Defender Alex Gudger and Stephen Gleeson were the headline inclusions in Moors' starting line up. Gudger coming back into the defence, was a welcome sight for Moors fans. While Gleeson partnering Kyle Storer in midfield, saw Callum Maycock move into a more advanced role behind striker Kyle Hudlin.
Hudlin retained his place in the team with Adam Rooney again taking a place on the bench as he continued his return to full match fitness. With Cameron Coxe missing from the side, the ever-versatile Tyrone Williams filled in at right-wing back.
Minute by Minute Match Report
Moors began brightly, Jamie Ward and Maycock both had attempts blocked in the opening stages as Jimmy Shan’s side applied early pressure.
Encouraging signs from the visitors who had a golden chance to take the lead. Jordan Cranston’s delivery found the head of Kyle Hudlin who was denied brilliantly by keeper Joe McDonnell.
But for all that early dominance, Moors found themselves trailing to Tyrone Barnett’s strike, the front man curling it into the top corner after good hold up play from Ben House.
Maycock almost responded immediately, but his well-hit shot was well tipped around the post by McDonnell, who was having an inspired game for the Spitfires.
The goal was a setback for the visiting side, but Shan’s men were not deterred, Ward continuing to look threatening but struggling to find a way past McDonnell.
Then with half-time approaching, a big turning point in the game as the hosts were reduced to ten. Eastleigh’s captain Joe Partington receiving a second yellow for a trip on Cranston.
Moors almost capitalised straight away but the returning Gudger was unable to direct his header on target following a Cranston corner.
But 1-0 was how it remained as the teams went in at the break, Moors behind but with room for optimism ahead of the second forty-five.
HT: Eastleigh 1-0 Solihull Moors
Ward picked up where he’d left off, darting away from his marker before finding Maycock in the area, but the midfielder’s attempt was well snuffed out.
Moments later, Cranston’s low free-kick evaded the wall but McDonnell was alert to get down well to save.
Adam Rooney was introduced to the action as Moors pushed for an equaliser however the ten men of Eastleigh were proving tough to break down.
It was Rooney’s strike partner who had the next glimpse of goal. Neat one-touch football created the chance but Hudlin’s effort whistled just wide.
Then out of nothing, Eastleigh almost doubled their lead in a peculiar fashion. House charged down a Moors defensive clearance and saw the ricochet hit the outside of the post.
Shan brought on Joe Sbarra and Justin Donawa as Moors threw everything at the hosts in search of a leveller but Eastleigh were not letting up.
The Spitfires throwing their bodies on the line as Moors’ attack continued to be stifled by a spirited home defence.
As the clock ticked down, Rooney went down under a challenge from McDonnell but half-hearted penalty appeals were waved away.
Hudlin was soon to be frustrated, his shot ending up in the side netting. It looked as if Moors would leave the Silverlake Stadium scratching their heads, but then Sbarra struck.
The ball dropped invitingly to substitute Sbarra who showed composure to drill his shot into the corner from the edge of the area.
Moors sensed a winner but the 10 men of Eastleigh saw the game out to ensure that the spoils were shared.
An away point that could prove vital for the Moors and one which will have them quietly confident ahead of a trip to Hartlepool United on Tuesday night.
FT: Eastleigh 1-1 Solihull Moors