On a cold wet blustery day in Lincoln, Solihull Moors Women bowed out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, on their first-ever appearance in the first round proper stage.
After a few early exchanges, it was Lincoln who took the lead when a cross by Wilcock was met by McHamilton whose shot evaded the grasping hands of Fran Vitale in the Moors goal. What followed was a period of intense pressure by the hosts, but the Solihull defence was resolute.
At around 20 minutes the Moors started to settle down, and nerves were further calmed when a cross by Annie Ackroyd found Leah Seivwright who couldn’t quite get enough on it to knock it past the Lincoln keeper.
By this stage it was end-to-end stuff and, on 25 minutes, when a perfect through ball from Seivwright found Lois Jefferies, she chipped Halloran in the Lincoln goal for the equaliser. This lifted Moors spirits and David Healey's side were probably in the ascendancy when Lincoln regained the lead after 37 minutes.
A cross wasn’t dealt with by the Moors defence and Blinkhorn pounced on the loose ball and the shot was diverted into the back of the net via a couple of Moors bodies.
Just before half-time Moors had a big shout for a penalty when Seivwright was adjudged by the referee to have been fouled just outside the Lincoln area, the resulting free-kick was fired straight into the Lincoln wall by Jefferies.
Half-time: Lincoln City Women 2-1 Solihull Moors Women
Lincoln came out in the second half all guns blazing, and only some last ditch tackles and blocks kept the scoreline unchanged. This was the case until the 56th minute when Lincoln were awarded a penalty after a heavy challenge by Ellie Bruton. The resulting spot-kick was converted when McHamilton sent Vitale the wrong way.
Manager Healey then made some changes when Araina Thompson and Bruton were replaced by Sigourney Gowlett and Jessica Lowe, before another Lincoln chance was deflected onto the post and away to safety.
Another couple of changes saw Maisie McDonnell and Mollie Richardson come off for Kathryn Pagan and Ella Doocey as Moors chased a foothold back into the game. This freshened it up for Moors and Pagan kept battering the Lincoln defence and riding many tackles with the resulting shots and crosses not being converted.
On 75 minutes, Jefferies was found unmarked at the back post following a sublime delivery by Seivwright only to see her shot loop over the crossbar. A through ball from skipper Zoe Creaney found Pagan on the edge of the six-yard box, but she was unable to convert.
With eight minutes left to play, Seivwright landed heavily on her ankle and was lying on the penalty spot. The Moors forward was on the floor for some considerable time and was carried off the field by her teammates and coaching staff.
The game petered out for the Moors after the injury and it seemed to knock the stuffing out of the visitors. During this time Lincoln twice managed to get the ball into the Solihull net, but both were adjudged to be offside.
A spirited display by the Moors and with a little bit of lady luck shining down it might have been a different story.
Full-time: Lincoln City Women 3-1 Solihull Moors Women
Solihull Moors Women: Vitale (GK), Ackroyd, Bruton (Lowe 58), Creaney (C), Richardson (Doocey 68), Weaver, Redmond-Lyon, Thompson (Gowlett 58), McDonnell (Pagan 67), Jefferies, Seivwright.
Subs not used: Leedham