Barrow AFC manager Ian Evatt is delighted with John Rooney’s improvement this season after the midfielder continued his purple patch in last Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Maidenhead United.

Rooney’s penalty was his seventh goal in five games and it took his season’s tally to nine, just one off his total from last season, where his final-day double at Gateshead took him into double figures.

Along with Scott Quigley, the 28-year-old has fired the Bluebirds’ superb run of five consecutive victories that has led to them rocketing up the National League table from the bottom four to seventh.

It is that kind of form Evatt will want to see more of from his side when they travel to league leaders Bromley this weekend, but he can be assured that they’ll travel down to south London full of confidence.

Evatt said: “He’s been outstanding and he’s improving, which is great to see, and to have nine goals at this stage of the season is excellent. If he had scored that goal at the end, it would have been a wonder goal and we need to keep going now – there’s no resting on our laurels.”

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