VAUXHALL underlined their status as Blue Square North’s form team with a fifth victory on the spin on Saturday.
The 2-0 home success over Farsley Celtic was Vauxhall’s eighth win in 10 matches and, on current form, a shot at the play-offs may not be out of the question.
The sides were evenly matched until the 36th minute when a long ball was lofted over to the right wing and found Chris Noone in space. He cut inside and drilled a deflected, low right-footed shot into the corner of the net to make it 1-0 to the hosts.
Neither side created any further notable chances in the first half as most of the possession was fought in the midfield area.
After the interval, however, the Motormen secured the points.
They made it 2-0 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.
After 80 minutes, Farsley had a penalty shout turned away when Vauxhall defender Jordan Holmes appeared to handle in the box. But the referee was close enough to decide the ball hit the defender’s chest as opposed to his arm.
On 81 minutes, Vauxhall could have had a third goal when Rob Marsh-Evans roamed forward and played a neat one-two with Tom Field. However, Celtic keeper Curtis Aspden was alert enough to race from his line and make a smart save with his legs.
With just two minutes remaining, the away side should have scored when a cross from the right found substitute Scott Broughton in space, but his downward header failed to trouble the home keeper James Coates.
Vauxhall: Coates, Noone, Dames, Marsh-Evans, Griffiths, Holmes, Holden, Burke, Noon (McFadden 90), Egerton (Owens 90), Field.
Subs: Wright, Otobo.
Motors were due to play Southport at the Motassist Arena last night – a game played after the Pioneer had gone to press.
On Saturday, Carl Macauley’s team do not have a fixture. They return to Blue Square North action on Saturday, February 7 with a trip to Hucknall Town (3pm).
This is followed on Tuesday, February 10 by a visit to Redditch United.