Since Solihull Moors’ last visit to Holker Street five weeks ago, their form has returned to what was expected of them before the season started.

Their 3-0 defeat against Barrow AFC was the fifth of a run of six league games without a win that left them surprisingly off the pace after being widely tipped to challenge for promotion again before a ball was kicked.

While it was true they were missing some firepower on the day - Paul McCallum was injured in the warm-up and Nathan Blissett and Danny Wright already ruled out - it was still surprising just how comfortable it was for the Bluebirds on the day.

It’s never dull for John Rooney when he faces Solihull and that was the case again, as he scored twice from free kicks in the first half before Scott Quigley added a third within a minute of the restart.

It was the first time AFC had recorded back-to-back wins this season and they haven’t looked back since, taking their winning run to a record-threatening seven games.

At the same time, the Moors have hauled themselves back into contention with four wins from their last six games, which has taken them up to sixth in the National League.

Like Barrow, they were affected by the severe disruption to the West Coast Main Line last Saturday, the difference being their game against high-flying Bromley survived, albeit with a delayed kick-off.

Goals from Gavin Gunning and Wright ensured a 2-1 win against the Ravens at Damson Park, which ensured that they’ll be heading to Barrow in a better state of mind than last time.

Manager Tim Flowers told the club’s website post-match: “The second goal gave us a huge cushion. We got our noses in front again in the first half and we’re always very hard to beat when we get in front.

“To beat a team who are joint top of the division coming here is a fantastic effort and it tightens the league right up.”