KYLE Storer’s first-half dismissal proved costly as Solihull Moors were beaten 2-0 by Chesterfield to remain outside of the play-off places on goal difference
Storer was shown a straight red card on 27 minutes when he went into a full-blooded challenge with Chesterfield player Luke Croll.
And the Spireites made Moors pay as goals from Alex Whittle and Kabongo Tshimanga shortly before half-time condemned Solihull to defeat.
The result means Neal Ardley’s side sit eighth in the National League table – remaining outside of the play-off places on goal difference.
League leaders Chesterfield almost made the perfect start when Tshimanga pounced on a loose pass only to be denied by a superb save from Ryan Boot.
Boot then made another fine stop to keep out Jeff King’s driven effort from a free-kick before Moors forward Danny Newton headed against the crossbar from a quickly taken corner.
However, the game turned in the 27th minute when Solihull captain Storer was given his marching orders for a hefty challenge on Croll.
And Chesterfield took full advantage when Whittle finished off a flowing team move to put the visitors ahead on 36 minutes.
Tshimanga then doubled the Spireites lead in the 44th minutes with his 16th goal in as many matches to all but seal Solihull’s fate before the interval.
Moors felt the game should have been evened up at the start of the second-half when Chesterfield keeper Scott Loach brought down Adam Rooney outside the area only for referee Gareth Rhodes to produce a yellow card.
Solihull keeper Boot was at his very best to keep the score down – denying Curtis Weston and Saidou Khan in quick succession before then keeping out King’s powerful effort in injury-time.
Moors fought valiantly until the final whistle but were unable to reduce the deficit on a tough afternoon at the ARMCO Arena.
Solihull are next in action against Grimsby Town tonight (Tuesday, November 23) with kick-off at 7:45pm at the ARMCO Arena.