Two first half goals were enough to condemn Solihull Moors to defeat at Bromley on Saturday afternoon.
The Moors were made to pay for sloppiness on their own behalf, as the home side took full advantage at Hayes Lane.
Neal Ardley’s side pulled a goal back in the second period through James Ball’s header and came close on several occasions but were unable to overturn the two-goal deficit.
Moors made two changes from defeat against Stockport County last time out.
Lois Maynard returned to the side after being unable to face his parent club, while Andrew Dallas made a first league start since November 23rd.
Jamey Osborne and Josh Lundstram took their places on the bench, as James Ball once again captained the team and moved back into midfield.
Kyle Storer was missing with a back injury which kept him out of the encounter.
There was an early let off for Moors as Ball was dispossessed by Michael Cheek who laid it on a plate for Scott Wagstaff, but he fired over the top from close range.
At the other end, the visitors were denied by some last-ditch defending as Ryan Barnett found Chris Bush in the way who cleared the ball off the line, this coming after Bromley failed to deal with a cross.
And Barnett was again in the thick of the action 10 minutes later. This time, the winger flashed an effort just wide of the mark after Adam Rooney had dummied Harry Boyes’ ball into the box.
The opening goal came after 36 minutes, and it was one that came gift wrapped for the Ravens. Ball received the ball in his own third before having it nicked off him by Wagstaff who did the rest by slotting home past Ryan Boot.
Moors looked to rectify the error by pushing for an equaliser – Rooney shot into the gloves of Mark Cousins following some good hold-up play by Dallas, before Boyes’ cross just dropped wide at the far post.
With virtually the last kick of the opening 45, into the second minute of added time, Bromley doubled their lead.
Once again, they found themselves in behind and George Alexander did the unselfish thing by squaring to Cheek who tapped in from a few yards out.
Half-time: Bromley 2-0 Solihull Moors
There was work to do for Moors in the second half as Ardley acted on the hour mark, opting to make a double substitution - on came Osborne and Danny Newton in place of Alex Gudger and Rooney.
A huge opportunity was passed up as Moors won the ball back and Joe Sbarra fed Dallas. The forward was one-on-one with Cousins but was unable to hit the target as he shot wide.
James Clarke was next to try his luck as he rose highest at the back-post, nodding inches wide of the mark.
With just under 20 minutes left to play, Moors grabbed a lifeline. Osborne’s free-kick was attacked by the head of Ball who was there to meet it with intent, reducing the scoreline by one.
It was all Moors in the closing stages as they pushed hard for a leveller. Substitute Newton thought he’d found it with a minute left of the 90, his header cleared off the line in the nick of time for Bromley.
Deep into stoppage time, Boyes cut inside onto his right foot and watched a dipping effort drop onto the roof of the net.
Boot came up for the resulting corner but, with the last action of the game, Moors just fell short with two first half goals costing them.
Full-time: Bromley 2-1 Solihull Moors
Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Clarke, Gudger (Osborne 59), Sbarra, Maycock, Rooney (Newton 59), Barnett, Boyes, Ball, Dallas, Maynard.
Subs not used: Cranston, McNally, Lundstram.
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