THE Motormen produced their best display for several weeks on Saturday as they ended a sequence of four successive home losses with victory over a lacklustre Lancaster.
Manager Owen Brown said: 'We needed a response after the Droylsden game and it hadn't been the happiest of weeks, but this was a really big performance. The late goal for the visitors was our only blot as we were in control from start to finish, creating good chances and scoring good goals. We realise we're in a dogfight and needed to start picking up points.'
Vauxhall, who genuinely did boss this encounter against a Dolly Blues outfit that is rapidly slipping down the table, took the lead on 13 minutes.
Debutant Mike Garrity had two low drives when the visitors failed to clear Wayne McDermott's right-wing corner kick and from his second effort, Peter Cumiskey swivelled and shot past goalkeeper Tony McMullen, who like Garrity was making his first appearance for a new club after leaving Runcorn.
Either side of the break, the Motormen went close to doubling their lead with a Cumiskey toe-poke turned around the left-hand post by McMullen and Lee Woodyatt firing over after working a good opening.
Their second goal came on 55 minutes from another McDermott corner kick from the right, with James Glendenning heading in - although he was injured in the process and was eventually withdrawn.
A third arrived 18 minutes from the end as Cumiskey crossed from the left, picking out substitute Chris Noone who squared to an unmarked Anthony Wright at the back post for a simple finish.
Lancaster's consolation came in curious circumstances on 87 minutes when Steve Jones volleyed into an empty net following a misplaced clearance from Tim Dittmer.
It seemed uncertain whether the goal would be counted at the time as home defender Phil Brazier lay injured and some of Vauxhall's other players looked to have stopped.
Vauxhall: Dittmer, Woodyatt, Mc-Dermott, Glendenning (Mike Duffy 83), McNulty, Brazier, Garrity, Lawton (Nesbitt 75), A Wright, O'Donnell (Noone 67), Cumiskey. Att 155.