Fylde outplayed, outclassed and outscored visitors from a non-league level above them to secure a place in the FA fourth and final qualifying round of the FA Cup for the first time in the club’s history.
A brace from Michael Barnes and one each for Joe Booth and Richie Allen secured a memorable win for the Coasters against the Midlands club from Blue Square Bet North, who had to play the second half with ten men.
The attacking quintet of Booth, Barnes, Allen, Jack Dorney and James Dean caused the Moors problems throughut and the home side took the lead after only 12 minutes, when Booth nodded past goalkeeper Jasbir Singh from Dean’s cross.
That was the start of an intense period of pressure from Dave Challinor’s side, and had it not been for Singh’s excellence between the sticks the visitors may well have lost even more heavily.
Barnes, Matty Hughes and Dorney all had chances to extend Fylde’s lead but couldn’t find a way past an inspired Singh.
Even so, Fylde doubled their lead before the half-hour mark with Barnes’ sixth goal in as many games, this time Dorney supplying the cross.
Barnes again went one-on-one with Singh but his header from the edge of the box was too weak to beat the keeper and the chasing defenders cleared the danger.
The visitors’ first foray towards the Fylde box resulted in their only meaningful chance of the half, but Omar Bogle’s shot was deflected for a corner.
Solihull’s Michael Blackwood was sent off in the dying minutes of the half for bringing down Barnes when he was through on goal.
Even so, it was the Moors who scored first in the second half, when Ryan Beswick’s sublime free-kick renewed their hopes in the 58th minute.
But six minutes later Barnes notched his second, blasting the ball past Singh from the edge of the box after some great buil- up play.
Allen wrapped up the win on 68 minutes, capping a great personal performance by heading in an excellent Barnes cross.
Singh smothered the ball well to deny Adam Farrell, who tried his luck on 76 minutes, and then got behind Adam Sumner’s long-range effort with the substitute striker again waiting to pounce.
A delighted Challinor said: “In the first half we played at a really good tempo and we knew that if we could stamp our authority on the game we could create some good opportunities.
“The game should have been over at half-time as we could have had double our number of goals quite comfortably.
“We gave them a lift with the goal just after half-time which was poor from our perspective . We’ve still got to learn not to switch off and be 100 per cent at all times.”
The elite Conference clubs are in the bag for today’s draw and Challinor added: “Obviously some big sides come into the competition in the next round, so I suppose the question is – do you want one of the big non-league sides or do you want a friendlier draw and try to open the avenue up for a Football League club in the first round proper.”
Fylde: Hinchliffe, Haslam, Sumner, Hughes, Taylor, B. Barnes (C), Booth (Winter 72), Dorney, Dean (Farrell 65), M. Barnes, Allen (McCarthy 81); not used: Tennant, Steel, Doughty, Jarvis.