Solihull Moors 3 AFC Fylde 0

Sent off: Richie Allen
Sent off: Richie Allen
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It was an unfortunate start to the season for the Coasters as they travelled to Solihull on the opening day of the new National League North.

A Stefan Moore double and a Tom Hannigan own goal saw Solihull take all three points after the vistors had been reduced to 10 men early on after Richie Allen’s red card.

After a bright start from the Fylde, disaster struck when Daly headed the ball towards goal from a corner where Allen, standing on the line, punched the ball over the bar to deny the goal.

Referee Mike D’aguilar subsequently sent Allen off and awarded the home side a penalty, with former Aston Villa man Stefan Moore making no mistake from the spot with 18 minutes on the clock.

From then on, it was an uphill battle for the visitors , although they battled valiantly for the rest of the match.

It was not until the 82nd minute that the home side made it 3-0 when Tom Hannigan scored from a corner.

Meanwhile, it was a disappointing start for Southport who went down 4-0 at home to National League title favourites Eastleigh but the result flattered the visitors.

Southport more than held their own in the first half, but he match turned on its head when three minutes before half-time, Jai Raison scored for he Spitfires then and immediately after the break, the Sandgrounders were down to 10 men when Andrei Jones was rightfully sent off for a two footed tackle.

But as the Eastleigh players surrounded the referee, Raison punched Richard Brodie in the face but, amazingly, the referee only produced a yellow card.

Jamie Turley then headed in to double the visitors’ advantage and made the game safe in the 74th minute through Ben Strevens’ penalty after Matty Challoner had fouled Ross Lafayette in the box. Substitute James Constable finished things off in injury time, slotting in Lafayette’s pass.