FOOTBALL - Reid goal sends Moors into FA Cup First Round Proper - The Solihull Observer

FOOTBALL - Reid goal sends Moors into FA Cup First Round Proper

ALEX Reid sent Solihull Moors into the FA Cup First Round Proper after his goal earned Neal Ardley’s side a 1-0 win against Basford United.

Reid’s winner on the hour mark at the ARMCO Arena put Moors in the hat for tonight’s First Round Proper draw – the seventh year in a row that Solihull have reached this stage of the famous competition.

Their opponents proved difficult to break down, despite playing two levels below Moors in the Southern League Premier Central.

Victory means Solihull are in tonight’s First Round Proper draw which takes place at approximately 7.15pm on BBC Two with Moors ball number 54.

Both Joe Sbarra and Reid missed early chances before Ben Coker’s ball from the left flashed across the face of goal.

And Moors then went close through Ryan Barnett before Sbarra was slipped through only for his fierce shot to be parried behind for a corner.

Josh Kelly’s free-kick skimmed the top of the net just before the break as the teams headed down the tunnel all square.

And Moors eventually broke the deadlock on 60 minutes as Reid coolly slotted the ball into the net from Callum Whelan’s defence-splitting pass.

In response, Basford created a flurry of chances which forced the returning Ryan Boot to tip Ben Starkie’s deflected effort over the crossbar.

And Boot was called into action again later in the half as he got down low to keep out Starkie’s shot after Owen Betts flashed an effort across the face of goal.

Goalscorer Reid should have put the game to bed when he went to meet James Clarke’s cross but was unable to make a telling connection with the ball as he tried to pick out the bottom corner.

Moors are next in action at home to Eastleigh on Saturday, October 22 with kick-off at 3pm at the ARMCO Arena.

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