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Solihull Moors 0 Wycombe Wanderers 2
*Moors exit the Emirates FA Cup - by John Clothier*
PUBLISHED: 6th Nov 17

A rare sunny afternoon greeted the players as they took to the pitch for this first round proper Emirates FA Cup game between Moors and Wycombe Wanderers – the first meeting of the two clubs. Wycombe are sitting in the last play-off position in league 2 and have been scoring freely whilst also conceding a fair number of goals.

It was the first match for Gary Whild in temporary charge of Moors ably assisted by the ever-vocal Keith Bertschin. Kieran Higgs and Nick Townsend were cup tied and not available to play.

Solihull made a reasonable start with Darren Carter putting through Jermaine Hylton with away keeper Scott Brown saving with his knees. At the other end a poor clearance gave Stewart a real chance, but Liam Daly got a foot in and the shot swirled away for a corner.

 

With the match looking evenly poised Moors Achilles heel came back to haunt them when Wycombe broke from defence and a long cross towards the far post was not cleared bouncing off Freeman and into the corner of the net. 0 – 1.

On 26 minutes Adebayo Akinfenwa , affectionally known as “the beast” blasted goal wards after a decent cross from skipper Bloomfield but Bannister foiled him with an outstanding save.  

 

Just before the half hour the visitors had two corners in quick succession and as Moors failed to clear the second cross, Stewart and Akinfenwa both hit the cross bar in a goal mouth scramble before the ball fell to Mackail-Smith to poke home from close range. 0 – 2

On 35 minutes a foul on the advancing Hylton provided Carter with a free kick some 35 yards out but Sean St Ledger was a whisker away as the ball curled towards the near post. Stewart tried his luck from the edge of the box but despite seeing it late Bannister produced a fantastic save to keep Moors in with a chance. Akinfenwa and Freeman both went close before Kristian Green put Asante through, but the on-loan striker blasted over the bar

 

0 – 2 was slightly cruel at half time but Wycombe had taken their chances whilst Moors had hardly tested Brown.

Afolayan sliced wide before Moors best move thus far saw Kristian Green put Asante through after good work from Hylton but he could not quite get there for an otherwise golden chance. Wycombe had the ball in the net, but the goal was disallowed for an infringement.

Green was adjudged off side as Carters defence splitting pass gave him a one on one whilst Afolayan’s deflected strike needed all of Brown’s agility as he tipped the ball over the cross bar. Paul Green put substitute Chris Camwell away down the left wing, but referee Huxtable saw nothing amiss as he was clattered to the ground.

Dapo Afolayan went very wide from the edge of the box whilst when Asante produced a magnificent run to the by-line but neither Afolayan or Hylton could convert the cross. Carter cheekily caught a cross with his outstretched heel, but the ball landed on the top of the net. Akinfenwa also cleared the bar as the final whistle beckoned. Three minutes added time saw Asante putting Hylton away, but Brown was well positioned for the shot.

 

And so Solihull exited the FA Cup before the draw for the second round. There was some strong play from the Moors in the second half but their failure to convert the chances created plus two sloppy goals in the first half was the difference between them and the Football league opponents.

 The team must regroup before they play fourth in the table Sutton United next Saturday at the Automated Technology Group Stadium Kick Off 3.00 pm.

 

Seven One Zero Man of the Match              Sean St Ledger

 

Bannister, Green (K), Carter ©, Murombedzi, Sammons (Camwell), Hylton, Afolayan (Carline), Green (P), St Ledger, Daly, Asante. Subs not Used: Kettle, Liburd, Coyle, Acton. Kelleher

Attendance 1545 (807 from Wycombe – thank you)

Report from John Clothier                  Photos from Steve Feeney and Tom King

 

 
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