THE Motormen bounced back from their FA Cup defeat with victory over an Altrincham side who could have gone second last night, writes Christopher Beesley.
After a sequence of five consecutive cup games in four different competitions, manager Owen Brown was pleased to put three points on the board as his side climbs to sixth from bottom.
He said: 'I can't praise our lads high enough. They showed high energy and stuck to their task. We were strong throughout the side with Tim making some good saves, the back three solid, our midfielders creating chances and the forwards defending from the front. We've got a lot of quality in the forward line now and having an exciting prospect in Karl O'Donnell and Tony Wright returning to fitness keeps Peter Cumiskey and Darren Wright on their toes.'
The visitors were cheered on by a large and vocal travelling support who were praised by Brown, stating he would like to see a similar kind of following at his own side's games.
But the 'Alty Army' were silenced by Cumiskey on 25 minutes as left-back Chris Adams failed to make contact when attempting to head clear a long ball upfield, and the Vauxhall forward followed in to chip with pinpoint accuracy over keeper Stuart Coburn.
The Motormen punished the away side again on 42 minutes when a needless free kick was conceded and Carl Nesbitt curled the ball towards the back post from the right. James Olsen headed across goal for Darren Wright to stab in through a crowded box.
Altrincham had the better of the chances after the break but they found home custodian Dittmer in confident form.
Vauxhall: Dittmer, Woodyatt, McDermott, Glendenning, Spellman, Brazier, Nesbitt, Lawton (O'Brien 89), Darren Wright (O'Donnell 75), Olsen, Cumiskey (Tony Wright 90). Attendance: 330.