FOOTBALL - Moors knocked out of FA Trophy by Barnet - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Moors knocked out of FA Trophy by Barnet

Solihull Editorial 17th Jan, 2023 Updated: 18th Jan, 2023   0

SOLIHULL Moors were knocked out of the FA Trophy by fellow National League side Barnet after Neal Ardley’s side slumped to a 2-0 home defeat.

Moors were undone by goals from Harry Pritchard and Ryan De Havilland either side of half time at the ARMCO Arena as the in-form Bees secured a place in the fifth round at Moors expense.

Ardley named youngsters Kian Ryley and Joel Shambrooke in Moors starting lineup as the pair were handed their first starts for the senior side.

And Ryley was involved in the first meaningful chance of the game when he set Ben Coker away down the left who in turn crossed for Andrew Dallas who headed narrowly wide.

Ryan Boot was then forced to save Nicke Kabamba’s effort at the other end before the keeper denied the same player later in the half to keep the scores level.

However, Barnet broke the deadlock on 44 minutes when Pritchard curled a delightful free-kick in off the post and past Boot from 20-yards out.

And the visitors should have put the game to bed early in the second period only for Boot to make a superb save and deny Idris Kanu with his feet.

Moors went close to a leveller when Ryley’s corner almost crept underneath the bar as Barnet goalkeeper Laurie Walker pushed the ball to safety.

Barnet were denied a second after Boot spilled a ball into the path of De Havilland who shifted the ball onto his right foot and shot goalwards only for Joey Jones to clear off the line.

However, the visitors eventually sealed the win on 79 minutes when De Havilland’s shot deflected in off of Moors captain Callum Howe.

Moors are next in action at home to Aldershot Town TONIGHT (Tuesday, January 17) with kick-off at 7.45pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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