A spectacular goal from Tom Bolarinwa proved the difference as Sutton United negotiated a tricky hurdle to beat Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Both sides exchanged chances to open the scoring before the Sutton winger broke the deadlock with a moment of magic in the 38th minute.

A short corner from Harry Beautyman was prodded high into the penalty area by the oustanding Kenny Davis and, with his back to goal, Bolarinwa hooked the ball over his head into the far corner of the net.

The U's went close to adding to their advantage through Craig Eastmond whose rasping drive was tipped over by Solihull goalkeeper Max O'Leary.

Early in the second half Sutton substitute Simon Walton stung O'Leary's palms with a fierce 18-yard shot.

Despite having Adi Yussuf sent off in the 75th minute for a second bookable offence, Solihull gave the U's a few worrying moments and Sutton goalkeeper Jamie Butler had to be alert to the danger.

Butler, who had another excellent game, tipped away a fine 25-yard effort from Kyle Storer which was arrowing into the net.

The U's survived another late scare when the ball was scrambled off the line to clinch the three points. 

United manager Paul Doswell gave a typically honest post-match assessment: "If it was played in your back garden then I think you would have closed the curtains on that one.

"It was a pretty dour affair but it was all about getting the three points today, we knew it wouldn't be easy.

"It was so important we got the three points, it's capped a brilliant week for us.

"That's seven wins and three draws out of the last 10 games and that's a brilliant return, more than we could have ever had hoped for.

"We worked a short corner and it was intelligent from Harry. He picked out Kenny on the edge of the box and Kenny's lifted it in and that's a good finish from Bolly."

The victory over Solihull sees Sutton remain in second place in the Vanarama National League, just two points behind leaders Macclesfield Town.

The U's visit lowly Maidstone United on Saturday (March 17), kick-off is 3pm.