VAUXHALL Motors stunning turnaround was cemented on Saturday, when they defeated Blyth Spartans at Rivacre Park to clinch their place in next season's new Conference North, with their ninth victory in 12 unbeaten games, which has yielded an amazing 30 points.

Lying 21st in the Uni-Bond League Premier Division at the start of the last day in January, the transformation has been little short of sensational.

Manager Owen Brown was naturally a delighted man following the latest success, which sealed the required top-13 posi-tion to automatically qualify.

"We can now look forward to testing ourselves in the new Conference set up. The lads deserve great credit for what they have achieved. All the hard work, effort and work rate.

"We have lost just two games in the last 18, away at champions Hucknall and at Altrincham and I still don't know how we managed to lose at Alty, because for 45 minutes, we played the best football since I became manager.

"Now we just need to keep the run going in our final match at Wakefield & Emley on Saturday and then into the start of next season."

Meanwhile, defender Mike Tomlinson, an integral part of the recent success, spent Easter Monday in a hospital for the second successive year, when a nasty clash of heads resulted in the former Runcorn player needing 35 stitches in his left eyebrow, which ruled him out of contention for the last two games.