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Justin Donawa opens goal account in Solihull win

Justin Donawa, the Solihull Moors forward, enjoyed double delight after opening his season goal tally in his team’s impressive come -from-behind 2-1 win at Altrincham in the Vanarama National League on Tuesday.

Justin Donawa celebrates (Photograph courtesy of Solihull Moors FC)

The Bermuda forward converted in the 46th minute to wipe out Barry Baggley’s fifteenth-minute strike before substitute Joe Sbarra grabbed the winner in the 72nd minute to secure the points.

“It’s obviously good to get off the mark finally after some games,” Donawa commented on his club’s website.

“I was just happy that we were able to get back in the game. It’s not in vain now because we won so that’s the main part.

“But I’m happy to get off the mark and it feels good.”

Solihull are fifth in the National League standings and among the play-off positions.

“It’s definitely a big three points on the back of another good win,” Donawa added. “We’re just trying to keep it going, stay in those play-offs and just keep climbing the table game by game.”

The visitors were forced to chase the game after Baggley scored on his debut for Altrincham following his loan move from Fleetwood against the run of play.

“I think it kind of shocked us a bit because we were controlling the game up until their goal,” Donawa added. “We found ourselves kind of all over the shop in a sense.”

However, it was game on after the 25-year-old capped off a fluent move involving team-mates Danny Newton and Adam Rooney to bring the teams level less than a minute into the second half.

“I think half-time was a good break for us,” Donawa said. “We came back out and were able to sort it out defensively most importantly and then get two important goals.

“I think we did well to dig in and just see the game out.”

Substitute Sbarra slotted home the winner after playing a one-two with Callum Maycock to secure the visitors fifth win from their past six outings.

“Joe has showed his quality all season,” Donawa said. “We know what he is capable of and you’ve seen it here. He comes on and impacts instantly in the game creating chances and doing what he does best.

“I think it’s a big credit to Joey to come on and get the winner and now onto Saturday.”

Solihull, who have won their past three league outings, are at home to Yeovil Town in the National League on Saturday.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Redcar Athletic forward D’Andre Wainwright netted his second goal in as many outings in his team’s thrilling 4-3 win away to Sunderland RCA in the National League Division One.

Wainwright converted the visiting side’s third in the 58th minute.

Stowmarket Town pair Reggie Lambe and Willie Clemons both featured in their team’s 4-1 loss at home to Tilbury in the Isthmian League North Division.

Dale Eve and his Spennymoor Town team-mates suffered a 2-0 defeat away to AFC Fylde in the National League North.

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Published October 29, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated October 28, 2021 at 9:49 pm)

Justin Donawa opens goal account in Solihull win

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