A hat-trick by on loan striker Kieffer Moore earned United all three points at Plainmoor on a cold Tuesday night.
Moore struck in the 30th, 60th, and 71st minute to arrest United’s win-less streak that had stretched to eight games.
Player-manager Kevin Nicholson made two changes to the side that drew with Wrexham on Saturday. Midfielder Joe Ward and striker Nathan Blissett dropped to the bench with on loan pair David Fitzpatrick and Jamie Reid back in the starting eleven.
United adopted a 4-4-2 formation with David Fitzpatrick and Dan Sparkes taking to the wings while Jamie Reid played off Kieffer Moore in attack.
Solihull Moors had the better of the opening ten minutes of the first half. Firstly Jack Byrne took advantage of some loose play but his tame shot allowed Moore to claim the ball easily. Akawasi Asante was next to pick up a loose ball and fire wide of goal. Curtis Obeng completed a trio of early chances for Solihull Moors but his shot went over the bar.
United started to get something together in the 14th minute when Fitzpatrick’s cross was nodded down for Young to strike but his effort was deflected wide.
Young was at it again in the 25th minute but this time it was a lot more audacious. He spotted the Solihull ‘keeper off his line and struck the ball from just inside his own half. The ball just clipped the top of the bar and Solihull Moor’s ‘keeper Danny Lewis probably had it covered but it helped to galvanize United’s attack.
United took the lead not long after when Jamie Reid slipped the ball through for Moore to take a touch and side-foot the ball past Lewis into the far corner. Lewis got a touch on the effort, but it had enough pace to find the net.
Moore followed up his opening strike with two further attempts on goal soon after.
Dan Sparkes delivered the first of his many dangerous balls into the box in the 34th minute. Moore’s effort was blocked and then a minute later another effort was cleared away. Moore’s dominance in the air and the ground was starting to tell.
Solihull took back some of the initiative back when they forced a series of corners but United defended them well and soon enough the half-time whistle was blown.
Luke Young took aim from an early free-kick in the second half. He forced Lewis to palm his effort away. United were soon to make it 2-0.
Another Dan Sparkes cross enticed Moore and goalkeeper Lewis to jump together. It wasn’t clear whether Moore knew where the ball had gone after leaping for it, but the ball dropped into the net and United had their second of the night.
Moore scored his third of the night in the 71st minute and yes, it was that man Dan Sparkes once again with a wicked ball that Moore met with a diving header. It was the first time a United player had struck a hat-trick since Elliot Benyon in 2009 (stat courtesy of @torquayfanstat).
Aman Verma's downward header pulled the best out of Solihull 'keeper Lewis who somehow kept the ball out.
Jamie Reid will be rueing missing an ideal chance to make it four for United on the night. His side-footed effort looked nailed on but it swerved at the last moment and struck the post.
Giancarlo Gallifuoco had a good chance to score too, it was a night when United could have scored five or six.
At the final whistle Kieffer Moore went over to the Popular Stand to claim the match ball. He thoroughly deserved his prize and the Man of the Match award.
More of the same from the whole team will give United a chance of upsetting the odds on Saturday when they take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.