Chorley 1 Solihull Moors 6
By Luke Turner
Six of the best for Solihull Moors...
Nathan Blissett hit a 16-minute hat-trick as Solihull Moors dispatched of Chorley at Victory Park on Tuesday evening.
His goals were added to by Paul McCallum (2) and substitute Danny Wright on a fine night for the Moors.
Jamey Osborne had the first sight at goal as he took aim from 30-yards out but could only drift his shot wide of the post.
Ntumba Massanka looked bright for the hosts as he attacked the Moors defence and tested Ryan Boot with a shot that was straight down the throat of the Solihull ‘keeper.
The breakthrough for the Moors came on the 14-minute mark as Osborne played McCallum in on goal. The striker closed in and smashed the ball high into the net, giving Joe Anyon no chance.
After the opening goal, the Magpies put the Moors under some pressure with successive set pieces which Tim Flowers’ side did well to defend, before the ball eventually ran away from Lewis Baines at the back post.
It was then two for the visitors after a well-worked corner kick straight off the training ground. Terry Hawkridge played it into Liam Daly who nodded back for Blissett who then flicked home his second of the campaign from close range.
Marcus Carver looked to conjure up an opportunity for the hosts as he was allowed to turn on the edge of the box and fire a deflected effort just wide of the mark.
Half-time: Chorley 0-2 Solihull Moors
It took just six minutes of the second half for the Moors to net a third. Daly’s header rebounded back off the post before the ball found its way to Blissett after a scramble in the box as the striker poked home.
Chorley responded almost immediately as Alex Newby tapped home, despite the best efforts of Boot who pulled off an outstanding save a moment before.
The game was all but sealed when Osborne worked his way into the area with a trademark run, before spotting Blissett who tucked home for his hat-trick.
McCallum then had the chance to double his tally on the night as Osborne was brought down in the area. The number nine stepped up and cooly slotted past Anyon for a fifth.
Boot was first to react when Carver closed in on goal, as the ‘keeper did well to thwart the Chorley striker with a strong save.
Substitute Matt Stenson, fresh from his goal on Saturday, got in behind the Chorley defence before letting fly with an effort that had to be palmed away by Anyon.
With seven minutes to go, there was still time for the Moors to add a sixth. Lee Vaughan’s pinpoint cross in from the right was met by Wright who headed home to get him off the mark for the season.
Full-time: Chorley 1-6 Solihull Moors
Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Reckord (Hancox 80), Storer ©, Daly, Gudger, Osborne, McCallum (Wright 69), Hawkridge, Blissett (Stenson 69), Vaughan, Howe.
Subs not used: Williams, Carter.