West Bromwich Albion 2 Solihull Moors 0
Birmingham Senior Cup The Hawthorns
SOLIHULL Moors boss Marcus Bignot has admitted that the club’s predicament in the Blue Square North affected his team’s performance in their first ever Birmingham Senior Cup final.
Solihull lost 2-0 against an excellent young West Bromwich Albion side and whilst admitting that ‘the better team won’, all eyes were focused on Saturday and the relegation six pointer away to Harrogate.
“It was unfortunate that we played the final in those circumstances,” said Bignot. “The lads were desperate to play but at the same time they realised that Saturday was so important and the last thing we wanted was injuries going into that.”
Several local lads were already carrying knocks on Tuesday night and Bignot said he wouldn’t know until last night, Thursday, if he could name a fully fit squad.
Bignot will also have to deal with the issue of red cards.
In an otherwise excellent draw against highflying Nuneaton at Damson Park, Solihull saw Danny Spencer get his marching orders after the defender was lured into a tackle he’d have done better steering well clear of.
Luckily for the club the team all rallied round with Craig Hinton marshalling the defence and plugging every gap.
That result leaves them on 48 points, one point above third from bottom Vauxhall and equal with Harrogate although with a better goal difference.
Incredibly, the league is so tight that, while relegation looms, Solihull are still on target for a top half finish.
Meanwhile against the Baggies, pre-match entertainment was provided by the very vocal Solihull Moors supporters and they had much to cheer.
Their team held a technically gifted West Bromwich Albion for 50 minutes before Baggies skipper James Hurst scored a wonder goal, Saido Berahino adding the icing to the cake.
Solihull Moors play Harrogate Town away on Saturday, kick off 3pm.