Moors boss Mark Yates made five changes to the team who lost 2-0 away at Torquay United on Tuesday evening.
In the full-back positions, Ben Usher-Shipway came in for Welshman Cameron Coxe whilst Jordan Cranston dropped to the bench with Mitch Hancox stepping into the left-back role. James Ball was another promoted to the starting XI as was Villa loanee Cameron Archer who started his first league game since suffering an abdominal injury at the turn of the year.
Archer was joined by Ryan Barnett and Adam Rooney in a three-man attack, the Irishman having been named amongst the substitutes against the Gulls. This time it was Kyle Hudlin and Justin Donawa looking to make an impact from the bench.
The game also marked home debuts for Reiss McNally and Barnett, both of whom had shown plenty of promise in recent performances.
MINUTE BY MINUTE REPORT
It was a steady opening to the game, possession swapping readily between the two as both sides looked to gain the upper hand.
Williams’ long ball over the top was pinpoint, finding Archer in space, his control was good but as he looked to get at the full-back, he was crowded out and the move broke down.
A great set-piece delivery from Bennett, almost saw him find fellow home debutant McNally but the young defender was just beaten to the header.
Moors were growing into the game, Storer kept the ball alive in the box, his header dropped to Archer who on the swivel, couldn’t keep his volley down.
Next to have an attempt at goal was Ball, found by Hancox he drilled a shot goalwards from the edge of the area but it was well charged down.
Then came a great chance, Storer played in Archer down the channel, his cut-back found Maycock but the midfielder couldn’t sort his feet and scuffed his effort.
As the half-hour mark approached, the visitors had hardly threatened, McNally and Williams doing a very good job of keeping Shots frontman Ricky Miller very quiet.
The same couldn’t be said of Archer, who latched onto Ball’s incisive pass, cut inside his marker before coolly slotting underneath visiting keeper Mitch Walker to give Moors the lead.
It was no more than the hosts had deserved, minutes later Ball looked to thread a similar slide-rule pass to Barnett but this time it was slightly overhit and ran out of play.
Maycock was the next to make use of Archer’s clever movement, turning well he slipped in the teenager who left the full-back in his wake but his cut-back missed its intended target.
Much of Moors’ good play was coming via Archer who was injecting pace into the home side’s forward transitions in a very positive half for Yates’ men.
And it was almost two on the stroke of half-time. Ball linking well with Archer yet again but this time the striker dragged his shot wide.
HT: Solihull Moors 1-0 Aldershot Town
Moors were positive right from the restart, McNally epitomising the home side’s attitude, stepping out from the back to slide in Barnett who’s teasing cross just evaded Archer.
McNally was again involved soon after, he managed to find his centre-back partner Williams in the box but his snapshot lacked any real purchase and Walker clung on.
As for the visitors, there was more intent but the home defence were standing up well to the threat posed by Miller and Joel Nouble.
At the other end, Moors continued to create openings, Ball striding forwards on the left-wing raced into the area but his cross was easily collected by Walker.
Moors next opportunity came from a lightning-quick break. Archer found Ball in space on the right, the midfielder then looked to pick out Usher-Shipway but Walker was alert and raced off his line to deal with the danger.
Ball then had a big opportunity to double Moors’ lead, Hancox set him up but with just Walker to beat, he smashed it straight into the Shots keeper’s midriff.
Then with just under 15 minutes remaining, Moors went down to 10 men as Mitch Hancox received his second yellow of the game for a foul on Nouble.
It meant a tense ending to a match that Moors had totally controlled as Aldershot looked to make the extra man pay.
And Moors’ task was made even harder when Ball was given a straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Aldershot's Giles Phillips
A crazy finish to the game saw nine-men Moors having to withstand six minutes of stoppage time.
But it was a period they survived, as Yates' men claimed the win and in doing so, achieved the league double over the Shots.
FT: Solihull Moors 1-0 Aldershot Town