MOTORS boss Carl Macauley was delighted with his players after two spectacular strikes saw the Ellesmere Port side claim a win on the opening day of the Skrill North season.
Lloyd Ellams and Karl Noon netted at Rivacre Park on Saturday.
Macauley said: “The first 45 minutes we were fantastic. It was as well as we’ve played for a long time. We could have been three up, we opened up Gainsborough time after time.
“In the second half they changed the shape of the team and our lads were getting tired after all the hard work of the first half. But we kept in the game and came away with a 2-1 win which is good for Vauxhall Motors.”
The hosts turned in a terrific first half performance, with some great passing football causing Gainsborough all sorts of problems.
The pressure told on the half-hour when former Chester City striker Ellams, on his Motors debut, collected a left-wing cross by Louis Barnes on the edge of the penalty area and flicked the ball into the top corner of the net with the outside of his right foot.
The lead was doubled on 42 minutes. Noon ran onto a forward pass by Andy Nicholas and, after spotting Phil Barnes off his line, he produced a sublime chip over the stranded keeper.
Gainsborough were more dangerous after the break. Motors’ lead was halved on 79 minutes when Liam Davis hooked the ball past Zac Jones.
Trinity pressed for a late equaliser, but the Motormen kept them at bay.
Vauxhall, who took on Harrogate Town last night as the Pioneer went to press, go to Workington on Saturday before hosting Altrincham next Monday (both 3pm).