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06:09 15th December 2015

Solihull Replay Preview

Town make the trip to the Midlands to take on Solihull on Tuesday night to complete their FA Trophy First Round tie.

The two sides drew 1-1 at Blundell Park a week last Saturday, with an early goal from the Moors' Andy Brown giving them the lead before Ipswich loanee James Alabi's second half goal means that the teams will

Since the original game, Town were knocked out of the FA Cup in their replay at Shrewsbury by a last minute sucker punch despite being the better side throughout but responded with a last minute goal of their own in the 1-0 victory over Dover at the weekend, which means the Mariners go into the game in fourth position in the National League.

After suffering their first loss in 17 league games against Boston United just prior to the first game, National League North side Solihull have bounced back since then and picked up a good 2-1 victory at fourth placed AFC Fylde last time out to reclaim third position in their division.

With the winner facing a home tie against either Weston Super-Mare or Wealdstone in Round Two, it is a good chance for the winner to progress and they will be hoping to do just that on the road to Wembley, where the final will take place in May.


Paul Hurst is likely to make several changes to the team that played Dover at the weekend, and could go for a similar eleven to the team that played in the original game, which could mean games for the likes of defender Shaun Pearson, winger Jack Mackreth and loanees Conor Henderson and James Alabi. Danny East has recovered from a foot injury and is set to be named in the 16 man squad.

Solihull welcomed experienced striker Stefan Moore back into the fold at AFC Fylde on Saturday after missing the game and he is likely to play, whilst the Moors should have a largely fully fit squad otherwise.


The referee for Tuesday's clash is Derek Eaton and to find out more about him, click here


Manager Marcus Bignot took charge at Solihull in the summer of 2011 after spells as both a player and assistant manager, with the club becoming a solid side in the National League North during his tenure.

The brother of former Town player Paul, Marcus spent 20 years as a player, most notably appearing over 150 times for Queens Park Rangers over two spells, the first between 2001 and 2002, with the second coming in 2004 and 2007.

He also played for the likes of Crewe and Rushden & Diamonds, whilst interestingly spent seven years as a manager at Birmingham City Ladies whilst playing between 1998 and 2005, leading them to promotion to the FA Womens Premier League National division before taking his first steps into professional management at the Moors six years later.


Striker Stefan Moore has hit seven goals in 17 games for the Moors this season and will be one to watch out for on Saturday.

Once tipped for big things, the 32-year-old former Aston Villa striker  was part of an FA Youth Cup winning side in 2002 alongside his brother Luke, with a young Wayne Rooney and Town midfielder Scott Brown both playing for Everton as Villa beat the Toffees 4-2 in the final.

After loan spells at Chesterfield, Millwall and Leicester, Moore left Villa in 2005 after making 22 appearances and spent three years there before slowly dropping down the leagues, playing for the likes of Walsall and Kidderminster before ending up at non-league Halesowen Town in 2009.

It was the non-league scene that reignited his career and after 39 goals in 44 for games for Halesowen, 96 goals in 86 games for St Neots Town and other prolific spells at Brackley Town and Leamington, he joined a side that are perhaps much more suited to his level in Solihull in December 2014.

Moore missed the original came through injury but will be someone Town should watch out for if he plays on Tuesday.



Paul Hurst

"The lads know roughly what the team is an how we will set up. They'll (Solihull) will be at home and looking to put one over on us. 

"They were well organised and carried a threat up front. 

"I have a relatively healthy squad at the minute, so why not let's have a go at it." 

Watch the full pre match interview on Mariners PlayerHD.