DESPITE being gifted an early goal at Moss Lane last night, the Motormen produced a flat performance as next month's Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final opponents condemned them to their first league defeat since September.
Vauxhall boss Owen Brown said: 'We never did ourselves justice and after our performance against Altrincham two weeks ago, we seemed to think we could just turn up and stroll to victory.'
Vauxhall's opener 10 minutes in was a classic howler. Centre back Gary Talbot played a blind back-pass which was intercepted by Darren Wright who strolled around the flat-footed keeper Stuart Coburn.
Altrincham levelled on 24 minutes. Chris Adams played a long-pass upfield to Colin Little who cut inside and squared to Marcus Hallows. Although Tim Dittmer got both hands to the ball he was unable to keep it out.
The home side went ahead on 32 minutes as substitute Kieran Lugsden poked in at the back post from Rod Thornley's right-wing cross.
Any hopes of a Motormen comeback were dashed seven minutes into the second half as Thornley added a third from the edge of the box.
VAUXHALL: Dittmer, Woodyatt, McDermott, Glendenning, Spell-man (Griffiths 75), Brazier, Nesbitt (Porter 62), Lawton, D Wright, Olsen, Cumiskey (O'Donnell 62).