A DESPERATE plea for support for Vauxhall Motors has come from the chairman of the high-flying Conference North club.

The Motormen are unbeaten in their opening five league games, and are just one point off top spot with a game in hand.

But as Carl Macauley's men prepare for tomorrow's visit of Hucknall Town to Rivacre Park, chairman Alan Bartlam has bemoaned the disappointing attendances so far and called for the people of Ellesmere Port to get behind the team.

"We won our first three games and we are still unbeaten, but we are getting gates of just 180, and that is a crying shame," said Bartlam.

"We are playing so well, and it is so frustrating that people aren't coming along. You have got to work to pre-ordained budgets and it is very difficult, and it would make the world of difference if we could double our gates."

It is the Motormen's best start to a season since the 2000-01 campaign, when they went unbeaten for their opening 12 UniBond First Division games following promotion from the West Cheshire League.

Another club enjoying an unbeaten start to their league campaign are newly-formed Runcorn Linnets, who head the North West Counties League Second Division after winning their opening four games.

Steve Carragher's men, who moved into pole position after Tuesday's 3-2 victory over Cheadle Town, will go five points clear if they win at Ashton Athletic tomorrow.

Bootle, back in the North West Counties frame after a five-year exile in the Liverpool County Combination, bid for their first home win of the season when they take on Castleton Gabriels at Bridle Road, Netherton.

Ashton Town, with only one point from their opening three games, visit a Norton United side yet to get off the mark, while in the First Division, Formby, without a point or a goal from their first three games, travel to Ramsbottom United.