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Solihull Moors 2 Redditch United 1: Efficient Moors two good for high-flying Redditch

Solihull Moors made sure that they stayed in the FA Trophy this season following their exit from the FA Cup.

Ryan Beswick on the way to scoring what turned out to be the winning goal against Redditch United.
Ryan Beswick on the way to scoring what turned out to be the winning goal against Redditch United.

Whilst it is fair to say that the league is Solihull’s top priority, Moors made sure that they stayed in the FA Trophy this season following their exit from the FA Cup.

In recent years it has taken the eventual winners of the trophy – York City and Wrexham – to overcome the mighty Moors and hopes were raised on Saturday that high flying Southern League side Redditch United would not rain on Solihull’s parade.

Dom Langdon almost made the perfect start for the home side when he headed goalwards after just three minutes.

A full-stretch save from keeper Hornby saw the ball parried to Ryan Beswick who netted but ref Yates blew for offside.

Redditch were fast down both flanks with the impressive Sammons firing over the bar from 18 yards whilst Moors knew the pace of Hylton would need careful marshalling throughout the game.

With a third of the half played it was Beswick again who went close, latching onto a defence-splitting Jordan Gough pass but his shot went wide.

And it was the midfielder once more who played a pivotal role as Moors broke the deadlock on 23 minutes.

Captain for the day Liam Daly launched the ball into the Redditch box and with Beswick sweeping in, Hornby had no option but to come out only to watch the ball as it touched the outstretched foot of Mutton and in over his head.

Daly headed over the bar on 33 minutes but Solihull were unfortunate not to extend the lead when Owen Story took the ball past two defenders before shooting inches wide of the far post.

As half time approached both Sammons and Hylton went close for the visitors but at the break Moors held onto their one-goal advantage.

Tony Breeden was soon in action after the restart seizing on a high dangerous cross, but on 55 minutes a goalmouth scramble saw first Daly, then Langdon and Reece Fleet all unable to convert from close range.

Michael Nottingham brought out another terrific save from Hornby as he headed Beswick’s curling free kick.

Solihull extended their lead just before the hour mark when Hornby parried Daly’s header from a long Langdon throw, but only to Beswick who fired home from six yards.

Darryl Knights had the ball in the net with a superb strike on 63 minutes which was adjudged offside but Redditch were searching for a way back with Daly clearing off the line on 68 minutes and a menacing cross fortunately evading not only the back four but the Redditch attack as well.

However the visitors’ persistence paid off with 20 minutes to go when substitute Spencer was not picked up and he blasted the ball past Breeden from 15 yards.

Moors were content to sus=tain the pressure, hitting Redditch on the break with Bogle and Beswick both having chances and despite four minutes added time they fully justified their narrow win.

They have been drawn away to Conference Premier league strugglers Dartford in the first round proper of the competition on Saturday December 13.

Moors are back in Conference North action on Saturday at home to Lowestoft Town, kick off 3pm.

MOORS: Tony Breeden, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Gough, Richard Taundry, Liam Daly (c), Dominic Langdon, Owen Story, Reece Fleet, Omar Bogle, Ryan Beswick, Darryl Knights. Subs not used: Rob Elvins, Darren Acton, Darren Byfield, Junior English, Aitor Espejo

 

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