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Cup defeat, but Moors are still set fair for the play-offs

IT took until the 90th minute on Tuesday night for Craig Owen’s Sutton Coldfield goal to put an end to the Moors’ five-month unbeaten run and dump a young Solihull side out of the Birmingham Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage.

Corby Town 0 Solihull Moors 2

Solihull Moors 0 Sutton Coldfield Town 1

IT took until the 90th minute on Tuesday night for Craig Owen’s Sutton Coldfield goal to put an end to the Moors’ five-month unbeaten run and dump a young Solihull side out of the Birmingham Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage.

But Solihull will probably be content to ‘concentrate on the league’ from now on, after last Saturday’s win at Corby kept them running with the play-off pack.

They face a stern test in the coming week, with Saturday’s visit of third-placed Boston United followed by a trip to second-placed Alfreton Town.

The Moors have bought an extra 250 seats to put in the Damson Parkway end of their ground, which will be installed by March 31, and been given planning permission for them. This was necessary to comply with the league’s ground grading requirements for taking part in the play-offs - and neatly indicates the club’s serious intent of doing just that.

The Corby game began with a bang for the Moors, Phil Midworth sending over a sweet left-footed cross for Matty Smith to head over the advancing ‘keeper and into the net with one minute and 15 seconds on the clock.

Junior England headed a Sam Adkins cross in to double the lead on 35 minutes.

In the second half Corby had plenty of the ball and the territory, yet made little headway and rarely troubled Jasbir Singh between the Moors’ posts. Only once in the first half and only once in the second did he have to come to the rescue.

 

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