DANNY NEWTON’s early goal booked Solihull Moors’ place in the FA Trophy quarter-finals after they claimed a narrow 1-0 win against Stourbridge.
Newton scored after just seven minutes to net his first goal since October as Solihull were made to work for their victory against a side two division’s below them.
And Moors’ reward is a trip to fellow National League side Bromley in the last eight with the fixture scheduled to take place on Saturday, March 12 with kick-off at 3pm at Hayes Lane.
Neal Ardley’s side made a quick start at the War Memorial Athletic Ground and hit the crossbar after six minutes when Harry Boyes’ strike came back off the woodwork from debutant Jovan Malcolm’s pass.
And Solihull duly took the lead just a minute later when Newton turned and fired an effort past Stourbridge goalkeeper Charlie Price after the Southern League Premier Central side failed to deal with a corner.
Moors nearly added to their lead when Dallas and Newton combined down the right before the former rolled an effort wide before the same player was denied by Price at the second attempt later in the half.
The visitors picked up where they left off in the second half when Boyes sent a free-kick narrowly over before Newton nodded wide from Ryan Barnett’s cross.
And Solihull thought they had sealed the win late on only for Mark Ellis to see his effort cleared off the line via a Dallas flick.
Stourbridge gave it their all in the closing moments and almost found an equaliser when Solihull goalkeeper Ryan Boot saved Jason Cowley’s shot from outside the area before then keeping out Reece Styche’s effort,
And defender Ellis then made a crucial goal line clearance from the resulting corner as the ball dropped agonisingly wide for the home side with keeper Price inches away at the back post.
Solihull are next in action away at Chesterfield on Saturday, February 19 with kick-off at 3pm at the Technique Stadium.