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

FOOTBALL - Moors knocked out of FA Trophy by Bromley

SOLIHULL Moors surrendered an early lead to exit the FA Trophy at the quarter-final stage after losing 3-1 away at Bromley.

Moors went in front after just two minutes through Callum Maycock’s early strike only for Michael Cheek’s brace and James Alabi’s late goal to send Bromley into the last four at Hayes Lane.

The result marked Solihull’s first defeat in 12 matches in all competitions with their last league defeat coming against the same opponents back in January.

Neal Ardley’s side made a dream start to the last eight tie when Maycock bundled the ball home from James Clarke’s cross.

However, the home side were soon level when Cheek nodded home at the back post on 13 minutes after Bromley kept the ball alive deep in Moors’ half.

And the hosts pushed for another goal shortly after with Moors goalkeeper Ryan Boot claiming Chris Bush’s firm header at the second attempt.

Solihull responded when Jamey Osborne’s shot was pushed away by Bromley keeper Ellery Balcombe after neatly shifting the ball onto his right foot.

And Moors spurned a good chance to regain the lead shortly before half time when Joe Sbarra blazed an effort over the crossbar after Maycock had cut the ball back into his path from the right.

However, the home side almost went into the break ahead when Cheek’s dipping effort went over Boot and came back off the far post.

The Ravens kept the pressure on in the second period when Jude Arthurs shot over when well-placed to score after good work from Ali Al-Hamadi.

And Bromley eventually completed the comeback on 53 minutes when Cheek cut inside and found the net despite the best efforts of Callum Howe on the line after substitute Kyle Hudlin was dispossessed.

Moors went close through Ryan Barnett who saw a low curling effort well-saved by Balcombe before Harry Boyes fired narrowly over.

And the Ravens secured their place in the semi-finals on 85 minutes when Alabi slotted past Boot after powering through the Moors defence.

Solihull are next in action at home to Eastleigh on Saturday, March 19 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.


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