Barnet’s unbeaten run came to an end last night as they were beaten 1-0 away at Solihull Moors in the National League.

A first-half penalty from Terry Hawkridge condemned the Bees to their first defeat in all competitions since November 23.

The home side started brighter and it was only thanks to Scott Loach that Barnet did not go behind earlier than they did as he punched away a header from Daniel Wright.

After 19 minutes though, Jake Beesely was sent tumbling in the box and Hawkridge stepped up to send Loach the wrong way from the spot.

The Moors almost doubled their lead eight minutes later, but Alex Gudger’s header bounced back off the crossbar.

Barnet improved massively in the second half and Solihull were indebted to goalkeeper Ryan Boot for keeping them in the game.

He got down low to parry away an effort from the in-form Simeon Akinola and he also kept out Josh Walker after he had been played in by Dan Sweeney.

The Bees kept pressing but must have guessed it wasn’t to be their day when Boot produced a miraculous save in the dying minutes to claw away Callum Reynolds’ effort that was bound for the top corner.

Defeat keeps Barnet 13th in the table, missing the chance to leapfrog a host of other teams into 10th and further close the gap on the play-offs.

Next up for them is the visit of second-placed Harrogate Town to The Hive this Saturday, kicking off at 3pm.