HAVING spent the early weeks of the campaign struggling for an away success, the Motormen now seem much happier on their travels as they registered their 10th away victory of the season at struggling Ashton United to enhance their survival prospects.
The Motormen got off to a perfect start by taking the lead after only three minutes in their first real attack.
Initially, James Olsen won a corner for the visitors on the left, which Robbie Lawton swung in. Steve McNulty powered in a goal-bound header, which was partially cleared off the line by George Dawson, only for the same Vauxhall player to follow up and fire his team in front from eight yards out.
Motors' Darren Wright also went close after good work by the impressive Carl Nesbitt, but Ashton enjoyed a good five-minute spell midway through the first half when both Nick Clee and Martyn Lancaster saw decent shots well saved by Motors' keeper Tim Dittmer, before Phil Cooney drove over the bar.
The Motormen controlled the play after the break and twice Olsen went close to increasing their lead, before he struck the crucial second on the hour mark when he produced an unstoppable header from Wayne McDermott's corner on the right.
Dittmer was called on once more to thwart the lively Clee shortly after, but the visitors were well worth their victory, which brings their away haul to seven points in the last three away fixtures.
Vauxhall: Dittmer, Woodyatt, McDermott, Glendenning, McNulty, Spellman, Nesbitt, Lawton, D Wright (Noone 70), Olsen, Griffiths.
Subs not used: A Wright, Duffy, Parry, Cumiskey.