18th Dec, 2018

Solihull Moors aim to maintain momentum

Craig Gibbons 16th Nov, 2018

BUOYANT Solihull Moors will look to maintain the pace at the top end of the National League table on Saturday when they visit Braintree Town.

Tim Flowers’ men currently sit fifth in the standings after 19 games and are just five points off table-topping Wrexham.

It has been a fine season for Flowers so far and he will be hoping Moors continue to blossom when they visit second-bottom Braintree.

Braintree have only won three games so far this season and the Solihull boss will see this as a prime opportunity to chalk up another three points on the board.

Moors head into the game on the back of a 2-0 victory over lower-ranked Hitchin Town in the FA Cup first round on Saturday.

After a goalless first 45 minutes, an Adi Yussuf penalty put Moors ahead in the 72nd minute before Daniel Wright struck six minutes later to ensure Flowers’ men booked their place in the next round.

It is just the second time in the club’s history that they have reached the second stage, with their victory over Hitchin setting up a home tie against League One outfit Blackpool.

The tie will be shown live on BBC Two on Friday, December 30 (7.55pm KO).

Following the victory over Hitchin, Flowers said: “It was a really tough game. At half-time I wasn’t overly happy.

“If you’re going to get any kind of cup run together, you have to come and be dogged and produce a display.

“I thought, in the end, we did that.

“In the second half we looked more stable and it became less end-to-end.

“We were more comfortable, obviously when we scored the goals, but there were less scrambles if you like.

“I wouldn’t say we were poor, but I just told them that I expected better.

“We’ve come a long way in a short period of time and sometimes people start to get a bit giddy.

“We have to make sure we remember where we came from.

“We’ve managed to really stabilise and now we’re a half-decent side that needs to improve and hopefully we will do.”

With the BBC cameras on the cup fixture, Flowers knew the tie would be a tense affair.

“There was only one reason why the camera was there and that wasn’t to watch us win, it was to watch Hitchin cause an upset and we managed to get over the line,” he added.

“Sometimes you’ve got to tough it out.

“That’s the second time in the history of the club that we’ve got to the second round of the FA Cup.

“We’ve had two really tough trips in Witton Albion and here at Hitchin, two definite banana skins.”

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