THE Motormen booked their place in the first round proper, earning themselves a trip to two-time FA Cup winners Bury with a stylish display at Wincham Park on Saturday.
Up-for-the-cup Vauxhall, who produced by far their best performance of the season to date, were more comfortable conquerors of a poor Vics side than the scoreline would suggest and progressed beyond the qualifying stages for the second time in three seasons.
Manager Owen Brown said: 'We were the better team on the day and I was always optimistic that if we were up against a side that would let us play, we'd be in with a chance. There are a lot of good football players in this side and we stuck to our principles while also showing resolve and came through.
'Darren Wright took his goal well and was confident after netting last week. We said it would only be a matter of time with Darren as his work rate and approach are great and hopefully he's on a run now.'
Like the sun which was beaming down on home keeper Andy Ralph, forcing the former Vauxhall custodian to don a cap, the Motormen started brightly.
Peter Cumiskey tested the 2002 hero of Loftus Road with an early warning shot, but his long-range lob fell just over the bar.
The same protagonists were involved as the visitors took the lead on 17 minutes with Robbie Lawton's left-wing corner kick slipping through Ralph's fingers, allowing Cumiskey to poke home from point-blank range.
A scuffed effort from Mark Quayle was all Vics could offer in the first half and it came as little surprise that Vaux-hall doubled their advantage a minute into stoppage time.
Jon McCarthy failed to intercept James Olsen's scything through-ball and Wright cut inside from the inside left position to smartly clip past Ralph.
Both of the Motormen's goalscorers went close again after the break but the hosts found a lifeline on 70 minutes as Quayle headed in Steve Garvey's right-wing cross at the back post.
A grandstand finish never materialised though and there were even cries of 'Easy, easy' from the away fans as the Motormen remained resolute at the back while also threatening on the break.
Northwich did have one golden opportunity to force a replay right a the death as Garvey found Quayle again, this time from the left, but his header went wide to ensure the Conference strugglers would not be let off the hook.
Vauxhall: Dittmer, Woody-att, McDermott (O'Brien 76), Glendenning, Spellman, Brazier, Nesbitt, Lawton, Wright, Olsen, Cumiskey (O'Donnell 84).