Moors aren’t GUN­NER take their eye off ball...

Solihull News - - SPORT -

SOLI­HULL’S FA Cup he­roes put any thoughts of a pos­si­ble head- to- head with Premier­League gi­ants Arse­nal to the back of their minds as they saw off fel­low Na­tional League high- fliers Har­ro­gate Town.

The Moors will play host to the Gun­ners in the third round of the cup if they man­age to beat Black­pool in next week’s re­play but the Dam­son Park side were fully fo­cussed on league points, bag­ging a goal in each half to lift them level on points with their third- placed vis­i­tors.

The game burst into life mid­way through the first half when chances went beg­ging at both ends.

For Soli­hull, Danny Wright was de­nied by the up­right on 25 min­utes be­fore hav­ing an­other ef­fort blocked in front of goal. Kelvin Lang­mead was then de­nied for Har­ro­gate when his header was bril­liantly saved by Ryan Boot.

Moors made the break­through on 36 min­utes and it was Alex Gudger with the goal, powering a header past keeper James Belshaw from a de­light­ful Jamey Os­borne cor­ner.

The vis­i­tors upped their game af­ter the break and twice went close to lev­el­ling only for Josh Falk­ing­ham and Ge­orge Thomson to fire wide of the tar­get.

But Soli­hull weath­ered the storm and fin­ished the strong- er, rat­tling the post for a sec­ond time on 80 min­utes through sub­sti­tute Adi Yus­suf.

And any slim hopes Har­ro­gate had of tak­ing a share of the points back to York­shire were ended five min­utes from time when a trip on Os­borne led to a Moors penalty which Yus­suf duly tucked away un­der the div­ing Belshaw.

Moors’ FA Cup sec­ond round re­play at Black­pool will take place on Tues­day De­cem­ber 18, with a kick off time of 7.45pm. The tie will be screened live on BT Sport 1, with the win­ners set to host Pre­mier League side Arse­nal in the third round.

The two sides couldn’t be sep­a­rated in Fri­day’s clash at the Au­to­mated Tech­nol­ogy Group Sta­dium in front of the BBC cam­eras, with the match end­ing goal­less.

Third round ties are set to take place be­tween Jan­uary 4- 7.

Ac­tion from Tues­day night’s great win

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