Next up: Runcorn FC Halton. Venue: Rivacre Park Date: Sunday, December 26: THE Motormen play the first match in a festive double-header against the Linnets on Boxing Day as former manager Alvin McDonald makes his first league return to Rivacre Park.
Vauxhall's most successful boss was back at his old stomping ground six weeks ago for a Carthium League Cup tie and came away with his first win as his new side came from behind to triumph 2-1.
Since taking over from Chris Lightfoot, McDonald, who already had former Vauxhall players such as Lee Kissock, Nicky Young and Anton Lally in his squad, has made wholesale changes in personnel.
A total of 12 new faces have arrived at the Halton Stadium, including former Gresley midfielder Karl Brown and defender Jimmy Turner plus 19-year-old goalkeeper Ashley Timms, released from Manchester City.
Last season: Won 6-0 on Tuesday, October 7, 2003.
Vauxhall grabbed their biggest win of the campaign in what was ironically their first home match after McDonald's departure.
The comprehensive success was a dream start for caretaker manager Paul Rowlands, who declared that he would like to be offered the Rivacre Park hotseat on a long-term basis but results soon tailed off with dramatic effect.
Lee Kissock, now with Runcorn and scorer of their first goal against Vauxhall a month ago, put the Motormen ahead after just four minutes.
The home side doubled their lead 11 minutes into the second half with an amazing solo effort from Peter Cumiskey, who added a third on 61 minutes with a 25-yard strike.
Runcorn had wasted several good chances throughout the evening but they were undone late on by a late burst from Terry Fearns, who netted a hat-trick of goals in the final nine minutes.
Form guide: Dec 18 L 3-1 Droylsden (H); Dec 11 L 2-1 v Worcester City (A); Dec 7 L 2-0 v Southport (H); Dec 4 L 2-0 v Nuneaton Borough (H); Nov 30 W 1-0 v Barrow (A).