Redditch United 1Vauxhall Motors 1
A PROUD display was not enough for Vauxhall Motors to stave off the threat of relegation from the Blue Square North.
Saturday’s hard-fought 1-1 draw at relegation rivals Redditch confirmed the Motormen’s demotion to the UniBond Premier.
Both sides failed to produce any kind of flowing football on a pitch that had more bounce in it than a trampoline and as a result chances were at a premium in the first half.
The Midlands hosts started brighter and on 25 minutes forced Motors keeper James Coates into a fine double save to thwart Dexter Ravenhill.
Vauxhall’s Jonathan Egerton was taken to hospital after suffering a cut to the head before Ravenhill blasted over with the goal at his mercy.
Motors however could not hold out until the break as Joe Clarke cut in from the left a curled his shot past Coates into the top left-hand corner on the stroke of half-time.
The Motormen refused to lie down during the second half and equalised on 55 minutes when Chris Noone crossed for Karl Noon to score his 11th goal of the season.
Noon had three further chances to put the visitors in front but Reds’ keeper Danny Lewis was up to the task.
With the clock ticking down it was Noon again who had a chance to win the points but his unchallenged header went wide and in the dying minutes.
Redditch then had the final say and thought they had snatched victory when Ravenhill finished a counter attack but was adjudged offside.
Vauxhall: Coates, Lane, Noone, Hannigan, Moogan, Egerton (Winters 27), Brown, Smith, Noon (Wright 89), Wilson, Furlong. Subs not used: Macauley, Grice, Mustafa.