Leaders prove too strong for struggling Saints

Brackley Town striker Steve Diggin holds the ball up at Corby Town
Brackley Town striker Steve Diggin holds the ball up at Corby Town

Brackley Town remain in the Vanarama National League North relegation zone following a 3-0 defeat at leaders Solihull Moors on Tuesday.

Moors extended their advantage at the top with first half goals from Saints old boy Stefan Moore and Liam Daly plus a third just after the restart from Akwasi Asante.

Both sides had early chances, Glenn Walker tested Ben Siegrist while Ryan Beswick’s shot failed to trouble Sam Hornby before Moors broke the deadlock in the sixth minute. Beswick’s 25 yard thunderbolt came back off the far post but Moore read the situation perfectly and smashed home the rebound.

Saints came straight back and forced a couple of corners in quick succession but to no avail. At the other end, Michael Nottingham’s shot was deflected over before Beswick’s 13th minute corner saw Daly rise highest to head in Solihull’s second goal of the night.

Former Moors midfielder Joe Clarke tried an opportunist drive from 25 yards which just cleared the bar but Moors produced some good football despite the testing surface. Moore found his way through but was denied by Hornby while Akwasi’s effort on the half hour mark was spilled by the Saints keeper but Nottingham could not capitalise.

Nottingham went close again before the break but within four minutes of the restart Moors put the game beyond Kevin Wilkin’s side. Jack Byrne sent Nottingham away down the right flank and he crossed for Asante who stabbed the ball into the corner of the net.

Moors had further chances, a pin-point cross from Steven Leslie was just missed by Akwasi on the hour mark while Darryl Knights was foiled by Hornby as Solihull piled on the pressure. Steve Diggin had the best chance for the Saints, his drive beat Siegrist but the ball went a few inches wide of the upright.