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Goals from Ryan Hall and Andrew Johnson were enough to overcome a battling Cleethorpes Town in the FA Trophy.
Hall’s goal was the sole moment of quality in a first half which featured little in the way of goalmouth action.
Moors took control in the second half and substitutes Mark Anderson and Johnson combined to double the lead, with the latter keeping his composure to finish into the bottom corner.
A late goal from Luke Mascall made for a nervy ending after he slotted past debutant Shane Bland, but it ultimately proved too little too late for the Evo-Stik South side.
Jason Ainsley made three changes – two enforced – to the side beaten at Leamington, with Chris Mason replacing the suspended Joe Tait, Graeme Armstrong coming in for the injured Glen Taylor and Bland making his first start in goal in place of Jordan Porter.
In an even contest, the best chance of the opening 30 minutes came when Matt Walton came to claim a corner and missed the ball, but no Moors players was able to make contact.
The only moment of quality in the first 45 minutes came when the opening goal arrived, albeit with an heir of controversy after the the home fans appealed for a handball against Armstrong in the build-up.
Matthew Dixon picked up the ball in midfield and sprayed a pinpoint pass towards the onrushing Hall who took a touch and finished confidently past the keeper.
After huffing and puffing for the majority of the opening half, Moors came out for the second period rejuvenated and began to carve open the Cleethorpes once solid defence.
First, Rob Ramshaw exchanged passes with Dixon before firing a shot just wide via a deflection. Armstrong then saw his goal bound header cleared off the line, before a Cleethorpes defender made a last ditch clearance off the line after Walton spilled Kallum Griffiths’s vicious free-kick.
As Moors began to stamp their authority on the match, Jamie Chandler almost found the net for the first time this season when he slammed an effort marginally wide of the near post.
Walton then made a brilliant double save, denying Dixon’s dipping effort from the edge of the box, then reacting quickly to smother Mason’s attempted follow up.
The home side created very little, but were almost level when Jack Richardson found himself bearing down on goal, but the forward lacked the composure and his tame shot bobbled wide.
After squandering a host of second half opportunities, two of Moors’ substitutes combined to give Moors a crucial second goal. Anderson was allowed to space to roam forward in midfield, and when he played in Johnson down the right, he cooly slotted into the bottom corner.
Mascall pulled a goal back late on for the home side when he rolled a shot past Bland, but before Cleethorpes could begin to mount another attack, the referee blew the full time whistle.
Moors find out their opponents for the First Round of the FA Trophy on Monday at 1pm.
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