SOLIHULL MOORS advanced to the fourth round of the FA Trophy after Jamie Stott’s own goal proved decisive in a 1-0 win against AFC Fylde.
Stott diverted the ball into his own net on 21 minutes which extends Solihull’s unbeaten run to five matches and also marked their fifth successive clean sheet.
And Solihull were quick to break down their National League North opponents when they took the lead in the 21st minute.
The Coasters were caught playing around the back which allowed James Clarke to steal in down the right and whip a dangerous cross into the penalty area that was diverted into his own net by Stott.
Andrew Dallas nearly added a second shortly after when he collected James Ball’s defence-splitting pass before he whistled an effort just wide of the far post.
And Lois Maynard saw a long-range effort tipped over the crossbar by Fylde keeper Bobby Jones after he drove with the ball from the halfway line.
The home side improved after the break when Ethan Walker fired an effort over the bar from a cutback.
Moors keeper Ryan Boot then held Nick Haughton’s powerful effort as Solihull looked to stifle any hopes of a comeback.
Maynard came close again in the second period when he headed over the bar when left free in the box from Jordan Cranston’s set-piece.
Fylde somehow failed to draw level when Ben Tollitt blazed over from just a few yards out to hand Neal Ardley’s team a reprieve.
Debutant Josh Lundstram almost capped off an assured display with a goal when his curling effort was deflected behind for a corner.
And Callum Maycock almost made sure of the win late on when his effort was cleared off the line.
Moors boss Ardley provided an injury update on key players Justin Donawa and Callum Howe ahead of the busy festive period.
Ardley said: “Justin [Donawa] is not good, when he fractured his fibula on Tuesday it was displaced and they realigned it, but for the long-term that’s not the right thing and he’s going to need surgery.
“Hollie has done great and booked him in for Monday so he’s probably going to have that pinned or plated.
“It’s probably going to be a three or four-month job for Justin unfortunately.
“Callum [Howe] has got to have surgery on Tuesday on his hip – it’s not as bad as we first feared but it’s still going to be a 10-week job post-surgery. That’ll take him to the beginning of March.”
Solihull are next in action away at play-off rivals Wrexham on Boxing Day with kick-off at 3pm at the Racecourse Ground.