SOLIHULL Moors welcome Worcester City to the The Automated Technology Group Stadium for the second time this season on Saturday in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The last time Worcester were in Solihull was back in August when Moors ran out comfortable 3-0 winners thanks to a brace from Darryl Knights and one from Stefan Moore.
The Blues will be looking to emulate their FA Cup exploits of last season when they knocked out Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena in front of 8,439 fans to reach the second round proper, only to then draw away at Scunthorpe but lose the replay 13-14 on penalties.
This season they started slowly in the league losing five of their opening six matches. But since then they have brought in three well known strikers from the football league to reverse their fortunes in the shape of Deon Burton (ex Derby and Portsmouth), Lee Hughes (Kidderminster, West Brom Oldham and Notts County) and Shaun Harrad (Notts County and Burton Albion).
And judging by their three victories in the last four outings momentum is certainly gathering pace and this will be as hard a match as any at this stage of the competition.
But Marcus Bignot is relishing the chance to do battle again with Moors’ local rivals.
He said: “With ex West Brom striker Lee Hughes signing for Worcester there is no doubt they will be a threat in front of goal. It will be up to us to nullify their opportunities and create our own.
“I expect a completely different challenge to the last time we hosted Worcester but we are hoping to continue our fine run of form.”
Moors remain top of the Vanarama National League North despite being held to a 2-2 draw away at Chorley on Saturday.
And despite not managing to claim a ninth win of the season, Bignot was happy to have come away with something.
He added: “In a way we were disappointed not to get all three points last Saturday but in the circumstances were delighted to keep our unbeaten record going.
“To have played the way we did with ten men for 83 minutes probably makes that our best performance so far – we stayed positive and created the better chances.”
Saturday’s FA Cup fixture kicks off at 3pm and ticket prices remain the same as for National League North matches except for season tickets which are not permitted.
In the event of a replay, this will take place at Aggborough Stadium in Worcestershire on October 13th (7.45pm), meaning the scheduled Birmingham County FA Senior Cup match away at Highgate United on that night would be rearranged.