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Cup hope for Moors

AFTER three weeks of competing as the underdogs Solihull Moors will tackle Rugby Town on Tuesday as red-hot favourites to progress to the third round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

AFTER three weeks of competing as the underdogs Solihull Moors will tackle Rugby Town on Tuesday as red-hot favourites to progress to the third round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Although Bob Faulkner's men were beaten 3-0 at Southport on Saturday, and narrowly beaten 2-1 at Telford in the Setanta Shield on Tuesday, their Midlands rivals seem to be experiencing far worse troubles of their own.

Currently occupying bottom place in the BGB Southern League, Rugby Town have also had to deal with a change in management.

Rod Brown left his managerial post last month after seeing the Butlin Road side pick up just two points from six games and replacement Tony Butler is yet to set the world alight.

Moors manager Faulkner would have been proud of his side's sterling effort on Tuesday which saw them lose out to high-flying Telford in extra time.

The home side took an early lead after the referee controversially awarded a penalty against Junior English for handling in the area. Martin Naylor made no mistake from the spot but full credit to Moors who bounced back to equalise after half time.

Carl Motteram whipped in an inch-perfect cross for Jake Edwards to side foot home.

Inspirational Peter Faulds made a nuisance of himself in the second half but there was no way through for either side until Steve Jagielka broke Moors' hearts with a 98th minute winner.

The defeat at Bucks Head followed another disappointing away day defeat at league leaders Southport.

Goals from Ciaran Kilheeney, Alan Moogan and Steve Daly secured the win although in-form shot stopper Danny Crane worked wonders between the sticks to keep the score respectable.

 

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