MATCH REPORT | Southport 0-1 Solihull Moors – FA Trophy

MATCH REPORT | Southport 0-1 Solihull Moors – FA Trophy

A much-changed Southport exited the Buildbase FA Trophy with a narrow defeat at home to Solihull Moors.

With both sides standing 90 minutes away from lucrative third round games against North London powerhouses in the Emirates FA Cup, the outcome of this tie always felt incidental.

While Southport rested their entire line-up, Solihull rang numerous changes of their own, and in the end it was the visitors from the Vanarama National League who claimed the win.

While the Sandgrounders host Tranmere Rovers on Monday, Solihull travel to Blackpool 48 hours later for the right to play Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal respectively.

Here, it was Jordan Murphy who scored the decisive goal to settle a game played in atrocious weather conditions, ending the Sandgrounders’ ten-match unbeaten run.

Murphy settled the matter nine minutes after half-time, latching onto a clearance before drilling in a low shot from the edge of the Southport area.

It was Solihull who had the better of the game, although clear chances were difficult to come by in the driving rain and ice-cold wind which made a good spectacle near-impossible.

Southport’s line-up featured one loanee and six players who signed in the week on non-contract terms with a further two used as substitutes. For a team who had only completed one training session together, they held their own well, applying good pressure as they chased an equaliser but they lacked the craft to find a way through.

The Sandgrounders had goalkeeper Josh Tibbetts to thank for a number of good saves, clasping the ball at the feet of Corey O’Keefe, who he denied again later in the first half in acrobatic fashion.

Tibbets foiled Darren Carter and produced his best save with an instinctive intervention to frustrate Matt Stenson from a matter of yards just after the hour.

Of the nine players appearing for the first time in a Southport shirt was Alex Russell, introduced as a second-half substitute. Watching on from the stands was Alex Snr, his father, whose exploits during the 1960s and 70s earned his legendary status at the club.

Morgan Homson-Smith had created the game’s first chance, lining up a long-range shot which went over, but chances for the home team were difficult to come by.

Russell played in a corner but no Southport player was able to get a decisive touch, while Dom McHale, the former Ashton United striker, brought a save at full-stretch from goalkeeper Ryan Boot as the closing stages approached.


Southport (4-2-3-1): Tibbetts, Crowley, Mohammed, Parry, Mueller, Mapmosa, Lacey (Russell 51), Whittle, Homson-Smith, Owens, McHale (Ennis 58).
Subs not used: Kinsella, Archer, Green.

Solihull Moors (4-2-3-1): Boot, Williams, Flowers, Gudger (Yussuf 77), Carling, Carter, Maxwell, Thomas, Murphy, O’Keefe, Stenson.
Subs not used: Storer, Osborne, Hylton, Wright.

Attendance: 767

Referee: Andrew Kitching

Report by Alan Jones

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