Hemel Hempstead Town 0 Solihull Moors 5
By John Clothier
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Solihull Moors sealed their progression into the quarter-finals of the Buildbase FA Trophy after a comprehensive win at Hemel Hempstead Town.
Terry Hawkridge notched his first goal for the club, while Adi Yussuf then netted either side of the break and Jermaine Hylton added two more late on for Tim Flowers’ side.
The Moors made a dream start when Jamie Reckord’s deep cross was met by an unmarked Hawkridge at the back post, who fired into the back of the net.
Reckord looked to turn provider for a second time when he crossed for Danny Wright, but the header from the front man was straight at Laurie Walker.
Wright then thought he’d made it two, but the linesman’s flag denied him after he flicked home Harry Flowers’ header back across goal.
It then took a last-ditch block from Alex Gudger as the Tudors caught Moors on the break. Sanchez Watt played in Jack Snelus, but there was Gudger to block the strike and send the ball out for a corner.
Home skipper Jordan Parkes whipped in a dangerous in-swinging free kick minutes later which evaded everyone at the back post and sailed out for a goal kick.
Moors were under a little pressure as Watt tested Ryan Boot with a shot that the ‘keeper had to parry wide.
And Watt so nearly levelled for Hemel when he met a cross in the middle and Moors had the post to thank as his header bounced off the woodwork and away.
After weathering that storm, Solihull were awarded a penalty after Nathan Blissett was brought down by Scott Shulton. Yussuf stepped up and smashed high into the net to double the lead.
Kyle Storer then made a fantastic late challenge to thwart Watt as the hosts thought they were deserved of their own spot kick, but the referee had other ideas.
Half-time: Hemel Hempstead Town 0-2 Solihull Moors
Flowers’ men began the second half in search of a third and they almost got it when Luke Maxwell crossed Gudger who slid in and fired high and wide.
The game was made safe when Yussuf grabbed his second and Moors’ third of the game after 64 minutes. Hawkridge slotted in the number nine who drilled his shot low and underneath Walker.
Hemel came close to pulling a goal back when a Parkes set piece was met by the head of Steve Cawley who skewed his effort wide.
Substitute Hylton got in on the act when the Moors broke with Blissett who played in Yussuf, before letting it run for Hylton to steadied himself and poked into the corner of the net. Incidentally, this is the first time that Solihull Moors have hit four goals in an FA Trophy match.
But the visitors weren’t done yet and neither was Hylton. Darren Carter’s corner found Hylton unmarked in the middle and made no mistake
nodding in from a few yards out.
Moors will now host Telford United in the quarter-finals at the ATG Stadium following their 2-1 victory at Spennymoor Town.
Full-time: Hemel Hempstead Town 0-5 Solihull Moors
Moors: Boot, Reckord (Williams 72), Storer © (Carter 57), Gudger, Yussuf, Carline, Blissett, Flowers, Maxwell, Wright (Hylton 64), Hawkridge.
Subs not used: Daly, Osborne.