THE Motormen kept their place in the crucial top 13 placings with a well-earned victory at Surrey Street last night thanks to a delightful strike from ace marksman Terry Fearns, writes Christopher Beesley.
Manager Owen Brown said: 'We've got a sense of purpose about us now and teams know they're going to have to do something special to score against us as we'renotgiving anythingaway.It'spleasing to have the height at the back in Robinson, Roberts and Tomlinson as that was something we were missing earlier in the season. We knew that we had the personnel, it was just a case of getting them all on the pitch at the same time.
'In goal, Tim Dittmar has been a calming influence for those around him, our wing backs have been tireless and we've now got Quality Street up front with Terry Fearns, Peter Cumiskey and Leighton McGivern. We know we've always got a chance of doing something with Terry around and he found the only space that was available for his goal.'
Fielding the same starting 11 from the abandoned game on Saturday, as Kevin Lynch's suspension carried over to this game, Vauxhall started brightly in typically bitter conditions by the edge of the Pennines.
Fearns went close early on when he latched on to Cumiskey's right-wing cross but, at full stretch, he stabbed the ball straight at home keeper Andy Johnston.
Captain Robbie Lawton almost opened the scoring but his low effort was deflected wide for a corner kick, while at the other end, Martin Allison fired over the bar and Carl Spellman cleared Paul Garvey's hooked effort over Dittmar's head.
Fearns continued to find gaps in the hosts' rearguard and found himself on the end of a clever threaded pass from Carl Nesbitt, but Johnston made a good block to deny him.
Soonafterthebreak, Dittmardidwellto hold on to a smart 20-yard effort from half-time substitute Phil Cooney, but it was the visitors who took the lead on 55 minutes following some trademark Fearns magic.
A chipped pass from Steve Porter made its way to Fearns' feet and the strike shrugged off a challenge from powerful left-back Danny White before drilling a low shot beyond the reach of Johnston's outstretched left arm.
A tip over the bar from Johnston denied Fearns a second towards the end but one goal was enough to ensure another important victory to keep the Motormen on track for a place in the new Conference North next season.
Vauxhall: Dittmar, Spellman, McDermott, Robinson, Roberts, Porter, Nesbitt, Lawton, Fearns, Tomlinson, Cumiskey (McGivern 70). Attendance 202.
The Motormen go to North Lincolnshire on Saturday to visit Gainsborough Trinity while the rearranged game against Spennymoor United takes place on Tuesday.