THE Motormen recovered from a sucker punch which saw the visitors take the lead with their only shot of the first half at Rivacre Park on Saturday to win their first-round Trophy tie.
Manager Owen Brown said: 'Ashton's goal was clearly offside and the lad admitted it, but we produced a good performance against the elements and passed the ball well. Robbie Lawton's winner was a terrific strike and a real 'goal of the season' contender. He was obviously really pleased with it and he wasn't the only one.
'The FA Cup will grab the headlines but the Trophy is a competition in which we have realistic ambitions of being successful in. We know that somewhere along the line we're going to be knocked out of the FA Cup but, hopefully, it will be to a disputed penalty at Old Trafford.'
On a foul, wet and windy day, Vauxhall played to a pathetic 145 spectators, yet you suspect if they bring Bury back here in two weeks' time, that figure would increase tenfold.
It was one-way traffic for most of the first half as the Motors surged forward, fashioning chance after chance but ultimately failing to convert.
A Colin Flood corner kick from the right-hand side struck the post while Peter Cumiskey also hit the woodwork as his looping header rattled the bar.
On 32 minutes, Vauxhall were punished as Ashton took the lead with their only shot of the opening period.
Despite home claims that he was several yards offside, Paul Garvey latched on to a Danny White pass to slot the ball between Tim Dittmer's legs in a one-on-one with the keeper.
Ashton then wasted several good chances to extend their lead early in the second half as Dittmer palmed away a Martin Allison shot while Neil Hardy fired wide from close range.
Needing a stroke of luck, Vauxhall levelled proceedings on 68 minutes following a penalty-box scramble.
Karl O'Donnell and Ashton centre-back Lincoln Adams both found themselves on their backsides, but the young Vauxhall striker was first to his feet to slam the ball home.
If their equaliser was scrappy, the hosts' 75th-minute winner was a piece of brilliance as a moment of magic from skipper Lawton decided the tie.
Receiving possession from O'Donnell's square ball, Lawton cut inside from the right and curled a fine effort across Ashley Connor's goal, beating the keeper via his right-hand post.
Vauxhall: Dittmer, Woodyatt, McDermott (O'Brien 72), Glendenning, Flood, Brazier, Nesbitt, Lawton, O'Donnell, Olsen, Cumiskey (Griffiths 88).
The Motormen have been drawn at UniBond League Division One side Kidsgrove Athletic in round two. The tie with the Potteries club will take place on Saturday, November 27.