19th Oct, 2018

Cup progress for AFC Solihull

AFC SOLIHULL booked their place in the next round of the Les James Challenge Cup with victory over AFC Church.

Church, who are affiliated with Southern Premier Central side Alvechurch and act as a feeder team, play their home games at Northfield Town’s Shenley Lane ground and it was they who settled the quicker on home soil.

With some technically talented young players Church played some tidy football but did little to test the Solihull back line.

Midway through the first half Solihull, who were winning the physical battle, broke the deadlock.

An interception and clearance from defender Stephen Mason sent Solihull No.9 Andy Matthews clear.

Matthews used his strength to hold off the defender and run through on goal, placing a trademark low finish into the bottom corner to make it 1-0.

Solihull adopted a back three again for the game and shortly after the opener wing back Eddy Pitt saw his cross tipped behind.

From the resulting corner Jon Hamer’s deep cross was nodded back into the danger zone by skipper Tom Reynolds and big defender Mason was on hand to power a header in off the crossbar.

The half-time whistle went and in truth this may as well have been the full time whistle.

There was little goal mouth action in the second half as Solihull managed the game out comfortably until the final whistle.

They will now face Fairfield Villa in the next round.

Solihull are back at home on Saturday when they play host to Leamington Hibernian in Midland League Division Three.

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