DESPITE being down to 10 men for more than an hour and giving away a penalty, Vauxhall kept their first clean sheet in the league this season and won the game in style.
The match quickly became an ill-tempered affair with most of the action early on coming in the form of rash challenges rather than goalmouth incidents.
Both Nicky Young and Kevin Lynch were booked early on and the former was given his marching orders on 29 minutes after a two-footed lunge on Kevin Bromley.
But this seemed to spark Vauxhall into life and they created several good chances leading up to the break before finally taking the lead on the stroke of half-time.
Terry Fearns was hauled down by Mark Foster in the area after being played through on goal by a raking pass from Robbie Lawton.
Fearns stepped up to take the spot-kick himself and sent the ball straight down the centre of the goal as Bishop Auckland keeper David Campbell dived to his left.
There was more penalty drama 12 minutes into the second half as Bromley escaped the attentions of Brad Cullen was was brought down by Matt Haddrell.
But for the second consecutive Saturday Chris Holmes was Vauxhall's spot-kick saviour as he got down well to his left determined to deny Anthony Lee from 12 yards out.
The Motormen were gifted a second goal on 66 minutes as Steven Bell played a foolish ball across across his own area, which was met by Fearns who poked home.
Vauxhall capped their win five minutes into stoppage time as substitute Peter Cumiskey squared the ball to Carl Nesbitt who was in plenty of space to fire past Campbell.
Manager Alvin McDonald said: 'I have no complaints about the sending off. They were two bookable offences but I think the referee missed a lot today.'
Vauxhall: Holmes, Cullen, McDermott, Brazier, Haddrell, Lynch (Aldridge 83), Nesbitt, Lawton, Fearns (Cumiskey 88), Young, Wright.
* The Motormen are back in action on Saturday as Blyth Spartans visit Rivacre Park. Vauxhall then have a Boxing Day derby match at Marine.