THE Motormen edged closer to the drop zone on Tuesday after slumping to a 1-0 home defeat to Barrow in a hot- tempered clash that saw three players sent-off.
A stunning 30-yard lob by winger Colin Potts was enough to give Barrow the win and leapfrog Carl Macauley's side in the table.
The Motormen, who drew 1-1 at home to Kettering Town on Saturday, are eight points clear of the relegation places but a number of clubs below them have games in hand.
With only one win in their last 10, they are starting to look nervously over their shoulder.
After a lively opening 15 minutes, in which Vauxhall skip-per Mike Garrity tested Bluebirds keeper Jamie Speare with a low drive, the game was hit by floodlight failure.
The break in play spoilt what had been a bright start and the rest of the half was a scrappy affair with little in the way of clear-cut chances for either side.
But within 10 minutes of the restart the contest burst into life when Barrow full-back Steve Ridley caught Vauxhall midfielder Tom Field with a rash, two-footed challenge. Field, incensed by the tackle, reacted by raising his hands to Ridley and both players were shown the red card.
From the free kick, defender Joe McMahon headed the ball across goal before a scramble in the box forced Bluebirds' striker Matt Bailey to head off his own line from Anthony Wright.
Moments later, Brian Moogan went close with a 20-yard effort before Nick Rogan almost opened the scoring for the visitors with a low shot that flashed across the face of the goal.
With less than 15 minutes remaining the deadlock was finally broken. Potts picked the ball up in the Vauxhall half and, as the hosts backed off, he saw keeper Sean Lake off his line and lobbed him with a delightful, 30-yard shot.
The Motormen pressed for an equaliser but were forced to shoot from long range as a stubborn Barrow back-line refused to be breached.
With time running out Vauxhall's misery was complete when Garrity saw red for striking Bailey in the face. n Vauxhall have no game tomorr ow.