BLACKBURN Hawks moved up to third in the NIHL Midlands Cup after winning away against Widnes Wild.

The Hawks have now won matches in the last three weeks and are building momentum ahead of the Christmas period.

Blackburn travel to Solihull Barons on Sunday as they look to continue their winning run and could move up to fourth in the NIHL Moralee League if other results were to go their way.

"It was good to get another win on Sunday, even if it wasn't a league match," said manager James Neil.

"Everyone knows our priority is getting as high up in the league as we can, so we kind of use the cup competition to play without any pressure.

"We expected to win on Sunday, with all due respect to Widnes, but we know we should be beating sides like that if we want to do something special this year.

"We're third in the league table for the cup now and we want to build on that when we next play in it in a couple of weeks and then we've got three more cup ties coming up over Christmas so we will really be able to see where we stand in that competition."

Blackburn face third place in the league table Solihull Barons on Sunday and this is a good chance for Neil's team to put a marker down and let everyone else know that they mean business.

"We know it'll be a tough task away at Solihull, they're third in the league for a reason," added the Hawks boss.

"They've only lost twice in the league so far this season so they're a solid side.

"Solihull probably think they can be up there challenging with Solway Sharks and Whitley Warriors for who is going to finish at the top.

"All we can do is go in to the match with a good attitude and be willing to work hard to get the two points.

"We've been playing well recently and have turned a bit of a corner with our results and performances.

"Confidence is high in the camp, we feel we can go over there and cause a bit of an upset.

"It wouldn't be an upset to us, but the rest of the league would take notice if we were to get a positive result at their place."