Vauxhall Motors 3 Trafford 1
VAUXHALL warmed up for Monday night's tilt against Tranmere with another solid victory on Saturday.
It was their fourth pre-season game unbeaten as they continued to prepare for their assault on tbe Unibond Premier, which begins a week on Saturday with a home match against Chris Waddle's Worksop Town.
Peter Cumiskey looked certain to open the scoring when he was played in. But the striker hesitated while Trafford keeper Stuart Lindsay stood firm, saving with his outstretched legs at the expense of a corner.
From the resulting Vicary flag kick Terry Fears, a recent signing from St Helens, timed his run perfectly to head the Motormen in front after 33 minutes.
Right on half time the home side doubled their advantage as Chris Patterson turned the ball past his own keeper at the near post from another inswinging right wing corner by Vicary.
Interval substitutes Robbie Lawton and John Stanhope combined well only for Landsay to produce a superb fingertip save to keep Vauxhall within reach, and on 84 minutes the visitors briefly threatened an unlikely comeback by pulling a goal back.
A testing deep cross from the left touchline by Darren Emmett completely outwitted Holmes and Joe Murray nipped in at the back to head a simple goal.
Any hopes of Trafford finishing in style were stolen by Nicky Young just three minutes later when a well-rehearsed Vauxhall free kick saw Carl Nesbitt pull the trigger for last season's top scorer to fire home from an acute angle.
Vauxhall manager Alvin McDonald said: 'The friendlies are getting progressively harder but we are becoming better and stronger.
'We've now beaten St Helens, Newcastle Town, Witton Albion and Trafford and with Stalybridge coming here on Saturday, we are on course.'
Following the arrival of Darren Vicary (ex-Northwich and Stalybridge), John Stanhope (ex-Stalybridge and Connah's Quay), Ian Horigan (ex-Everton and Caernarfon) and Terry Fearns (ex-Wigan Athletic and St Helens) the manager has also added left back Wayne McDermott (ex-Northwich Vics and Leek Town).