Brackley Town missed the chance to go top of the Conference North after suffering a 1-0 defeat to new league leaders Solihull Moors in a poor game on Tuesday evening.
Solihull won a disjoined affair with a disputed 12th-minute penalty converted by the prolific Omar Bogle to maintain their unbeaten home run. The win took Moors to top spot, leap-frogging over Brackley who dropped to fourth in a tight pack at the top of the table.
The home side created what few chances there were in the first period with Matt Birley lively and Bogle always a threat. On 38 minutes, Saints cleared off the line following a goalmouth scramble and a turn and shot by Bogle was well struck but comfortably saved by Turley in goal for Saints.
After the break, Brackley enjoyed greater possession and began to string passes together but without threatening Jasbir Singh in Moors’ goal. Saints’ had their own penalty claim on the hour as Izak Reid was bundled over but it was waved away before Reid hit a trademark free-kick that finally brought Singh into action.
As the half wore on, Moors resorted to time-wasting tactics that frustrated the visitors and Michael Blackwood was yellow carded for delaying a throw-in.
In the closing moments, as Saints sought to build a head of steam, it was Moors who almost added a second goal, Birley bringing a fine smothering save at close quarters from Turley.
Despite their endeavour, Brackley were unable to find an equaliser to slip to only their second defeat of the season.
Brackley: Turley, Reid, McDonald, Towers, Sharpe, Austin, Story, Solkhon, Odhiambo (Mills 66), Diggin, Walker (Newton 77).
Subs not used: Griffin, Sandy, Cartwright.
Solihull: Singh, Nottingham, Blackwood, Fleet, Elvins, Langdon, Birley, Birch, Bogle, Beswick, Knights.
Subs not used: Pierpoint, Acton, Denny, Wint, Till.
Referee: Mr M Dexter