Moors suffered their first home defeat of the season, going down 1-0 to Bromley at the SportNation.bet Stadium on Saturday evening.
In front of the BT cameras, the hosts struggled to showcase their usual slick passing rhythm in a first-half of very few chances.
Bromley had the better of the openings, but Moors keeper Ryan Boot more than stood up to any attempts thrown his way.
That was until first-half stoppage time, there was little Boot could do to stop Michael Cheek crashing the ball into the net to give the Lilywhites the lead at the break.
Moors were the far more likely to score after the restart but every time they ventured forward, they were faced by a red Bromley wall.
Neil Smith’s side showed real defensive steel as Moors struggled to break the visitors down, a deflected Jamie Ward strike and a late penalty shout was as close as they came.
It was a night full of frustration for the Moors who never really threatened the Bromley goal as their unbeaten home record came to an end.
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The return of Rooney was the big news ahead of kick-off, the striker coming straight into the team after over six weeks on the sidelines.
Moors also welcomed back Joe Sbarra to the side, the midfielder had missed the last two games having picked up a knock against Morecambe in the FA Cup.
Both Cameron Coxe and Darren Carter also came into the backline as Shan reshuffled his pack following the defeat to Sutton last time out.
Moors endeavoured to settle into a rhythm straight from the off with centre-halves Carter and Krystian Pearce receiving plenty of early touches of the ball.
Coxe was Moors’ prime outlet during the opening exchanges, the Welshman linking well with Rooney who was proving a handful on his return to the side.
It was the Irishman who laid off Sbarra for Moors’ first real attempt of the game but his effort was tame and easily collected by Mark Cousins.
Rooney then tried the acrobatic, again Coxe was the source, but the forward’s overhead kick looped straight into the arms of the visiting keeper.
A bright start from the Moors but on the counter, Cheek almost had Bromley in front, his strike forcing Boot into a smart save at the near post.
And with the half-hour mark approaching, Boot had to be alert again to hold onto Reeco Hackett-Fairchild’s driven shot.
Bromley having more sights of goal, but Moors dominating possession, on balance, there was very little to choose between the two teams.
That said, chances were at a premium for Shan’s men, as promising passages of play were all too often let down by a loose final pass.
A tough half was summed up by the withdrawal of Rooney, who on his first appearance since mid-October, limped off shortly before half-time, replaced by Cameron Archer
Then, with seconds left of the half, a low cross from Chris Bush, evaded the Moors defence and was smashed home by Cheek, Boot got hands to it but couldn’t keep it out.
A tough one to take for Moors who went in at the interval, trailing to the visitors and with work to do.
HT: Solihull Moors 0-1 Bromley
As expected, Moors started the second period on the front foot as Bromley were forced to remain resolute.
But as the hosts pressed, Bromley were always prone to the counter and Cheek was looking dangerous on the break.
Substitute Archer was full of running up top for Moors, the teenager presenting Bromley’s backline a different challenge to the one of the departed Rooney.
Jamie Ward joined the attack on the hour, teaming up with Coxe on the right to add an extra thrust to Moors' forward play.
And cutting inside, Ward evaded a couple of challenges before his powerful deflected shot was saved by Cousins in the Bromley goal, the keeper adjusting his feet well.
It was a show of promise from Moors who appeared up for the fight, having been given a renewed impetus since Ward’s introduction.
With the clock ticking down, Osborne’s delivery into the box looked destined for Ward, but he appeared to be hauled down in his attempts to reach the ball.
Seemingly a decent shout for the penalty but the referee was unmoved and waved away the home appeals.
Callum Maycock almost salvaged a draw with a close-range effort but it wasn’t to be and Moors suffered their first home loss of the season.
FT: Solihull Moors 0-1 Bromley