Solihull Moors made it two wins from two in pre-season with an excellent 5-0 win away at Southern League Division One West side Evesham United.
Penalties from Jermaine Hylton and Kwame Thomas, as well as goals from Jamey Osborne, Callum Coyle and Moors Academy youngster Reiss McNally helped give the Moors a convincing win at a very hot Jubilee Stadium.
Tim Flowers made four changes to side that beat Tamworth 3-0 earlier in the week, Liam Daly and Adi Yussuf returned from knocks to replace Danny Wright, who missed out on the game, and trialist Jhai Dhillon. Luke Maxwell and trialist Jordan Murphy were also given starts, replacing Darren Carter and Kwame Thomas, who dropped to the bench.
Solihull Moors asserted their National League authority early on in the fixture, with chances from Jordan Murphy and Luke Maxwell.
The Moors were then given a big opportunity to take an early lead, as Jermaine Hylton received a pass from Adi Yussuf and was swiftly brought down by Evesham captain Linden Dovey. Hylton then stepped up to take the spot-kick and coolly slotted past Harvey Rivers to make it 1-0 in the sixth minute.
Evesham United began growing into proceedings as the first-half went on, with Cory Simpson proving a threat on the left for the Robins, nearly helping Linden Dovey to make amends for giving away the earlier penalty, but Moors keeper Ryan Boot was more than equal to Dovey’s effort.
Solihull Moors started to gain the upper hand once again, with Yussuf and Hylton having a couple of chances that nearly caused trouble for the Evesham defence. Alex Gudger also came close with a header from a Hylton corner.
The Moors pressure eventually paid off, as Jamey Osborne showed his quality with a wonder strike from 25 yards to double the Moors’ lead in the 42nd minute and give Tim Flowers’ side a 2-0 lead heading into half-time.
Evesham attempted to put pressure on Solihull in the opening exchanges of the second-half, but it was the Moors who nearly had the next goal, but despite Jordan Murphy poking the ball into the net, the linesman judged the trialist as offside and the score remained the same.
The two sides then exchanged some cracking efforts, with Gary Preen shaking Ryan Boot’s crossbar with a quality 20-yard free-kick for Evesham, and Jamey Osborne nearly doubling his personal tally for the day forcing Harvey Rivers into a quality fingertip save from his shot from just outside the penalty area.
Kwame Thomas eventually entered the fray replacing Adi Yussuf and was able to score his second pre-season goal in as many games, scoring from penalty spot in the 75th minute, with Dovey once again commiting the foul for Evesham.
A couple of minutes later Moors loanee Luke Maxwell sent a free-kick over the bar, before Solihull made it 4-0 in the 86nd minute, as Moors Academy defender Reiss McNally, who had replaced Alex Gudger a little earlier, capitalised on a mix-up in the Evesham United defence and slotted home for his first Solihull Moors goal.
Just three minutes later it was 5-0. Substitute Callum Coyle completed the rout with a great strike from the edge of the box, which flew into the top right corner.
Next up in pre-season for Solihull Moors is a home fixture against Birmingham City’s Under-23s on Wednesday the 18th of July (7.45pm kick-off).
Evesham United Starting XI: Rivers, Dovey (c), Wellon, Haskayne, Summers, Anson, Thomas, Williams, Davies, Preen, Simpson.
Substitutes: Taylor (gk), Tustin, Dunbar, Brain, Price, Collicutt, Jacob.
SOLIHULL MOORS STARTING XI: Boot, Williams, Carline, Storer (Trialist), Daly (Trialist), Gudger (McNally), Osbourne (Trialist), Maxwell, Yussef (Thomas), Hylton (Hurst), Murphy (Coyle).
Subs Unused: Vaughan, Carter.