The FA Cup - First Round
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Hitchin Town 0-2 Solihull Moors

National League side Solihull Moors saw off seventh-tier Hitchin Town's bid to reach the FA Cup second round for the third time with two late goals.

Adi Yussuf converted from the penalty spot for Moors' opener after Jamie Osborne was brought down just inside the box by Noah Chesmain.

Danny Wright doubled the advantage for Tim Flowers' men soon after when he half-volleyed a strike across goal and in at the second attempt when Hitchin failed to clear a corner.

The Canaries' best chance of the game fell to Ezra Forde early in the second half when he got on the end of a through ball, but Solihull keeper Ryan Boot was quickly off his line to make the save at 0-0.

Hitchin centre-back Dan Webb also had a goal-bound header blocked by Solihull's Thomas Kwame from a corner.

Victory for Solihull takes them into the second round for only the second time.

But it took the side in the National League play-off places 72 minutes to break the deadlock against a team two divisions below them.

Wright had an effort from a well-worked Osborne corner cleared off the Hitchin goal line in the first half but their patience eventually paid off.

A capacity crowd at Top Field were unable to get Hitchin, who last reached the second round in 1995, over the line. They will now return to a relegation scrap in the Southern League Premier Central division, where they have won only once all season.

Line-ups

Hitchin Town

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Johnson
  • 2Anderson
  • 5Webb
  • 6Ferrell
  • 3Chesmain
  • 8CainSubstituted forSmithat 87'minutes
  • 4SpringSubstituted forTalbotat 86'minutes
  • 7GreenBooked at 44mins
  • 11BickerstaffBooked at 45mins
  • 10Galliford
  • 9FordeSubstituted forCharlesat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 12Smith
  • 13Mollison
  • 14Charles
  • 15Belgrove
  • 16Burns
  • 17McCaffrey
  • 18Talbot

Solihull Moors

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Boot
  • 2Williams
  • 5Daly
  • 6Gudger
  • 3Reckord
  • 7OsborneSubstituted forMurphyat 81'minutes
  • 4Storer
  • 8CarterBooked at 50minsSubstituted forMaxwellat 75'minutes
  • 14ThomasSubstituted forCarlineat 70'minutes
  • 19Wright
  • 9Yussuf

Substitutes

  • 12Carline
  • 15Flowers
  • 17Maxwell
  • 18Murphy
  • 22O'Keeffe
Referee:
Andrew Miller
Attendance:
3,148

Match Stats

Home TeamHitchin TownAway TeamSolihull Moors
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Hitchin Town 0, Solihull Moors 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Hitchin Town 0, Solihull Moors 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Isaac Galliford (Hitchin Town).

  4. Post update

    Tyrone Williams (Solihull Moors) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Hitchin Town. Conceded by Liam Daly.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Noah Chesmain (Hitchin Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Liam Daly (Solihull Moors).

  8. Post update

    Isaac Galliford (Hitchin Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Hitchin Town. Daniel Talbot replaces Matthew Spring.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Hitchin Town. Charlie Smith replaces Michael Cain.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Hitchin Town. Tremayne Charles replaces Ezra Forde.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Luke Maxwell (Solihull Moors).

  13. Post update

    Ezra Forde (Hitchin Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Solihull Moors. Jordan Murphy replaces Jamey Osborne.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Solihull Moors. Conceded by Dan Webb.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Solihull Moors. Conceded by Noah Chesmain.

  17. Goal!

    Goal! Hitchin Town 0, Solihull Moors 2. Daniel Wright (Solihull Moors) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Daniel Wright (Solihull Moors) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Solihull Moors. Conceded by Noah Chesmain.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamey Osborne (Solihull Moors) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left.