Hinckley United 2 Vauxhall Motors 3
MANAGER of the Month winner Carl Macauley dispelled the myth of a curse which seems to afflict most winners of the award as his side earned a deserved victory and climbed to 12th in the Blue Square North table.
Motors have now won four consecutive games and, as they approach the business end of the season, they could still have their most successful Blue Square campaign to date.
Hinckley started brighter on Saturday with Leigh Platnauer and Alex Taylor both glancing headers wide.
It was the home side who eventually took the lead, patient build-up play ending with Dominic Roma bursting into the box and picking out Andy Gooding who made it 1-0 with a smart finish from close range.
Just a minute before the interval the Motormen grabbed an undeserved equaliser.
James Holden floated in a free kick and Rob Marsh-Evans beat keeper Chris MacKenzie with a looping header to make it 1-1 at half-time.
Goals breed confidence and Motors are not short of self-belief at the moment so after the break they looked a completely different side.
Karl Noon always looked a threat when running at the home defence and he found himself one-on-one with the keeper on 70 minutes but MacKenzie did well to race off his line and block his shot with his legs.
Just a minute later Noon was rewarded for his effort up front. Marsh-Evans’ ball forward fell to Tom Field and although his shot was well saved by MacKenzie, the ball fell kindly to Noon who made no mistake with the rebound and finished with a low shot into the corner from 18 yards.
On 77 minutes it was 3-1. Noon beat his man easily on the left and pulled the ball back for midfielder Jonathan Egerton who scored from six yards for his first goal for the Motormen.
Five minutes later, however, the Motormen were made to sweat as Neil Cartwright forced home Andy Hall’s corner to give the Leicestershire team a chance. But Motors held on for the three points.
Vauxhall: Coates, Noone (McFadden), Dames, Marsh-Evans, Griffiths, Holmes, Holden, Egerton, Noon, Field, Otobo (Owens). Sub: Wright
Motors have two home games over the next week. They host Farsley Celtic on Saturday (3pm) and on Tuesday welcome promotion chasing Southport to the Motassist Arena (7.45pm).