After Gloucester City’s FA Cup heroics on Saturday, they were brought down back to earth with a thump after a clinical display from unbeaten Solihull Moors.\r\n\r\nWith the tie against League Two’s Fleetwood Town a little over a week away it was certainly a wake-up call of sorts for City manager Dave Mehew as the Midlands side were outstanding and when the opportunity arose, they hit the back of the net with lethal intentions.\r\n\r\nCaptain Rob Elvins, Dominic Langdon and Omar Bogle notched the goals, capitalising on slack defending, either side of half-time and killed the contest.\r\n\r\nThe Tigers failed to create any major chances, but the best effort came from teenager Joe Parker who had a shot well stopped by Jasbir Singh after creating space in the box.\r\n\r\nMehew, who was celebrating his 46th birthday, found his Tigers needed reshuffling after centre-back Jack Harris walked off gingerly after an early challenge; not what was needed with his already threadbare squad.\r\n\r\nCity now haven’t won in the Skrill North for over two months, and the Tigers may have to start looking anxiously over their shoulders if they aren’t able to stop the rut.\r\n\r\nThe contest, which started rather tamely, burst into life on 11 minutes with Michael Blackwood spinning in the box and shooting inches wide of the post.\r\n\r\nAfter Harris’ substitution, his replacement Mat Liddiard immediately found himself among the action but his speculative effort was stopped well by Jasbir Singh.\r\n\r\nIt was then Mike Green’s turn to deny an effort with Peter Till smashing home from close range but the City stopper managed to get his body in the way.\r\n\r\nSolihull took the lead eight minutes before the break; Bogle’s original effort was brilliantly saved by Green before former Cheltenham Town loanee Elvins blasted home the rebound.\r\n\r\nThe Midlands outfit doubled their lead in first-half injury time; a swinging ball into the area from the right was neatly dealt with by Langdon who guided it into the bottom corner.\r\n\r\nThe visitors added to their tally with a third on 52 minutes, another clinical finish, this time by Bogle who tapped home after a perfectly delivered ball from Langdon.\r\n\r\nCity kicked up a gear and was almost rewarded after a flurry of chances bombarded the Moors goal; firstly Joe Parker skipped past the defender but his shot was well saved.\r\n\r\nWill Morford followed in for the rebound which was cleared away, the ball found its way to Tyler Weir but the full back lashed his shot over from the edge of the box.\r\n\r\nThat was as good as it got for the Tigers, with Solihull looking like a team capable of challenging for the promotion places in May as they played out the contest and travelled back with a job well done.\r\n\r\nGloucester City: M. Green, M. Green (Batten 45), T. Weir, M. Coupe, J. Harris (Liddiard 20), T. Webb, J. Parker, D. Mullings, D. Edwards, W. Morford, S. Wilson (Turl 60)\r\n\r\nSubs Not Used: S. Rawlings, L. Binns\r\n\r\nSolihull Moors: J. Singh, M. Blackwood, J. Gough, J. Denny, R. Elvins, D. Langdon, P. Till, J. English (Wint 75), O. Bogle, R. Beswick, D. Knights  (Taylor 85)\r\n\r\nSubs Not Used: K. Rosser, S. Pierpoint, R. Fleet,\r\n\r\nGoals: Elvins 37, Langdon 45+1, Bogle 52

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