Moors de­nied by cruel offside flag

The Non-League Football Paper - - PROSTATE CANCER UK - By David Lawrence

PROUD Tim Flow­ers praised his Soli­hull Moors play­ers for ‘giv­ing it a right go’ as they held League One Black­pool to a goal­less draw at Dam­son Park in front of the TV cam­eras on Fri­day night.

And while that was enough to take the Na­tional League’s sur­prise pack­age into the third round draw for the first time in their his­tory, the man­ager con­ceded they had chances to win it, es­pe­cially with a ‘goal’ had not been con­tro­ver­sially ruled out for offside.

“Without a doubt I thought we de­served a replay,” Flow­ers said. “Con­sid­er­ing there were no goals I thought it was a de­cent FA Cup tie with plenty of en­deav­our which was re­ally all I asked for from the boys.

“I told them to make it a proper cup tie be­cause some­times you see a few dead rub­bers with people swap­ping and chang­ing – not that we could do that – but they went out and gave it a right go.

“It opened up a lit­tle bit in the sec­ond half and there were chances for both teams. Ryan Boot made some great saves for us and we had some great chances as well. Jamey Os­borne has one at the end, it looked like it was go­ing in but one of their back three made a great block.

“They are red hot favourites now but we will go there and give it our best shot.”

The con­tro­versy came mid­way through the first half when a well­worked cor­ner saw Os­borne and Carter com­bine with the lat­ter whip­ping the ball in for Alex Gudger to crash home only to be de­nied by the as­sis­tant’s flag. Flow­ers said: “It was a move that we have worked on. I have seen it back on a mon­i­tor that was quite a bit away so it was hard to tell. When it went in the net I al­ways have a quick look so I could see his flag up so I knew. It was a shame be­cause it was well worked.” That aside, the pick of the chances came af­ter the break with Black­pool’s Ar­mand Gnan­duil­let miss­ing a sit­ter from six yards fol­low­ing a de­light­ful pass­ing move whle a fierce drive from Joe Dodoo forced an ex­cel­lent low save from Boot. At the other end, Adi Yus­suf had a goal­bound shot de­flected over the bar by Cur­tis Tilt be­fore Os­bourne’s late ef­fort was blocked on the line by Don­er­von Daniels. Seasiders boss Terry McPhillips paid trib­ute to Moors, ad­mit­ting the replay will be just as tough for his play­ers. “It won’t be easy at ours,” he added. “We’re ex­pect­ing a re­ally tough game at Bloom­field. “They have some good pay­ers. The lads up front were a hand­ful and their lads at the back were hard to get past. They also played some good foot­ball so I’m re­ally pleased that we’re in the hat and we go again.”

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