Moors bow out in Wales despite English heroics

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 17 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 09:36

Wrexham 3 Solihull Moors 2

FA Trophy Round Two

TWO Junior English goals and a tremendous display from Solihull Moors did not quite prove enough for them to record what would have been a stunning victory at high-flying Conference Premier outfit Wrexham on Saturday.

The hosts look well set to return to the Football League at the end of the season but Moors were far from daunted on their trip to the Racecourse Ground, twice taking the lead, only to be pegged back and eventually defeated.

Somewhat predictably, Wrexham enjoyed the majority of early possession whilst Moors acclimatised themselves to the pace and surroundings but Jas Singh showed he had quickly settled by keeping out three chances for the hosts.

Moors' first chance fell to Gary Birch but the former Kidderminster man was only able to fire straight at home stopper Andy Coughlin.

The game came to a halt in the 12th minute when Danny Spencer and Rob Ogleby were involved in a nasty clash of heads, eventually leading to the Wrexham man being stretchered off whilst Spencer was able to return seven minutes later after stitches were put in place.

Wrexham should have gone ahead in the 36th minute when Brett Ormerod and Danny Devine combined well, only for the latter to pull his shot wide of the target.

The miss was made to look even more costly three minutes later when Moors swept forward and Dior Angus had the time and space to pick out Junior English who made it 1-0 with a stunning strike from 25-yards.

Just when it looked like Moors might take a slender lead into the break with them though, Wrexham drew level courtesy of Ormerod as he sneaked a shot under Singh in the 45th minute after being fed by Jay Harris.

Despite conceding the late first half equaliser, Marcus Bignot's men came out in confident mood after the break with Omar Bogle proving a threat and Angus going close in a goalmouth scramble.

At the other end, Singh had to make two smart saves to prevent Wrexham edging ahead for the first time and his efforts were rewarded in the 57th minute when the visitors struck for a second time.

Having forced two corners in quick succession, Angus found Danny Spencer to head down for English to turn and make it 2-1 from six-yards.

Wrexham wasted little time in making it 2-2 though when former Damson Park favourite Joe Clarke's long drive was turned in by Adrian Cieslewicz. Moors were angered the goal was allowed to stand though, believing they should have been awarded a free kick in the build up for a foul on English.

Things went from bad to worse for the visitors five minutes later when a combination of Spencer and Singh were adjudged to have taken down Wrexham's player-manager Andy Morrell in the box and former Walsall man Dean Keates converted from the spot.

Moors pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages in order to try and force a replay at Damson Park but it was not to be as the home side held on to set up a trip to Sutton United in round three.

A BUSY festive programme begins for Moors on Saturday when they travel to Corby Town (3pm) before they entertain Hinckley United on Boxing Day and Bishops Stortford three days later. Moors kick-off 2013 with a trip to Hinckley United on January 1.

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