Moors took to the field knowing that anything but a win would realistically put their play-off hopes in the hands of others, while their visitors, smarting from an embarrassing midweek defeat by Harrogate, still had games in hand over their rivals at the top of the table.
Solihull were without Omar Bogle, Matt Birley, Michael Taylor and Jordan Gough, but the shock news was that Ryan Beswick was out for the remainder of the season with a hairline fracture of the tibia.
On eight minutes Junior English found himself one-on-one with visiting ’keeper Coburn following a gift from Marshall but the Moors man shot wide.
Richman fired wide with a volley as the Robins hit back.
On 22 minutes Dior Angus’s free-kick from 20 yards was tipped round the post following Moult’s yellow card for a foul on Richard Taundry.
Six minutes later Moult hacked down Darryl Knights but referee Johnson decided a stern telling off was appropriate. His manager substituted him almost immediately.
Angus‘ cross with ten minutes of the half remaining was knocked down by Michael Nottingham but English could not get on the end of it.
Then, suddenly, it was Altrincham attacking in waves.
Clee hit the crossbar then turned provider to Lawrie, who shot just over before Walshaw lobbed Jas Singh only to see the ball hit the bar.
In first-half injury-time Walshaw was fouled just outside the 18-yard box and Lawrie put in a free-kick which Marshall met with an unstoppable header.
It was the last touch of the half to send the visitors in 1–0 up.
With Gary Birch on for Denny just after the restart, Moors went in search of an equaliser and a Taundry free kick on 55 minutes was inches wide.
Exodus Geohaghon’s long throws were causing problems for the visitors defence but the final touch in the box was eluding the Solihull forwards.
Trey Braithwaite replaced Knights on 67 minutes and almost immediately his low free-kick surprised Coburn, who did well not to spill the shot as Moors looked the more dangerous.
Geohaghon’s throw to Birch was well saved and Fleet might have done better after a good run and cross from Angus.
As Altrincham frustrated Solihull with possession near the corner flags, a magnificent run by Michael Blackwood into the box opened up their defence but the final pass eluded English.
Then a limping sub Birch was himself replaced by Alex Dean as the game ebbed away.
Despite giving their everything in the four minutes of added time Moors could not break through.
Solihull now sit in eighth position in the league three points from the play-off places but having played at least two games more than their rivals.
Despite the injury situation, a win at home against Stockport County this weekend is absolutely vital.