FOLLOWING a deluge of cup ties, which saw the Motormen reach the first round of the FA Cup, the semi-finals of the UniBond Cheshire Senior Cup and the third round of the FA Trophy, Owen Brown's men have finally returned to a concentrated spell of Nationwide Conference North football.
Their quest of further advancement up the table began last night, with a tough away assignment at Altrincham.
Owen Brown's charges, boosted by the unexpected recent return of midfielder Steve Porter, were looking to extend their unbeaten league sequence - stretching back to mid-September when Motors were defeated 2-1 by an unjust last-minute goal away at Stalybridge Celtic - to eight matches.
Since then, the Motor-men have well and truly turned the corner after a winless first month to the new season, but the next few games will certainly test their mettle.
On Saturday they entertain Redditch United at Rivacre Park for the first time - their first meeting in early September turned out to be a nightmare for Vauxhall's as they were crushed 4-1. So the Motormen will be after revenge.
That is followed by the long midweek trek to Kettering next Tuesday night, when another tough match is in prospect, before they return to the same neck of the woods to face Nuneaton Borough.
If Owen Brown's men were able to extend their unbeaten league run over those next few games, they really will have done extremely well on all fronts.