Vauxhall Motors 0 Southport 0
MOTORS extended their unbeaten run to six games on Tuesday with a good point against the third-placed Sandgrounders.
In front of their biggest home crowd of the season – 317 – Carl Macauley’s men took on their Merseyside rivals for the sixth time this campaign. And despite having lost four of the previous five encounters in league and cup, the in-form hosts secured a draw this time.
It was one-way traffic in the first half with the Motormen having the majority of the possession, but they just couldn’t find the back of the net.
Just before the half hour, Southport failed to clear a corner kick and the ball fell kindly for Mattie Burke at the back post. However, his left-foot shot from close range was well saved by keeper Tony McMillan.
The best chance of the game fell to Vauxhall midfielder Chris Noone on 41 minutes. A miskick by McGinn found Noone in a one-on-one with McMillan, but the keeper made a great save with his legs.
The second half was more evenly matched and there were few chances for the remainder of the game, with both sides settling for a share of the points.
Vauxhall: Coates, Egerton, Dames, Marsh-Evans, Griffiths, Holmes (Owens 19), Holden, Burke, Noon, Field, Noone. Subs: McFadden, Wright
On Saturday, Vauxhall underlined their status as Blue Square North’s form team with a fifth victory on the spin.
A 2-0 home success over Farsley Celtic was Motors’ eighth win in 10 matches.
Chris Noone opened the scoring on 36 minutes, cutting inside to drill a deflected, low right-footed shot into the corner of the net to make it 1-0.
Motors doubled the lead on 50 minutes when James Holden worked a short corner then whipped the ball into the box. He found defender Alan Griffiths, who was left unmarked to head home from six yards out.
Motors are without a fixture this weekend.