Moors 0 Aldershot Town 2 Attendance 1238
Solihull Moors slipped to a fourth straight defeat on Saturday afternoon as fifth placed Aldershot Town proved too strong for Liam McDonald’s side at the Automated Technology Group Stadium.
A goal either side of half-time from Kundai Benyu was enough to seal all three points for the visiting play-off chasers.
McDonald made three changes to the side that lost to Torquay United on Tuesday night. In came Danny Lewis, Ashley Sammons and Andy Brown. They replaced Nathan Baxter, Omari Sterling-James and the suspended Regan Charles-Cook.
The first clear-cut chance of the match came for the visitors. An inch-perfect cross from Bernard Mensah found the head of an unmarked Shamir Fenelon but he diverted his header well wide of Lewis’ goal.
Gary Waddock’s side started at a blistering pace and Fenelon had another golden chance just a minute later. A cross from Benyu found the feet of Fenelon who could only hit his snapshot straight at Lewis as The Shots enjoyed some early joy down the wings.
The first bit of action in the attacking third for Moors came through George Carline as he tried his luck from 25 yards. His effort rolled comfortably into arms of Jake Cole who wasn't troubled.
It was then the turn of skipper Liam Daly to try his luck. Ashley Sammons’ deep floated free kick was met by the head of Daly who headed back across the goal and just wide of the far post with Cole rooted.
Moors began to grow into game after some early pressure from the visitors but fell behind just before the half hour mark.
Benyu found space 20 yards out before striking a low shot to the right of Lewis which found its way into the corner to give the away side the lead and send the 725 travelling fans into raptures.
Moors almost responded immediately as Oladapo Afolayan picked up the ball just outside the area and let fly a shot that sailed just wide of the post.
Benyu then nearly grabbed his second of the game as his sweetly struck shot from 25 yards was expertly tipped over by Lewis to keep the score line at 0-1.
Moors worked hard to enter the break just one goal down as the visitors continued to apply pressure at the Solihull rearguard.
Half-time: Solihull Moors 0-1 Aldershot
Shortly after the interval, Moors had a shout for a penalty as Daly went down inside the area but referee waved away any claims from the home side.
Aldershot then doubled their lead on 52 minutes in a few seconds which swung the game and gave Moors little hope of a comeback.
First, a Sammons corner was met by the powerful head of Daly whose header was saved low by feet of Cole before The Shots counter attacked to the other end.
Benyu travelled the length of Moors half before making his way into the penalty area and sweeping a shot across Lewis and into the corner of the net.
Aldershot almost added a third when a low cross from Benyu was met in the middle by a scramble of players before a combination of Lewis and Daly cleared to safety.
Moors found it difficult to get into any rhythm as Aldershot showed why they were gunning for a place in the end of season play-offs.
McDonald’s men kept battling away as Omari Sterling-James and Haveez Sanusi were both brought on to try and change things but it was always going to be difficult against one of the leagues best defences.
Aldershot substitute Matt McClure almost got his name on the scoresheet but his effort was well palmed away by Lewis as he made another impressive save in between the sticks.
Callum Coyle came on for the final five minutes to make just his second appearance for Moors but it was too little too late as Aldershot finished as comfortable victors.
The defeat for Moors sees them drop down one place into 17th and just five points above the bottom four. Next up is a tricky trip away to face second placed Tranmere in what will be another vital game for The Moors in their quest for survival.
Lewis, Green, Daly (c), Kettle, Franklin, Maye, Sammons (Sanusi), Byrne (Sterling-James), Carline, Afolayan, Brown (Coyle). Subs not used: Baxter, Nortey.
Report From Luke Turner Photos Courtesy of Tom King