SOLIHULL Moors’ commercial manager Jake Edwards is urging football fans to support their ‘local club’ this weekend, as they entertain rivals Redditch United in the FA Cup.
Also playing as the club’s striker, Edwards wants as many Silhillians at the game as possible to roar him and the rest of the boys into the next round.
“I’m encouraging everyone to come down for this local derby. Redditch will bring good support to Damson Park and I challenge the people of Solihull to try and make it down to match them,” said Edwards. “We have a strong core support here, but I’m calling on everyone else to try and make it too.
“We know a lot of our fans are already supporters of Villa, Albion and Blues, but if you can’t make that game, come and see your local team - we’re only a few minutes away!”
Edwards said that if people had not been to a non-league game before, then tomorrow’s game would be an ideal opportunity to “experience a new experience!”
“You can get closer to the action, interact with the players, and all in a friendly environment - it’s a good day out,” he said
“And if we can make it through to the first round proper, we have a chance at getting a league team down here. That would create a buzz and more coverage for the local area - it could have a big impact.”
The game this Saturday follows last weekend’s match against high-flying Southport, where the Moors gained a well deserved point. In that game, despite starting slowly, the Moors were the team who opened the scoring on 12 minutes - Greg Mills scoring a free kick from 30 yards.
The impressive Mills - who has agreed to extend his loan this week - continued to cause problems for the Southport defence throughout the first half, but the Moors were not able to find that vital second goal. As expected, Southport put on the pressure in the second half and scored from a corner on 76 minutes, Kevin Lee equaling the scores. Despite the Moors coming back strongly, neither side managed to score the winner, with it ending 1-1.