Adam Rooney’s late penalty wasn’t enough to salvage a point for Solihull Moors as they narrowly lost at play-off chasing Wrexham AFC.
In a game where all three goals came from the spot, Wrexham’s Luke Young dispatched two in the first half for the hosts.
Moors piled on the pressure in the second half and pulled one back through Rooney, but couldn’t quite find a second at the Racecourse Ground.
Manager Mark Yates made six changes to the team that lost 3-0 at Yeovil Town on Tuesday evening.
In came Stephen Gleeson, Adam Rooney, Cameron Coxe, Nathan Cameron, Alex Addai and Jordon Thompson.
Joe Sbarra, Callum Maycock, Jordan Piggott and Kyle Hudlin dropped to the bench, while Reiss McNally and Ben Usher-Shipway missed out.
Gleeson and Cameron made a welcome return from injury and on-loan Coventry City defender Thompson came in for his Moors debut.
Mark Davies had been in-form for the Dragons of late and he was first to test Ryan Boot in the Moors goal with an effort from distance, but it was straight down the ‘keepers throat.
Mark Yates’ visitors then wasted no time in attacking straight up the other end themselves as James Ball’s deflected cross was flicked just over the top by Adam Rooney.
Dior Angus, who started his career at Solihull Moors, threatened down the right as he found space in behind and cut it back for Cameron Green who found Stephen Gleeson in the way with a block - Green’s effort was certainly heading for goal.
Moors had to stand firm and endure a period of sustained pressure, with Boot unmoved as Angus rifled one into the body of the goalkeeper.
Yates’ side still posed a threat of their own and that was put into practice when Gleeson’s pass cut the line between defence and midfield and Moors were away. Alex Addai picked it up before threading Rooney in down the right, but Wrexham did well to clear the low cross with former Moors defender Fiacre Kelleher in the way.
Jordon Thompson, making his Moors debut, was almost made to pay for letting a ball in behind run which didn’t have the legs to reach Boot. Angus pounced and rounded the ‘keeper, but the angle was tight, and he narrowly shot wide of the far post.
On 27 minutes, Reece Hall-Johnson went down under the challenge of Kyle Storer who protested, but referee Jacob Miles pointed to the spot.
Luke Young stepped up and made no mistake from 12 yards, slotting home past Boot to put the hosts into the lead.
Just five minutes later, Wrexham were awarded a second penalty as Nathan Cameron brought down his man after a run in behind.
The same man, Young, converted once again – but only just. Boot guessed the right way and got plenty behind it, but the ball cruelly snuck into the bottom right corner. Wrexham were two up after 33 minutes.
Half-time: Wrexham 2-0 Solihull Moors
Moors came out with a point to prove and they started the second half well. Storer opened up from 25 yards and forced Rob Lainton to palm one away from danger.
Yates opted to make a double change on 55 minutes, with Kyle Hudlin and Callum Maycock replacing Gleeson and James Ball.
Cameron Coxe made a surging run down the right, only to be taken down as he moved inside. Jordan Cranston looked to bend the free-kick over the wall, but the Wrexham players stood their ground as the deflection took it over.
Moors skipper Storer aimed to lead from the front and the midfielder tried his luck from distance again. However, this time, the ball sailed over Lainton’s crossbar.
The visitors came so close to pulling a goal back when Addai’s ball into the centre was well held by Hudlin, before he laid off fellow substitute Maycock to shoot. He kept it low and precise towards the bottom corner, but Lainton was swiftly across to save in the nick of time.
Yates rolled his final dice with 10 to play as Joe Sbarra entered the fray in place of the returning Coxe.
Moments later, a third penalty of the game was awarded and this time it went to the Moors. Arms were up inside the area as the corner came in and the referee had no hesitation. Rooney was the man on the spot and, with nine to play, Moors had a lifeline as the striker found the bottom corner.
That goal made for a nervy end for the home side as Moors grew in confidence in search of an equaliser. Moors worked it well down the right with Sbarra and Addai both involved before Maycock made the penetrating run into the area. He was wise enough to spot Rooney unmarked in the centre but, leaning back, he scuffed his effort into the air.
Moors were really pressing and gaps began to open up – both Maycock and Sbarra found space inside the area, but Wrexham were defending the final ball well.
Then, from a Cranston corner, Storer thought he’d salvaged a point as he met the ball head on, but only found the gloves of Lainton.
Full-time: Wrexham 2-1 Solihull Moors
Solihull Moors: Boot (GK), Cranston, Storer ©, Gleeson (Hudlin 55), Rooney, Coxe (Sbarra 80), Ball (Maycock 55), Donawa, Cameron, Addai, Thompson.
Subs not used: Piggott, Hancox.
Wrexham: Lainton (GK), Hall-Johnson, Kelleher, Pearson, Vassell, Green, Young, Davies, Harris, Angus (Ponticelli 68), Omotayo.
Subs not used: Dibble, French, Rutherford, Jarvis.