LEIGHTON McGivern marked his debut with agoalasthe Motormensecuredanimpressive win over high-flying Harrogate last night.
Manager Owen Brown said: 'The kid did well, we've been trying to get him for a long time. Leighton's got a bright future ahead of him and he could play a big part for us next season. We've brought him in from Waterloo Dock in the Liverpool County Combination, so it's a big step up but he showed that he's ready. He will continue to play for both ourselves and Waterloo when he can.
'His UniBond League registration was actually owned by Kidsgrove, even though he'd not been withthemsinceSeptember, so we had to buy that from them and they made it as difficult as they could for us to sign him.'
With several other UniBond League sides and even Football League clubs having put a seven-day request to play 19-year-old McGivern, it seems that the Motormen may have pulled off something of a coup.
Due to Peter Cumiskey's absence through work, the young livewire immediately struck up an exciting partnership with top scorer Terry Fearns.
It was Vauxhall's established goal-getter who put them in the driving seat early on, netting in the seventh and 10th minutes.
Both his goals came from searching balls that pierced the Harrogate defence, firstly from Mike Tomlinson and secondly from Carl Spellman.
Home keeper Tim Dittmar was troubled only by long-range efforts from Colin Hunter and Mark Barnard and the victory was sealed by McGivern 14 minutes from full-time.
Captain Robbie Lawton's floated free kick from the left was knocked on to the bar by Mark Roberts and McGivern pounced at the near post to crash the ball in from point-blank range.
Vauxhall: Dittmar, Spell-man, McDermott, Robinson, Roberts, Porter, Nes-bitt, Lawton, Fearns, Tomlinson, McGivern. Attendance: 173.
The Motormen host Spennymoor on Saturday before going to Ashton United on Tuesday.