Barrow AFC defender Patrick Brough is determined to put last Saturday’s FA Cup defeat against Solihull Moors behind him, with two tough away games in the National League now on the horizon.

The Bluebirds were knocked out at the fourth qualifying round for the third season running, as Solihull made the most of one of their few chances in a game that was largely dominated by Ian Evatt’s side.

There is still plenty for them to play for in the immediate future, though, as long trips to Torquay United and Dagenham & Redbridge represent chances for them to continue their outstanding league form.

Victory down in Devon on Saturday would equal the club record for eight league wins in a row and it comes two weeks after they were deprived of the chance to achieve this by their home match against Dover Athletic being postponed.

Brough said: “It’s frustrating and everyone went away from the game with their heads held low, but it’s about how we bounce back next week now.

“There’s nothing we can do about the Solihull game now, so we’ll go to Torquay on Saturday looking to put another three points on the board and keep ourselves near the top of the league.”

Barrow go back into league action fourth in the table, just four points behind leaders Halifax, and they’ll be keen to show the loss against the Moors was just a blip in what has otherwise been a very encouraging autumn so far.

“It was a bit frustrating last week that we didn’t the game on [against Dover] because in the form we’re in, you just want to keep playing game after game after game and get more points every time we play,” Brough said.

“Thankfully, we’ll have to wait just a week this time until we play again and hopefully we’ll go down there, get a win and get ourselves right back up the table.”

Despite the Bluebirds’ best efforts - including Brough clearing a shot off the line just after they’d fallen behind - the first round draw in the FA Cup took place without them last night, with non-League clubs having the chance to mix it with EFL opponents.

The match was reminiscent of AFC’s previous defeat against Hartlepool, where they created, and passed up, several big opportunities before being beaten by a sucker punch.

Brough said: “I think that was there could see that we didn’t deserve to lose, but sometimes that’s how football works.

“Either the ‘keeper or one of their players was in the way or we just didn’t hit the target, which is unlike us lately as we’ve been scoring for fun.

“We should have scored a few more on Saturday and we should have won the game. You could see that they sat in and just defended because they knew what we could do to them.”