Vauxhall 2, Bangor City 0: GOALS either side of half-time were enough to earn the Motormen victory in last night's friendly, writes Gary Porter.
Strikes from the impressive Leighton McGivern and Lee Woodyatt brightened up a wet night in a match Vauxhall dominated and were unlucky not to win more emphatically.
Boss Owen Brown said: 'We were terrific against tough opposition who provided us with a good test. All the boys worked really hard, passed the ball about well and were sharp from the off, so we're looking good.
'I thought McGivern did well. We bought him the season before last and he moved to Roch-dale where it didn't work out, but we're glad to have him here.
'We've now got one last friendly and then we'll be raring to go for the new season.'
Vauxhall started brightly, forcing the visitors to defend on their own six-yard line after a dangerous Robbie Lawton cross caused a goalmouth scramble on five minutes. Mike Garrity then saw his curling shot tipped around the post after good work from Peter Cumiskey.
On the half-hour, Cumiskey was sent through on goal but had his close-range effort saved and, just a minute later, Phil Brazier nearly broke the deadlock with a glancing header from a dangerous Brian Moogan cross.
The Motormen's dominance reaped its reward five minutes before the break when McGivern found himself with time and space on the edge of the area to drill a powerful left-footed shot into the bottom corner.
After the interval, Vauxhall continued to stamp their authority on the game by adding a second with a long-range Woodyatt strike.
A minute later it was nearly three when McGivern smashed a right-footed drive against the post then saw a low shot shave the upright as slick passing opened up the Bangor defence.
The Welshmen scarcely troubled Tim Dittmer in the Vauxhall net, managing only long-range efforts. But this was
mostly due to an impressive dis-play by the hosts who look to be in good shape with just over a week before the league campaign.
Vauxhall won 2-1 at Ford Motors on Saturday thanks to an own goal by the hosts and a Leighton McGivern strike.
The Motormen play their final pre-season friendly at home to Southport on Saturday at 3pm.