AN INJURY-ravaged Solihull Moors side took a second half battering at Stalybridge Celtic as they were beaten 5-0 on Tuesday.
First half free-kicks from Kevin Spencer and Jake Edwards had given the Moors a 2-1 victory at Burscough two days earlier, but they failed to reproduce that form at Bower Fold.
Bob Faulkner made the trip to Greater Manchester with just 11 fit outfield players and was forced to shuffle his depleted side.
They managed to hold out until the final moments of the first half when Nathan Joynes put the hosts ahead and from then on there was to be no way back for the Moors.
Goals from Keith Briggs and former Halifax Town and Port Vale frontman Steve Torpey added to Solihull's misery while Matt Barlow's second half brace rapped up a convincing Celtic victory.
Faulkner was disappointed at the defeat but satisfied with three points out of two tough away games.
"Obviously I am disappointed at losing 5-0," he said. "It's not nice for anyone to lose like that but we've got to put the defeat into prospective.
"We had 11 fit players with two injured defenders and a goalkeeper sitting on the bench.
"Our two best players on Saturday, Lee Collins and Dale Anderson also picked up knocks.
"You cannot go to places like Stalybridge with so many absentees.
"That said, three points from two away games is not bad."
Despite the dismal defeat Faulkner remains optimistic and is hoping for a turnaround in fortunes in the forthcoming games - starting with the visit of Droylesdon to Damson Park tomorrow.
"We need to do better at home but we are hoping for four points out of the next two games."
Moors are likely to be without five key players though.
Tim Gould has been ruled out for six weeks and Junior English will sit out another fortnight. Jason Moore (chest pain), Lee Collins (hamstring) and Jake Sedgemore also face late fitness tests.
* ... as assistant manager quits
JOHN Frain has left Solihull Moors after five years as Bob Faulkner's number two.
Chairman Nigel Collins said Frain's exit came as a 'mutual agreement' and the club will not be rushing into finding a replacement.
The 39-year-old, former Birmingham City defender was appointed in 2003 as assistant manager with Moor Green plying their trade in the Southern League Premier Division.
But the enthusiastic motivator, who is best known by Moors fans for his encouraging touchline talks, has decided to move on with the season just seven games old.
Faulkner said that there was no defying reason for his exit adding: "John just decided to call it a day, that's it."
As for a replacement the Moors' boss said there will be someone coming in at some point but there is no major rush at the moment.