AFC Fylde 3 Solihull Moors 1
*The Moors suffer their first defeat of the season*
Solihull Moors saw their unbeaten start to the season come to an end after AFC Fylde downed Tim Flowers' men at Mill Farm.
Goals from Danny Rowe, Andy Bond and Gime Toure secured the three points for the Coasters, while Luke Maxwell notched for the visitors.
It took just four minutes for the home side to open the scoring. Joe Cardle set up the prolific Rowe who readied himself before firing low past Ryan Boot and into the bottom right corner.
The Moors responded well and some neat interchange between Danny Wright and Darren Carter resulted in the latter finding some space in behind, but he could only shoot wide of the post.
Fylde did well to work themselves into pockets and captain Bond was next to try his luck with a left-footed strike that Boot got down to and gathered comfortably.
The same man was on the end of some fantastic football worked right from the back as his driven effort eventually went into the arms of Boot.
And it was Bond who gave Fylde a two-goal lead with a strike from just inside the Moors half. The midfielder was first to a loose ball ahead of Kyle Storer and his swinging leg sent the ball over Boot and into the net from way out.
The score line was so nearly made three when Rowe’s strike was parried by Boot, but Tyrone Williams just about got to the rebound to prevent James Hardy from having a simple tap in.
The Moors utilised the weapon of George Carline’s long throw in the hope of getting back into the game as Wright met one at the back post that drifted not far wide of the post, before the same two combined minutes later to the same result.
With just over 10 minutes to go until half time, the combination of Adi Yussuf and Wright began to click and the former almost got the Moors back into the game with a strike that had to be saved low by Jay Lynch.
Flowers’ side began to have more joy in between the Fylde defence and midfield as Jamey Osborne drove with the ball before cutting back inside and striking into the arms of Lynch – despite the slow start, it was more promising for the visitors as the half drew to a close.
Half-time: AFC Fylde 2 Solihull Moors 0
Moors made the dream start to the second-half as, just a minute after the restart, first-half substitute Maxwell reduced the score line to one. Carter’s corner was whipped in and the midfielder reacted by nipping in ahead of the defender to nod past Lynch.
Momentum was building as Solihull searched for that equaliser – Yussuf crossed deep to strike-partner Wright whose looping header went just high and wide.
A glorious chance was squandered as Yussuf raced away after muscling the defender off the ball, before his square ball to the open Wright in the middle was slightly over hit and, as a result, he could only fire wide.
The Coasters themselves found another gear as they went in search of a third goal. A combination of Boot and the defence were in the way to prevent Hardy from netting from close range after the ball dropped nicely.
Dave Challinor brought on Gime Toure with around 25 minutes remaining on the clock and the forward made an instant impact as he regained his side’s two-goal lead. Francis Angol’s burst into the box and shot was expertly saved by Boot, but Toure was there to finish off the rebound.
Jamie Reckord came so close to reducing the score line once again as the full-back latched onto a back heal from Maxwell before striking a low effort that came back off the inside of the post and into the arms of Lynch.
Boot produced a wonderful save to prevent a fourth for the home side, stretching out a right palm to thwart Serhat Tasdemir.
Yussuf could and probably should’ve netted his third of the campaign after doing well to work himself space in the box, before the finish evaded him as he dragged wide with the goal gaping.
With the game now well and truly stretched, Boot was at it again as he saved at the feet of Toure after Rowe picked the substitute out in acres of space.
Back to the other end and Reckord delivered an inch-perfect cross for Yussuf who found himself free inside the box, but the forward was only able to divert his header over the bar.
That was the final opportunity for the Moors as they ended on the losing side for the first time this season - a game in which they probably felt as though they could've got more out of following plenty of chances and neat play.
Full-time: AFC Fylde 3 Solihull Moors 1
Attendance: 1,257 (36 Moors fans)
Report by Luke Turner
Images by Tom King