FOR the second week running AFC Solihull dumped higher-ranked opposition out of a cup competition.
Having come from 2-0 down to beat Fairfield Villa 3-2 in the Les James Challenge Cup the previous weekend, AFC Solihull overcame West Midlands One outfit Darlaston Town 2-0 in the Birmingham Vase on Saturday to secure a place in the second round.
Darlaston dominated possession for much of the first half but the Solihull defence comfortably dealt with any threat.
Solihull showed some promise of their own and on 43 minutes Kieran Evans played in the recalled Joel Hughes who calmly slotted a low drive into the net for his third goal in five starts this season.
An even second period began to swing Solihull’s way in the last half an hour when they introduced joint top scorer Andy Matthews from the bench.
Playing on the counter, Matthews and strike partner Jon Hamer were still able to cause the Darlaston defence problems and after a breakaway the latter crossed for Elliot Price to slam the ball home and give Solihull a two-goal lead with 15 minutes to play.
As the clock ticked down, Solihull soaked up the pressure and continued to defend manfully to protect their clean sheet.
Solihull return to Midlands Three action on Saturday when they welcome Inkberrow to the Everyone Active Ground.