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Moors bag another win at fortress

WHISPER it quietly Damson Park is becoming a fortress.

WHISPER it quietly Damson Park is becoming a fortress.

It's now seven games unbeaten at home after Jake Sedgemore's cracking 88th minute free kick sealed an impressive 1-0 win over League Two side Walsall in round three of the Birmingham Senior Cup.

Make no mistake, Moors' wretched away form continued last week with a 4-1 battering at Alfreton Town, but full credit must go to Bob Faulkner's side who matched a strong Walsall team in every department on Tuesday.

After a slow start the only notable chance in the first half went to the hosts.

Hasan Bacchus' clearance crashed off Junior English but trialist Richard Byrne spared his blushes as he swept the ball off the line.

Former German international Marco Reich and promising Wales under-21 forward Mark Bradley gradually got into the game after the break but it was Mannie Smith who had three chances in as many minutes to give the Saddlers the lead.

The midfielder, who operated at centre back for the evening, found himself through on goal after 70 minutes but Danny Crane tipped his effort around the post.

From the resulting corner the former Solihull College academy star's prodded attempt was deflected away after Crane had fumbled and as the ball went back into the area his third attempt trickled narrowly wide.

Moors took heart from this let-off and should have taken the lead but English's powerful header from a Carl Motteram corner cannoned off Marcus Palmer and over the bar.

The home side got their reward late on though when Sedgemore curled in a spectacular free-kick from just outside the area after Darren Middleton was hauled down by Richard Davies.

Assistant boss Rob Elmes was full of praise for the patched up side and feels Moors could go on and win the Senior Cup.

"There were lots of positives tonight (Tuesday) and I was pleased with the way we performed.

"We go into every game looking to win, and tonight was no different. I like this competition, and I see it as one that we can go on to win."

Moors look to extend their impressive home form tomorrow against Durham City in the FA Trophy. Admission to the game is just £10 for adults and £5 concessions.


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