AFC Fylde 4 Solihull Moors 1
(FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round)
SOLIHULL boss Marcus Bignot has called on his team to up their game as they face high flying Guiseley in the Blue Square North at Damson Park tomorrow.
Solihull Moors have never beaten the team that currently lie second in the lead in four previous meetings and the task looks a tall order for the home team.
However they’ll be buoyed by the return of last season’s skipper Phil Midworth from Redditch to bolster the defence although attacking options will be limited with Gary Birch still out injured.
Bignot meanwhile has accepted full responsibility for Moors’ 4-1 hiding against AFC Fylde in last week’s FA Cup fixture.
Fylde sit a league below the Solihull side but totally outplayed their visitors, dominating for most of the 90.
Moors may have been without the suspended Stuart Pierpoint but they persistently failed to deal with Fylde’s raking long crosses.
The visitors were behind after 15 minutes and but for two great interceptions from Danny Spencer the picture could have been worse. Jay Denny then cleared off the line on 24 minutes and although Omar Bogle had a shot deflected for a corner on 30 minutes, Solihull were two down moments after.
To make matters worse, just before half time Michael Blackwood was red carded following a foul, the referee applying the ‘last man’ rule.
The second half saw Clarke on for Knights and Dean Bennett for Fleet and the new line-up was rewarded with a classic goal from a Ryan Beswick free kick on 60 minutes. However, five minutes later Fylde made it three and the match was put to bed four minutes after that when a cross to the back post brought goal number four.