SOLIHULL Moors’ slim play-off hopes were ended after Neal Ardley’s depleted side slipped to a 1-0 defeat away at play-off hopefuls Barnet.
Harry Smith scored the game’s only goal in the first half at The Hive to extend Moors’ winless run to five matches.
The result means Moors sit 11th in the National League table with just three matches left to play with a 10-point gap to the final play-off place now out of reach.
Ardley said: “I’m really proud of the boys, we didn’t know if we were going to field a team, we’ve got lots of injuries and illnesses, the boys put in an outstanding performance.
“We limited Barnet, they had one shot on the goal in the first half and scored from it other than that we got so many things right and had chances in both halves.
“I’m proud of the heart and soul they’ve put into it, we kept trying, I’m proud of everything the boys put in.
“Max [Brogan] was really assured, he’s a really good athlete, he kept the ball at the right times and tried to break lines, he had a really assured debut.
“We are looking to call back a couple of loan players for next week to bolster what we’ve got and make sure we can finish the season as strong as we possibly can.”
Barnet’s giant striker Smith scored the winner on 30 minutes when he nodded in from close range at the back post.
Moors are next in action away at Eastleigh on Saturday, April 22 with kick-off at 3pm at Silverlake Stadium.