September 30th, 2016

Solihulll Moors beat Boston to progress in FA Trophy

Solihulll Moors beat Boston to progress in FA Trophy Solihulll Moors beat Boston to progress in FA Trophy

MOORS booked their place into the first round proper of the FA Trophy thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Boston

Despite meeting no fewer than 12 times in the league, this was to be the first time the two sides met in the FA Trophy and they were not helped by the driving rain and cold temperature on Saturday afternoon.

The home side started brightly with Ryan Beswick hitting two early efforts at goal, the second of which was well saved by Ravas.

At the other end Moors were given their first scare when a set piece corner from Roberts found leading scorer Southwell who hit an effort wide of the right-hand post.

On 17 minutes Gavin Cowan found Adam Walker who hit a low drive towards the far corner but with Ravas beaten the ball cannoned against the inside of the post and then across the goal line but the Moors attack could not take advantage.

Walker came close soon after with a volley which went over the bar after some good work by Stefan Moore and Ravas needed two tries to deal with a back header from a Connor Franklin throw.

Boston’s best chance came on 24 minutes when Piergianni met Roberts’s corner but Beswick was on the near post to clear off the line.

With ten minutes of the half remaining, a poor clearance saw Southwell run at the Solihull defence from midfield and this time his low effort was deflected onto the post and away to safety.

A goalless opening 45 minutes was perhaps a fair reflection of a pulsating half from two evenly matched teams.

Knights was at the forefront of the attacks as Moore resumed their search for the first goal after the break with his curling corner hitting the side netting and then he shot wide from a Franklin pass.

Theo Streete’s well timed tackle stopped Felix in his tracks as he raced down Moors’ right flank, while Mills fired over from the resulting half cleared corner.

On 64 minutes Southwell broke through the home defence from a good through ball from substitute Johnson but his shot was palmed away by Siegrist.

And the Moors shot stopper then produced possibly the save of the season when a 35-yard shot from Blinco took a wild deflection towards the top left-hand corner but Aiegrist, despite being wrong-footed, dived acrobatically to keep his side in the match.

Both teams were going for the winner and clearly neither manager wanted a replay on Tuesday night.

English headed straight at Ravas on 68 minutes while Southwell went wide on 74 minutes but the elusive goal finally arrived with ten minutes left on the clock.

Moors substitute Steven Leslie, who had moments earlier replaced Adam Walker, drilled in a mid height shot at an acute angle from the left side – the unlucky Ravas spilled the catch and as the ball squirmed across the empty box, another sub, Callum Gittings, was there for a simple tap in.

Beswick’s 20 yarder rattled the cross bar while in the fourth minutes of added time, Dixon was denied in a one-on-one by Siegrist’s leg.

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