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Moors 2 - 4 Workington


Solihull Moors 2 - 4 Workington - Tuesday 8th December 2009 - FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round.

DESPITE a late fight back Solihull Moors crashed out of the FA Trophy with a 4-2 defeat in the replay at Damson Park.

Andy Hardman opened the scoring for the Reds before James McPike levelled for Solihull shortly after. But just a minute later Jonny Wright restored Workington’s lead. Two second half goals by Gareth Arnison put the result beyond doubt and a late Theo Streete goal wasn’t enough for the home side.

The game kicked off in treacherous conditions with heavy rain persistent throughout the whole match. An early unpunished error by centre back Jon Richardson highlighted how difficult the conditions made it. Workington who lined up in a 4-3-3 formation had Arnison, Jonny Wright and Hardman as their spearhead. The three combined early on but Jonny Wright’s pass just evaded Hardman.

Solihull came back instantly though, a great lofted shot by Ryan Beswick from the edge of the box lobbed the stranded ‘keeper Tony Caig but bounced back off the crossbar. The rebound then fell to Jake Edwards who guided his header towards goal but he also saw his effort hit the bar. The Moors were left cursing their luck once again shortly after, a fantastic run and cross by Derby County loanee Greg Mills found McPike who headed against the post from 12 yards out. McPike troubled the Workington goal again, after good play by Edwards he shot low from 20 yards but it was well saved by Caig’s feet.

Workington took advantage of their good fortune and took the lead after 10 minutes. A hopeful long ball down the line was chased by Jonny Wright, Streete collected the ball but took too long and was robbed by the front man who looked up and saw Hardman free at the back post who knocked the ball home. Workington were in the lead for just 60 seconds though, after a good touch, McPike’s effort from the edge of the box was deflected off Kyle May and looped into the top corner past the diving Caig. There was yet another goal just a minute afterwards. The Solihull defence failed to clear their lines after the ball bounced around in the area, it eventually fell to Reds captain Jonny Wright who hammered his shot past Danny Crane and into the bottom corner.

After those frantic three minutes, the rest of the first half was relatively incident free. Jonny Wright had a chance to extend the lead after Hardman’s great through ball but he shot wide. Wright was sent through once again, this time by his namesake Anthony Wright. The striker got his shot on target but it was well saved by Crane low to his right. Solihull had a chance on the counter attack after a poor Workington corner but McPike’s cross went out of play when the Moors had men over at the back post.

Solihull started the second period much like they did the first. Mills again did well but his low cross was blocked. He then played a good ball into Edwards who saw his close range header expertly saved by Caig. The rebound fell back to Edwards but he flicked his effort over the bar. Workington nearly capitalised on poor Solihull finishing yet again, midfielder Shaun Vipond’s free kick was met by Jonny Wright but his header flashed just wide.

Just as the Moors began to dominate the match again they suffered a crucial setback. A lofted pass to Arnison went straight to the forward’s feet but as he advanced on goal Jon Richardson grabbed his shirt and sent him tumbling to the ground. Richardson was sent off and Workington were given a penalty. Arnison stepped up and although Crane got a hand to his penalty he couldn’t stop it from going in.

Solihull then had a great chance to get back into the game with just over 10 minutes left. They finally made one of their many corners count as Streete met a good Mills delivery but his close range header went just over the bar.

Arnison popped up again though, as Moors pushed forward hoping to get a couple of late goals Workington hit them on the counter attack. A long ball found Arnison who was clean through on goal, he calmly rounded Crane and slotted the ball into the empty net to give Workington an unassailable lead. The front man got himself stupidly sent off two minutes after his goal after kicking the ball when he was already on a yellow card. Streete did make up somewhat for his early mistake as he fired in a good low shot from 20 yards to give the Moors some hope with five minutes left and McPike could have made it even closer but his low shot was well saved again by the superb Caig.

Workington advance to the first round of the FA Trophy and will face Nuneaton Town on Saturday. The Moors’ next fixture comes on the 19th December where they face Alfreton Town at Damson Park in the Blue Square North.

Solihull Moors (4-4-2): Crane; Khela (Stapleton, 45 mins), Richardson (OFF, 56 minutes), Streete, Campion; Mills, Downes ©, English, Beswick; Edwards (Dempster, 78 mins), McPike.

Workington (4-3-3): Caig; Langford, Rowntree, May, Andrews; Vipond, McLuckie, Anthony Wright (Lloyd, 60 mins); Hardman, Arnison (OFF, 82 minutes), Jonny Wright © (Ruttledge, 81 mins).

Referee: S Bennett

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Re: Moors 2 - 4 Workington


Sounds like a good game?

Spoke to a friend of mine who siad he couldn't believe we lost!

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quote:

Jim M wrote:

Sounds like a good game?

Spoke to a friend of mine who siad he couldn't believe we lost!



Neither can I.

Took our chances and we would of won it easily. Can't really remember them having many chances part from their 4 goals. Another sh*te cup season, maybe next year?

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Re: Moors 2 - 4 Workington


Think we just need to face it we don't do cups, wished I knew why as we over achieve in the league by staying in confernece north

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Re: Moors 2 - 4 Workington


ought to do what a previous club I know did, and give the cup money straight to the players fund.. it makes them play out of their skins in cup matches...
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