Moors were boosted by the return to action of centre-back Alex Gudger who had been missing through injury since the beginning of December.
James Ball was also handed a place in the starting line-up, manager Jimmy Shan handing the midfielder his first start since Moors’ FA Trophy Third Round win over Farsley Celtic prior to Christmas.
Stephen Gleeson also came back into the team as Shan made three changes from the team that secured a 2-1 home league win over Chesterfield last time out.
Minute by Minute Match Report
Moors may have been a fortnight without a game but there were no signs of rustiness, Jordan Cranston slamming a free-kick against the post within the first minute.
The away side began much the stronger of the sides, Cameron Coxe making earlier forays forward as Shan’s men looked to capitalise on a slow start from the hosts.
On a wet and windy night, Moors’ tendency to engage in a passing game was proving the more fruitful way of keeping possession in the early stages.
That said Jermaine Anderson was looking lively for the Shots, the midfielder having the hosts’ first shot at goal, shortly followed by an effort from Chloe Kandi whose strike was deflected over the bar.
For Moors, Coxe was looking lively and as the 20-minute mark approached, it was the Welshman’s cross which narrowly evaded the onrushing Ball at the far post.
Out of possession, the visitors were quick to close their opponents down, Joe Sbarra leading from the front in applying pressure to the Shots.
Then came a turning point, attempting to deal with a high ball in the box, Gudger was adjudged to have fouled Joel Nouble and the referee pointed to the spot.
Striker Mo Bettamer smashed the ball into the top left corner to send Moors keeper Ryan Boot the wrong way and fire his side into the lead.
It was a goal that galvanised the home side who really stole the momentum and added a second soon after.
This time, neat play in midfield opened up Moors as Josh Rees’ slide-rule pass found Toby Edser, who had time and space to coolly slot beyond Boot.
All of a sudden Moors found themselves up against it but they almost grabbed a goal back just before the interval.
Coxe’s dangerous low ball cut out the Shots defence but unfortunately for the Moors, Ball sliding in, couldn’t turn it home.
That was the last meaningful action of the half, Shan’s men faced with an uphill task to keep alive their FA trophy hopes at the midway point.
HT: Aldershot Town 2-0 Solihull Moors
After a steady opening to the half, Moors burst into life and serial goalscorer Kyle Hudlin struck yet again, heading home Coxe’s deflected cross from the right.
Hudlin anticipated the ball well, getting the better of his marker and stooping low to direct his header into the bottom corner.
It was a timely intervention from the towering striker and the perfect start for Shan’s men who were keen to show they were hoping to make a fist of it.
The visitors were starting to find their feet. Ball broke free of the home defence but forced slightly wide, his angled shot forced Mitch Walker into a smart save low to his left.
But the equaliser was coming, and moments later, Moors made things all square. Sbarra bursting through slid the ball past the onrushing Walker and Ball tapped into an empty net.
Back on level terms, the game was there for the taking, Moors stunning the Shots in the opening exchanges of the second half.
However, on a night where nothing was following the script, against the run of play Aldershot regained the lead through Bettamer’s free-kick.
Bettamer doubling his tally for the evening, striking the ball low around the Moors wall and past Boot into the bottom corner.
Moors went searching for the equaliser and almost snatched one immediately but no visiting player was able to make a telling contact to Cranston’s whipped cross.
As the game entered its latter stages, Cranston’s driving run into the box was halted by Walker as Moors looked to push the game into penalties.
Aldershot's Ricky Miller then had a golden chance to seal the game, but having rounded Boot, he was unable to direct his effort past the last-ditch defending of Tyrone Williams.
Then with the clock ticking down, substitute Mitch Hancox thought he rescued the game for Moors, fellow replacement Jamie Ward flicked it into his path but the defender’s shot smacked off the underside of the bar.
It was the last act of an enthralling encounter which ultimately saw Moors fall agonisingly short. Shan’s side now solely switch their focus to the National League.
FT: Aldershot Town 3-2 Solihull Moors