Solihull Moors 0 Worcester City 1
MISFIRING Moors face a titanic struggle when they take on AFC Fylde in the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round away tomorrow, Saturday.
AFC Fylde have enjoyed a Cinderella-style run rising from the North West Counties league in 2007 to a play off position in the Northern Premier, just one tier below the Damson Park outfit.
A lengthening injury list adds to boss Marcus Bignot’s problems as does a three match banned handed down to Stuart Pierpoint.
There was more misery for Solihull for Moors on Tuesday night against Worcester City when, at the end of the first half, a cross from the right wing from Tom Thornley was not defended and a tap in at the far post gave them all the points.
Worcester had started brightly with only the brilliance of goalkeeper Jas Singh preventing a free kick from going in after just three minutes. Solihull went close themselves but Worcester nudged ahead.
In a spirited second half Solihull matched their opponents in all departments but the only direct shot on target came from Junior English which was safely dealt with.
Given the lofty league position of Worcester, a draw would have been a good result but lack of penetration up front and another gifted goal was the difference between the two teams.
Nevertheless this was a step up from last Saturday’s shock result away at Vauxhall Motors.
The home side were reduced to ten men on 27 minutes but Solihull failed to press home the advantage until the 70th minute when they finally found the back of the net through Reece Fleet.
Minutes later, after terrific play from Singh in the Solihull goal, the away defence failed to pick up an incoming header which powered into the back of the net.
The hosts kept up the pressure and with five minutes left were awarded a penalty following a foul by Stuart Pierpoint on Parkinson, which was converted. Pierpoint received his second red card in three games for the offence.