Match report: Solihull Moors 0, York City 3 - FA Trophy

York Press: Chris Smith drills home City’s opener and his first goal of the  season. Picture: Gordon Clayton Chris Smith drills home City’s opener and his first goal of the season. Picture: Gordon Clayton

MATTY Blair bagged a brace as York City won through to the FA Trophy second round with a 3-0 replay victory at Solihull Moors last night.

Captain Chris Smith had earlier opened the scoring for the Minstermen, who will now travel to Salisbury for their next Trophy tie on Saturday, January 14.

City made a couple of changes to the team that started Saturday’s 2-2 draw between the two sides at Bootham Crescent.

Daniel Parslow and Smith both earned recalls with Danny Pilkington and Andre Boucaud dropping to the bench.

Former Wales Under-21 international Parslow was assigned with a containing job on one-time, £3 million man Lee Morris while Smith lined up in a midfield holding role, as City manager Gary Mills switched to a 3-5-2 formation.

Solihull, meanwhile, lost skipper Phil Midworth during the pre-match warm-up when he learned that his wife had gone into labour.

Kicking off next door to Birmingham Airport, the visitors made a flying start to the match with Blair forcing a good save from goalkeeper Jasbir Singh after charging through the left channel with just 15 seconds having elapsed.

City then forged ahead on 11 minutes when Scott Kerr’s cross from the left flank picked out Smith on the far post.

The unmarked Minstermen skipper went on to show admirable composure, taking the ball on his chest before spinning and aiming an eight-yard effort into Singh’s bottom right-hand corner.

Blair was strecthing the Solihull back four from left to right as he covered every blade of grass in the final third as Jason Walker’s striking partner and he flashed a 26th-minute shot across the face of goal from an acute angle.

At the other end, the hosts mustered their first goal attempt on 32 minutes but Gavin Hurren’s ambitious free-kick was more of a threat to a passing 747 than Michael Ingham’s goal.

Nimble footwork by Jordan Fitzpatrick, meanwhile, took him to the edge of the visitors’ penalty box but his lob was grabbed out of the air by Ingham.

The half then came to a close when Richard Walker’s pitiful 30-yard effort trickled wide.

A failure to one of Damson Park’s eight floodlights caused a lengthy delay to the start of the second half before referee Robert Whitton decided there was sufficient light to carry on.

James Meredith went close within a minute of the restart, sending a flashing drive across the face of goal after raiding down the dimly-lit left flank.

After Jason Walker had shot over from 20 yards, Blair then doubled the visitors’ advantage on 61 minutes.

The former Kidderminster winger sprinted on to an excellent 70-yard diagonal pass by Paddy Mclaughlin from the right-back position and then prodded the ball past an outrushing Singh just inside the penalty box.

At the other end, Fitzpatrick volleyed over and shot wide from ten yards in quick succession before Blair put the outcome beyond doubt on 77 minutes in terrific style.

Meredith’s cross from the left was cleared but Blair adjusted his body to volley into Singh’s top right-hand corner 15 yards from goal.

Substitute Pilkington should have added a fourth in injury time but took a heavy touch in front of goal following Walker’s left-wing cross.

Match facts

Solihull Moors 0, York City 3 (Smith 11, Blair 62, 77)

York City: Michael Ingham 7, Daniel Parslow 8, David McGurk 8, Jamal Fyfield 7, Jon Challinor 7, Chris Smith 8, Scott Kerr 7, Paddy McLaughlin 8, James Meredith 8, Matty Blair 9, Jason Walker 7.

Subs: Adriano Moké (for Blair 82) Daniel Pilkington (for McLaughlin 87).

Not used: Moses Ashikodi, Michael Potts, Andre Boucaud.

Key: 10 – Faultless; 9 – Outstanding; 8 – Excellent; 7 – Good; 6 – Average; 5 – Below par; 4 – Poor; 3 – Dud; 2 – Hopeless; 1 – Retire.

City’s star man: Matty Blair – another performance full of energy and endeavour.

Solihull: Jasbir Singh, David Karonji, Stuart Pierpoint (Karl Broadhurst 85), Danny Spencer, Andre Francis, Jordan Fitzpatrick, Gavin Hurren, Michael Blackwood, Simon Johnson, Lee Morris (Steve Jackson 77), Richard Walker (Ryan Beswick 70).

Subs not used: Darren Acton, Craig Hinton.

Booked: McGurk 24, Meredith 32, Parslow 59, Hurren 65, Smith 90.

Shots on target: Moors 2, City 5. Shots off target: Moors 5, City 5.

Corners: Moors 1, City 4.

Fouls conceded: Moors 14, City 12.

Offsides: Moors 0, City 2.

Referee: Robert Whitton (Essex).

Attendance: Not supplied.

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11:23am Wed 14 Dec 11

rogue84 says...

Blair is getting better and better, fantastic news for us, especially as Chambers is going through a lean spell. if they can both get their form synchronised and Jason gets his shooting boots back, we've got a strikeforce that can really stretch teams.
we proved last night the old cliche of form being temporary, class permanent etc. a very professional job, and excellent tactics from Mills to give our midfield some extra steel with Smith who did well.
another clean sheet as well, takes us nicely into the televised game on Monday. lets hope despite the cold and coverage on tv we get another good crowd as can't imagine many will make the trip to from the Midlands on the Monday before Xmas!
Blair is getting better and better, fantastic news for us, especially as Chambers is going through a lean spell. if they can both get their form synchronised and Jason gets his shooting boots back, we've got a strikeforce that can really stretch teams. we proved last night the old cliche of form being temporary, class permanent etc. a very professional job, and excellent tactics from Mills to give our midfield some extra steel with Smith who did well. another clean sheet as well, takes us nicely into the televised game on Monday. lets hope despite the cold and coverage on tv we get another good crowd as can't imagine many will make the trip to from the Midlands on the Monday before Xmas! rogue84
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11:46am Wed 14 Dec 11

born&breed says...

Missed my first game of the season - settled for Radio York - big mistake - Barry off the air, contact only by phone - but they did a sterling job to keep us up to date on the score-line. For all those who say Gary hasn't a Plan B - he did last night with his formation - sent out a side to stop them playing - negating their attack based on their attacking options and approach from Saturday. Well done, hats off to Gary & Darron.
Agree Blair is getting better, early games away from home he was lacking - mind you last night his family and friends were there. We just need to get Jason and Chambers back on the score sheet - hopefully it will be Monday night. A call to all City fans - get down to Bootham Crescent and support the team - we need you there, not sat at home and then commenting on the formation or who should have played etc.
Missed my first game of the season - settled for Radio York - big mistake - Barry off the air, contact only by phone - but they did a sterling job to keep us up to date on the score-line. For all those who say Gary hasn't a Plan B - he did last night with his formation - sent out a side to stop them playing - negating their attack based on their attacking options and approach from Saturday. Well done, hats off to Gary & Darron. Agree Blair is getting better, early games away from home he was lacking - mind you last night his family and friends were there. We just need to get Jason and Chambers back on the score sheet - hopefully it will be Monday night. A call to all City fans - get down to Bootham Crescent and support the team - we need you there, not sat at home and then commenting on the formation or who should have played etc. born&breed
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11:59am Wed 14 Dec 11

openallhours says...

I'd predicted a comfortable victory and I'm so glad that they pulled it off. Very encouraging that goals are coming from other players and I still have a good feeling about 2012. Henderson's loan move is going well and he should come back to us a better player. Would like to see a bit more of Potts as his pedigree should also add something. Wish they hadn' changed Saturday's game to Monday as I'm at a Christmas do (Sunday would have been a great day to move it to). C'mon City!
I'd predicted a comfortable victory and I'm so glad that they pulled it off. Very encouraging that goals are coming from other players and I still have a good feeling about 2012. Henderson's loan move is going well and he should come back to us a better player. Would like to see a bit more of Potts as his pedigree should also add something. Wish they hadn' changed Saturday's game to Monday as I'm at a Christmas do (Sunday would have been a great day to move it to). C'mon City! openallhours
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12:02pm Wed 14 Dec 11

TheonlywayisCity says...

I decided to listen to the radio commentry last night however due to their technical issues it was just occasional telephone calls from Parker.

The Twitter/Text question to answer was whether York should aim for sucess in this competition and I was disgusted to see how many people tweeted and text to say they would be happy to get knocked out of this competition.

Alright it doesn't have the granditure of the FA CUp however it does give us a chance of putting everything that previously went wrong at Wembley right.

The funny thing is that it would be those chaps who say we shouldn't be in this competition who would be lining up first for seats at Wembley!
I decided to listen to the radio commentry last night however due to their technical issues it was just occasional telephone calls from Parker. The Twitter/Text question to answer was whether York should aim for sucess in this competition and I was disgusted to see how many people tweeted and text to say they would be happy to get knocked out of this competition. Alright it doesn't have the granditure of the FA CUp however it does give us a chance of putting everything that previously went wrong at Wembley right. The funny thing is that it would be those chaps who say we shouldn't be in this competition who would be lining up first for seats at Wembley! TheonlywayisCity
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1:31pm Wed 14 Dec 11

RooBeck says...

Well done to the City players and to the City fans who journeyed to the West Midlands last-night. Sounded like a much better display and that we were a cut above Solihull all the game. Despite a tricky 2nd. round away tie coming-up in deepest Wiltshire, against a Salisbury team who must be congratulated on their extra-time FA Cup replay win last-night, this is a competition we can win, without taking our eyes off the main prize of promotion. It will take a squad effort and maybe the return of Liam Henderson into the fold and playing well, but this competition will keep all the squad fired-up and match fit and who knows, there might be prizes all round come Maytime!
Well done to the City players and to the City fans who journeyed to the West Midlands last-night. Sounded like a much better display and that we were a cut above Solihull all the game. Despite a tricky 2nd. round away tie coming-up in deepest Wiltshire, against a Salisbury team who must be congratulated on their extra-time FA Cup replay win last-night, this is a competition we can win, without taking our eyes off the main prize of promotion. It will take a squad effort and maybe the return of Liam Henderson into the fold and playing well, but this competition will keep all the squad fired-up and match fit and who knows, there might be prizes all round come Maytime! RooBeck
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1:59pm Wed 14 Dec 11

openallhours says...

TheonlywayisCity wrote:
I decided to listen to the radio commentry last night however due to their technical issues it was just occasional telephone calls from Parker.

The Twitter/Text question to answer was whether York should aim for sucess in this competition and I was disgusted to see how many people tweeted and text to say they would be happy to get knocked out of this competition.

Alright it doesn't have the granditure of the FA CUp however it does give us a chance of putting everything that previously went wrong at Wembley right.

The funny thing is that it would be those chaps who say we shouldn't be in this competition who would be lining up first for seats at Wembley!
Totally agree. Outside of the football league we are one of the most successful teams in the country with our recent history, for example; 2 Wembley appearances, trips to Bolton & Stoke, play-off semi-finalists and international players within our squad. You only have to look at the likes of Scarborough, Halifax, Chester and now Darlington to realise that we have a lot to be proud of. It would be great if more local football fans spent less money on Premier League merchandise and came to a few more York games instead.
[quote][p][bold]TheonlywayisCity[/bold] wrote: I decided to listen to the radio commentry last night however due to their technical issues it was just occasional telephone calls from Parker. The Twitter/Text question to answer was whether York should aim for sucess in this competition and I was disgusted to see how many people tweeted and text to say they would be happy to get knocked out of this competition. Alright it doesn't have the granditure of the FA CUp however it does give us a chance of putting everything that previously went wrong at Wembley right. The funny thing is that it would be those chaps who say we shouldn't be in this competition who would be lining up first for seats at Wembley![/p][/quote]Totally agree. Outside of the football league we are one of the most successful teams in the country with our recent history, for example; 2 Wembley appearances, trips to Bolton & Stoke, play-off semi-finalists and international players within our squad. You only have to look at the likes of Scarborough, Halifax, Chester and now Darlington to realise that we have a lot to be proud of. It would be great if more local football fans spent less money on Premier League merchandise and came to a few more York games instead. openallhours
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2:26pm Wed 14 Dec 11

OLD - HEAD says...

We were probably fortunate to get a second chance, but I am delighted that we have eventually made it through to the next round. A stroke of genius by Gary Mills bringing both Smith and Parslow back into the team, and playing a 3-5-2 formation. Perhaps this will be used again for some of the key games. But Salisburys win at Grimsby in the FA Cup replay is a warning that they will be no pushover in the next round of the FA Trophy.
We were probably fortunate to get a second chance, but I am delighted that we have eventually made it through to the next round. A stroke of genius by Gary Mills bringing both Smith and Parslow back into the team, and playing a 3-5-2 formation. Perhaps this will be used again for some of the key games. But Salisburys win at Grimsby in the FA Cup replay is a warning that they will be no pushover in the next round of the FA Trophy. OLD - HEAD
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3:29pm Wed 14 Dec 11

iandwightbenton says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
We were probably fortunate to get a second chance, but I am delighted that we have eventually made it through to the next round. A stroke of genius by Gary Mills bringing both Smith and Parslow back into the team, and playing a 3-5-2 formation. Perhaps this will be used again for some of the key games. But Salisburys win at Grimsby in the FA Cup replay is a warning that they will be no pushover in the next round of the FA Trophy.
Unless the fixtures nearly clash and they have their eyes on league and FA Cup duty instead
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: We were probably fortunate to get a second chance, but I am delighted that we have eventually made it through to the next round. A stroke of genius by Gary Mills bringing both Smith and Parslow back into the team, and playing a 3-5-2 formation. Perhaps this will be used again for some of the key games. But Salisburys win at Grimsby in the FA Cup replay is a warning that they will be no pushover in the next round of the FA Trophy.[/p][/quote]Unless the fixtures nearly clash and they have their eyes on league and FA Cup duty instead iandwightbenton
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9:59am Thu 15 Dec 11

redarmy says...

Fantastic show of skill and superior fitness on Tuesday night. The referee was the most comical seen for many years especially when he forgot he had awarded us a free kick! the resulting drop ball ended up in their net!
Fantastic show of skill and superior fitness on Tuesday night. The referee was the most comical seen for many years especially when he forgot he had awarded us a free kick! the resulting drop ball ended up in their net! redarmy
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