FOUR days after their FA Cup hopes were dashed, the Motormen embarked on a fresh cup run as they disposed of Corby Town easily in the first round of the FA Umbro Trophy.
Vauxhall completed a comfortable 3-0 victory over the Northamptonshire outfit to book an away tie at Stafford Rangers. Manager Alvin McDonald said: 'It was a potential banana skin today but I'm delighted with the clean sheet. It's only our second in 22 games this season, so that's an area we need to improve on.'
The Motormen took the lead just nine minutes in when Kevin Lynch won the ball back after originally losing possession and fed Stuart Wright on the left wing.
Wright delivered a low first time cross into the box, which Terry Fearns slotted into the bottom left hand corner of Des Elliott's goal.
Nicky Young should have doubled Vauxhall's lead as he beat Corby's offside trap when played through by Lawton but his shot hit Elliott's knee in a one-on-one situation.
Corby hit back with a series of corner kicks but Steve Hilton made a low save to deny home skipper Gary Kennedy and Richard Preston had a shot cleared off the line.
The Motormen grabbed a second three minutes before the break after a mistake by home keeper Elliott.
Corby's custodian failed to control a long ball upfield from Neil Rigby and the ball fell to Young's feet and he passed to Fearns who then rounded the keeper and scored.
Vauxhall lost Young to a shoulder injury at half-time but his strike partner Fearns missed several opportunities to complete his hat-trick in the second half.
Fearns saw his header from a Wright cross tipped on to the crossbar and he shot too close to the keeper when Lynch sent him clear on goal in the final seconds.
It was Lynch who scored the Motormen's third goal on 63 minutes with a shot from the edge of the area after Matt Haddrell had nodded down Wright's right wing corner.
Vauxhall: Hilton, Rigby, Cullen, Brazier, Haddrell, Lynch, Nesbitt, Lawton (Spellman 68), Fearns, Young (Stanhope 45), Wright.