opportunistic fashion through Kyle Hudlin. Closing down a pass back to Weymouth goalkeeper Ethan Ross, the striker was rewarded for his workrate, blocking the attempted clearance before slotting in.
Moors could have found themselves ahead five minutes before the interval, but Alex Addai could only fire his attempt over the bar after being played through by Callum Maycock.
Starting the second half as they finished the first, the home side created a number of chances in the opening 15 minutes after the restart. Weymouth goalkeeper Ross did brilliantly to deny Hudlin, before Bermuda forward Donawa had a goal-bound glancing header inadvertently blocked close to the line by one of his team-mates.
However, Moors’ endeavours finally reaped reward in the 63rd minute as substitute Adam Rooney got on the end of pinpoint cross from Jordan Cranston to head past Ross.
The victory leaves Moors fourteenth in the standings on 51 points, comfortably in mid-table with five fixtures remaining.
Meanwhile, in the same division, Donawa’s international team-mate, Jonté Smith, was again not part of the Woking squad that suffered a 3-2 defeat away to table-topping Sutton United.
The Bermuda forward has not been involved in Woking’s matchday squad for unspecified reasons in the previous five matches; last featuring in a 2-0 home defeat by Torquay United on April 20.
Having fallen behind to a Louis John goal after just six minutes, Woking went into the interval level courtesy of Charlie Cooper’s 24th-minute penalty.
However, a disastrous seven-minute spell after the break saw Sutton not only retake the lead, but gain a goal-two cushion. Donovan Wilson struck in the 51st minute, with David Ibukun Ajiboye adding a third in the 58th.
To their credit, the visiting side refused to give in and reduced the deficit with three minutes remaining through Joe Ryan Leslie. However, it proved too little, too late, as Woking suffered a ninth successive league defeat.
The latest setback leaves the club, who have picked up a single point from their previous 13 games, in 20th position, three points above King’s Lynn Town, having played a game more.