17th Nov, 2019

Derby delight for the Earls after ousting AFC Solihull

Ben Tyler 9th Sep, 2019

TOM Reynolds capped off the scoring for Earlswood Town in a scintillating derby win at his former side AFC Solihull.

Joel Hughes and Danny Holliday notched the earlier goals, giving the Earls a platform to build on in the Les James Challenge Cup first round tie.

Seven players who started for the visitors formerly called the Tudor Grange Leisure Centre their home, making the move with player-coach Reynolds in the summer to Midland Football League Division Two.

While the hosts were initially the brighter of the two sides, going close through Tony Furness’ header, it was Earlswood who stole the lead on 15 minutes.

A free kick whipped in by Reynolds fell perfectly into the vicinity of Ryan Froggatt, who’s downward header allowed Hughes to tap the ball home against his former employers.

Moments later, it was two, after Holliday met Jon Hamer’s centre to find the net from close range.

Victory and progression to the second round was effectively sealed on the 35 minute mark, when Reynolds met the ball on the half volley to pick out the far corner of the net – his fourth strike of the season.

A drab second half followed, with no further goals and AFC defender Furness again being denied, this time by Earlswood keeper Mark Fitzsimmons, while Simon Quigley touched a header onto the post down the other end.

Earlswood now return to Division Two action when hosting Fairfield Villa, whilst AFC Solihull host Enville Athletic in Division Three (both Saturday, 3pm).

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