Neal Ardley tasted victory for the first time as Moors boss, as his side ran out 1-0 winners at Stourbridge in a second pre-season friendly on Tuesday evening.

A second-half penalty was the difference between the two sides, with Adam Rooney dispatching from 12 yards.

For the second game running, Ardley took the opportunity to spread the load in terms of minutes played and that also meant re-introducing some players who had already been substituted.

Kyle Storer was back in the Moors starting eleven having recovered from a groin problem, which meant he wasn’t risked at Banbury United on Saturday.

Jordan Cranston and Ben Usher-Shipway were also back in the frame and played their first minutes of pre-season following periods of isolation.

There were plenty of familiar faces in both the opposition dugout and on the pitch – former manager Mark Yates and former assistant manager Neil Howarth guided Moors to a fine end-of-season run of form in the second half of last season. They'll be hoping to lead Stourbridge to something special in the upcoming campaign.

Meanwhile, Liam Daly, Lee Vaughan and Darryl Knights all started for the Glassboys with bags of Moors appearances between the trio.

Having played in a 4-3-3 system on Saturday, Moors set-up in a 4-4-2 this time around with Rooney and Kyle Hudlin spearheading the attack.

And the visitors came close to taking the lead within seconds of the game getting underway. A loose ball was capitalised on by Ryan Barnett as he drove into the space and forced the ‘keeper into a strong save following a low strike.

Ryan Boot had to be alert at the other end as Moors’ Trialist was caught in possession, but the stopper stood firm to spread himself and ensured the game stayed level.

An even better chance presented itself for the hosts when Daly’s back-post header was directed into the six-yard area and blazed over from close range with the net waiting to be rippled.

Barnett and Justin Donawa were involved in late opportunities for the Moors, the duo finding the ‘keeper and Stourbridge backline in the way on a couple of occasions.

Half-time: Stourbridge 0-0 Solihull Moors

There were four changes at the break and one of those, Joe Sbarra, began to make a real impact on proceedings.

A good pick-out from Callum Howe was flicked on nicely by Rooney to Sbarra who had time to twist and turn, before the eventual shot was saved.

There were two more openings for Moors shortly after as Sbarra guided a pass into the path of Barnett whose curling effort was well-saved by the goalkeeper, before Hudlin spotted Sbarra for the cut-back who couldn’t keep his effort down.

The breakthrough came on the hour mark and it was Rooney who made no mistake from the spot after Jordan Piggott was fouled inside the area.

There were more changes to come from Moors, including the re-introduction of Donawa. The Bermudian used his electric pace to stride towards goal from the halfway line before unleashing a shot that had movement, but was watched all the way by the Stourbridge stopper.

In the closing stages, Moors almost added a second through Melis Bushaj – his powerful drive from the left-hand side had everything it needed but a crucial touch deflected it onto the underside of the crossbar and away from danger.

Full-time: Stourbridge 0-1 Solihull Moors

Next up, Moors travel to Alfreton Town where admission is by cash only at the turnstiles. Adults are priced at £10, while 65+ and 16-21 are priced at £5.

First-half XI: Boot (GK), Williams, Boyes, Storer ©, Preston, Trialist, Donawa, Piggott, Rooney, Hudlin, Barnett.

Second-half XI: Boot (GK) (Allsopp 61), Williams (McNally 61), Bushaj, Maycock, Preston (Trialist 66), Howe ©, Sbarra, Piggott (Cranston 61), Rooney (Donawa 66), Hudlin (N. Rooney 66), Barnett (Usher-Shipway 61).

Subs not used: Samuels.

Attendance: 579