Solihull Moors 2 – 0 Tranmere Rovers: Super Whites crash out of FA Buildbase Trophy in controversial replay

Solihull Moors advanced into the second round of the FA Buildbase Trophy as they swept aside Tranmere Rovers two days after their original match was postponed.

The home outfit got their noses in front as a Jamey Osborne rocket flew into the top corner leaving Luke Pilling with no chance, in a moment that stunned the visitors.

The Super Whites recovered well however and had a series of chances in the opening half but a controversial penalty saw Solihull double their lead through Jermaine Hylton.

Tranmere struggled to reply in the second half and a late Hylton sending off in injury-time was the highlight of a somewhat disappointing period for the visitors.

Solihull advance into the second round proper to take on Spennymoor of Gainsborough in an away clash.

With a quick and swift turnaround following their earlier postponement on Saturday, Tranmere headed into the tie as favourites.

Despite originally leading 1-0 before the official called time after just 43’ minutes due to floodlight failure, the replay was a much different story.

The home side looked far more fresh and prepared at the second time of asking on a foggy night at Damson Park, with both managers naming an unchanged line up.

A slow and shaky start for the two National League teams, was turned on its head as Osborne fired home a wonder strike from 35-yards out to open the scoring in the 8th minute.

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Jamey Osborne opened the scoring from 35-yards-out (image: Tom King)

Rovers did their best to reply straight after. as Ollie Norburn’s effort was blocked by his own teammate in Andy Cook, as the maths was just not adding up on the eerie Monday night.

James Norwood had the best chance to put his side level on the 17 minute mark but his close range effort was punched away by Max O’Leary as Solihull looked to regain a foothold in the game.

As a much needed half-time team talk was on the horizon for both sides, the referee penalised Richie Sutton for a push on Fiacre Kelleher despite no appeals from the home crowd.

Hylton went straight down the middle to double his side’s lead with the goal the real turning point in the tie.

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Hylton scored the second from the penalty spot (image: Tom King)

Tranmere started slightly better in the second period, with Norburn and Norwood linking up well but the striker’s chance was dragged wide.

Sutton almost made a grave mistake as his back-pass to Pilling was cut short as Hylton intercepted, but the young shot-stopper was on hand to clear the danger.

With time drawing to a close Micky Mellon sent on Jay Harris and Jeff Hughes to replace Ollie Banks and Norburn in a last throw of the dice.

A late flurry of efforts saw Tranmere win a free-kick as Adam Buxton swung a pinpoint cross into the home penalty area.

Connor Jennings rose high but his header sailed over the crossbar as Cook had something similar in mind just moments later but his effort went over the woodwork too.

Just as the game was fizzling out in injury time, a moment of recklessness took over the goal scorer Hylton, as he was given his marching orders for a late, rash challenge on Buxton.

A needless challenge as the defender was going nowhere, with the game already wont but one seemingly born out of sheer frustration as the visitors had dominated the latter stages of the tie.

As the official blew his whistle for the end of the match there were subdued cheers from the 215 fans in attendance in a match that in reality should not have to have been repeated.


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