Moors to face Morecambe in second round of FA Cup

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Solihull Moors will travel to League Two Morecambe in the next round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Derek Adams’ side, who currently sit ninth in League Two, confirmed their place in the second round with a narrow 1-0 win over Maldon & Tiptree.

This comes after Moors beat another League Two side in Scunthorpe United 3-2 at Glanford Park on Sunday.

Jimmy Shan’s side saw their five-game unbeaten streak come to an end at Maidenhead United a week before, but bounced back against a Scunthorpe side who hadn’t played a fixture since 24th October following Covid-19 cases, and sit second-bottom of League Two with only one win in all competitions this season.

Moors took the lead after just four minutes as Cameron Coxe was brought down in the penalty area and Stephen Gleeson smashed home from the spot.

Stephen Gleeson celebrating after scoring his first of two penalties – picture courtesy of Tom King photo

Scunthorpe levelled soon after as John McAtee’s right-footed cross missed everyone and found the bottom-left corner.

But six minutes after half time, the National League side retook the lead after a low free-kick from the left wasn’t cleared properly and Krystian Pearce rose highest to loop a header over Mark Howard in the Scunthorpe goal.

Players celebrating with Kristin Pearce after he made it 2-1 – photo courtesy of Tom King photo

Moors were awarded a second penalty with 10 minutes remaining after Jamey Osborne was fouled and Gleeson once again slotted home.

The Iron scored late on to make it a nervy ending, but the National League side hung on to knock out Football League opposition away from home and within 90 minutes for the first time ever.

Speaking on the club’s website, Shan said, “I think we made it hard for ourselves for the last five minutes of the game and then the five minutes injury time, but I think we deserved the victory.”

He added, “We’ve come across a good outfit today, held our own and won the game. We’re through to the next round of the cup, so the pleasing thing for me was the performance.”

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