UNIBOND South Division minnows Rushall Athletic ended Moors’ only remaining chance of silverware with two extra-time goals.
Manager Bob Faulkner admitted that cup ties can throw up all sorts of surprises and he was not wrong after his side crashed out of the Birmingham Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
A woeful second half performance from the hosts gifted Rushall their first win since beating West Bromwich Albion in the previous round two months ago.
It all started so brightly for Moors when on-loan Birmingham City youngster James McPike opened the scoring with less than a minute on the clock.
The 17 year old finished off a sweeping move from the left which started from another loan signing – Charlie Reece from Bristol Rovers.
With Tim Gould and Mark Faulds out of action Faulkner kept faith with Alex Price in the middle of the park, leaving Junior English as the only senior midfielder in the team.
But the youthful midfield had nothing to do with Rushall’s equaliser as Danny Crane attempted to punch away a corner only to see the ball skid from his fists and into the net.
After the break Moors reverted to a long- ball approach but McPike and Jake Edwards were snuffed out by the away side’s backline.
Chances were few and far between and it was extra-time before the next goal arrived.
On 95 minutes Crane once again struggled to deal with a set-piece and Craig Marshall took full advantage to give Rushall the lead.
Faulkner whipped off his two new loan signings and brought on youth team stars Liam Doyle and Ross Dempster with ten minutes to go.
But the game was wrapped up a minute later when Jarred Stephens smashed home Rushall’s third – despite looking offside.
To top off a dismal night at Damson Park, leading goal-scorer Edwards was carried off on a stretcher leaving Faulkner short of experienced firepower ahead of a tough list of fixtures.
Moors take on promotion-chasing Stalybridge Celtic tomorrow at Damson Park (3.00pm).