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Moors can't hold advantage as gap to summit grows; BROMLEY 2 SOLIHULL MOORS 2.

MOORS succumbed to Corey Whitely's last-gasp strike to blow a two-goal lead at fellow play-off chasers Bromley.

Chris Bush's own goal and George Carline's cool finish lit up what had been a largely dull National League game until that point but Frankie Raymond quickly got one back for the hosts and Solihull were unable to hold out at the death.

There were close calls at either end during the opening quarter of an hour, Ben Williamson poking the ball under Moors keeper Ryan Boot, only to see his trickling effort cleared off the line by Tyrone Williams.

At the other end, Nathan Blissett's flick-on sent Danny Wright go through on goal but having wriggled free of his man his effort was also cleared off the line.

The match turned into a physical battle from there with the next opening falling the away side's way on the half hour, Terry Hawkridge's floated ball finding Wright to hit the underside of the crossbar.

Little more occurred either side of half-time until Blissett had a header tipped over the crossbar but Moors steadily got on top from there and warranted the lead on 68 minutes, albeit in slightly fortuitous circumstances.

Darren Carter's free-kick flashed into the box with Bush diverting into his own net and buoyed by the goal the visitors went on the offensive,.

However, Bromley went within a whisker of a leveller when Raymond crossed for Joe Kizzi to send a finish towards goal with Boot and Carter combining to clear.

Carline scampered away to slot home two minutes after coming on but that cushion was soon halved when Raymond's blast from distance made the net bulge.

And with Solihull hanging on, Whitely levelled with a smart shot from the edge of the box after Luke Coulson had played across goal.

The dropped points leave Moors two points shy of a playoff berth.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 9, 2020
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