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Marcus Bignot targeting FA Cup run as Solihull Moors draw Yeovil

Solihull Editorial 18th Oct, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

MARCUS Bignot has challenged his Solihull Moors side to continue making history after the National League club reached the first round of the FA Cup for the very first time.

After winning promotion to the top flight of English football last season and more than finding their feet in the National League, Moors now have an exciting FA Cup fixture away at Yeovil Town to look forward.

“It’s been a remarkable 2016 for the football club,” said Bignot.

“Now this is an opportunity to make headlines and create even more history in what has well and truly been the most successful year The Moors have known.”

Moors ensured their name was in the hat for the first round proper after beating Kettering Town 3-1 at home on Saturday thanks to a brace from Andy Brown and Ryan Beswick.

The last time the two sides met was in the third round of the historic competition nine years ago when a 2-1 win put Moors through and this time around events followed in a similar pattern.

Liam Daly headed a Ryan Beswick free kick straight at Snedker in the Kettering goal early on and Beswick himself shot wide soon after when he should have done better.

Beswick soon redeemed himself on 18 minutes when Sterling-James had been brought down and Beswick stepped up to curl an exquisite 20-yard free kick into the back of the Kettering goal.

Solkhon headed wide for the visitors while at the other end Brown’s dangerous header was well saved by Snedker and he was quick to deny Daly’s rebound.

The hosts however did manage to double their lead in the 24th minute thanks to Brown. Shep Murombedzi put in a powerful run down the right before putting over a sublime cross to the waiting striker who finished with a perfect header inside the near post.

The Poppies were far from finished and might have reduced the deficit when Vaughan dropped Howe’s cross from the right and a frantic struggle saw Weir Daley’s shot blocked before the Moors keeper managed to smother the ball.

Beswick came close with an opportunist 30 yard shot as soon as play resumed for the second half and Jack Byrne failed to get a free kick on target after Osborne was clipped from behind by Haran.

Bignot’s side were denied a penalty shortly before the hour mark when Murombedzi dribbled his way into the Kettering box only for his nose to feel the full force of Haran’s elbow but the referee waved away any protests.

Moors kept up the pressure and were duly rewarded in the 65th minute when Sterling James put in a precision cross for Brown to power into the far corner.

The Poppies scored a merited consolation goal when Haran met Brighton’s free kick and Jones headed wide on his debut but it remained 3-1 as Moors set up a trip to Huish Park in the first round.

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