Lowestoft Town 2 Solihull Moors 2 – Battling Trawlerboys finally shake off case of the Blues
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Lowestoft Town remain second from bottom in the Vanarama National League North, despite picking up a valuable point after a much-improved performance against high-flying Solihull Moors.
Ady Gallagher's side were looking to end a run of five straight defeats, which has seen them slip to second from bottom in the table, but got off to the worst possible start after 11 minutes when Stefan Moore pushed his way past Michael Spillane before rolling the ball into the bottom left corner of the net, after the hosts failed to deal with Ryan Beswick's cross.
Solihull lost Andy Brown through injury two minutes later, but their rhythm wasn't to be disrupted and they continued to threaten and just 10 minutes later had the ball in the Lowestoft net again, courtesy of Akwasi Asante, but the striker had strayed into an offside position.
In previous matches, the Blues have struggled to get back into the game after conceding early, but this time, instead of losing their shape and confidence, they dug deep and after a prolonged spell of pressure finally got their rewards after 24 minutes.
Adam Smith was allowed time and space in the corner to bring the ball under control before picking out Ryan Jarvis and the former Norwich favourite took full advantage after being left unmarked to fire past on-loan Aston Villa keeper Benjamin Siegrist.
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Solihull didn't look like a side sitting second in the table; instead they were vulnerable at the back and Dean Mason was able to nip in behind their backline twice in quick succession, but was foiled by the linesman's flag.
Just after the 30-minute mark, Danny Crow picked out Jake Reed with a well-timed ball from the left flank, but Siegrist palmed away the striker's glancing header.
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With four minutes to go until the break, Ryan Jarvis' shot rebounded fortunately back to his feet, allowing the 29-year-old to square the ball to Reed who disappointing scuffed his effort away for a goal-kick, as another good chance passed the hosts by.
After an excellent first-half display the only worry for the Blues was whether they would live to regret missing the chances they created and, as is so often the case in football, their wasteful finishing was punished just five minutes into the second half.
James Armson was allowed time and space on the edge of the Lowestoft penalty area, after defenders stood off him, and the midfielder took full advantage as he fired the ball into the top right-hand corner of Ben Killip's net.
Once again Lowestoft showed a lot of character to hassle the visitors as they searched for a way back into the game.
Just past the hour mark a well-worked set-piece, which deserved more, came agonisingly close to pulling Lowestoft level – Crow's free-kick was laid off to Smith and the left-back's first time shot was well kept out by Siegrist.
After 71 minutes the breakthrough came when Asante slipped, giving possession to Harry Barker, who burst forward to set up Robert Eagle, who rounded Theodore Streete before guiding the ball into the bottom left corner of the Solihull net.
With time running out both sides threw caution to the wind and went in search of all three points. Solihull almost regained the lead after 82 minutes, but substitute Shaun Bammant was on hand to make a crucial block after Lowestoft failed to deal with a dangerous in-swinging corner.
In the last minute of normal time, Reed latched onto a long ball over the top but was wrestled to the floor by Michael Nottingham after taking it past the defender, leaving the hosts frustrated after they were denied what looked like a clear penalty, meaning they were forced to settle for a share of the spoils.