Solihull Moors Ladies 0 Brighouse Ladies 7
By Luke Turner
Moors Ladies suffer cup defeat - by Leanne Prescott
Solihull welcomed Brighouse Town Ladies to Tally Ho on Sunday in the FA Womens National League Cup game, hoping to set aside their tough start to league action with a win and progression in the cup. However, the away side were the team to come out on top with a 7-0 win to mark a bright start to their season in Division One North.
Brighouse had the first meaningful attack of the game when in form Charlotte Proud combined neatly with Housecroft in the middle, resulting in a one-on-one against goalkeeper Sam Abbott. The forward was able to tuck away neatly to put Solihull on the backfoot despite a composed opening ten minutes.
Two minutes later and they almost had a second when the same combination saw Proud’s volley fortuitously fumble into the path of Housecroft. Ruled out for offside, the pair were causing plenty of headaches in the Moors defence in a tough opening fifteen for the home side.
Moors did well to stifle the traffic and keep themselves in the contest before a 20th minute strike saw the Proud earn her second goal of the afternoon. The quality of the shot saw the ball fly straight into the top right-corner, giving Abbott no chance at clawing it away.
Brighouse would get a further goal before the half-time whistle with captain Proud playing an integral role once again. A real menace throughout the ninety minutes, she wriggled herself some room before playing Pearson through with a lobbed effort from 20 yards finding the back of the net.
Moors continued to rally despite the one-way traffic and almost found an opening of their own ten minutes before the interval. Good interplay allowed Abbie Taylor to get in at goal but her shot was well smothered from six yards out by Houldsworth.
The girls managed to fashion one more chance in the 44th minute and could well have bagged a goal when neat play from the back saw Taylor through in a dangerous position again, only for her cut-back to be dealt with.
The second-half saw Proud continue her impressive afternoon with a goal just after the break; a neat run from deep by Poulter saw the ball switched out to the left where the Brighouse captain cut inside and scored. The creator would soon turn goalscorer herself when another lambasting run from Poulter culminated in a goal inside the bottom corner.
Late goals from Housecroft and Proud would ensure the 7-0 win for Brighouse, ending Solihull’s League Cup hopes. Second best on the day, Moors will regroup and refuel ahead of their return to league action against Long Eaten Ladies. Kick-off is at 2pm on Sunday with the girls aiming to get off the mark for the new season.