A DRAW with Redditch United was all it took in the end to ensure Vauxhall Motors remain in Conference North next season.
The Motormen will take their place in the renamed Blue Square Northern League after a controversial Anthony Wright goal earned them a point at Rivacre Park last night.
Redditch's position in the division is more perilous than Motors and it showed from the start as they came out fighting for their lives.
The Reds had much the better of the first half and took the lead on 21 minutes when Richard Ball steered home a cross at the near post.
Carl Macauley had a tactical rethink at half time and changed his favoured 4-4-2 formation as he tried to get something out of the match.
If Redditch had the lion's share of the first half Motors dominated the second and goalkeeper Richard Anstiss repeatedly had to come to the visitors' rescue.
One heroic effort saw him palm away a Thomas Rooney shot before getting a touch on a Joe McMahon follow-up header allowing his defence to clear.
On 75 minutes Vauxhall got the goal their endeavour deserved in controversial fashion. Carl Nesbitt fired in a shot which ricocheted off a defender and bobbled across the goal mouth.
Anthony Wright reacted fastest to prod the ball over the line but the assistant referee raised his flag for offside.
After consulting his colleague the referee allowed the goal however.
And how important it was too. Defeats for both Worksop and Gainsborough Trinity coupled with the fact Worksop
must play fellow relegation battlers Leigh RMI in the last game of the season mean Vauxhall Motors are mathematically safe.
'It is a great relief,' said chairman Alan Bartlam. 'I always believed our squad had too much quality to allow us to go down.
'Carl bringing in Carl Nesbitt and Keith Smith during our midfield crisis a few weeks ago really helped us and now we are safe we can prepare for next season, when we hope to bring more fans in and push for the play-offs.'
Vauxhall: Lake, Smith, Woodyatt, McMahon, McNulty, Griffiths, Nesbitt, Field, Moogan, Rooney, Wright. Subs: Garrity, Macauley, Longrigg, O'Hare, Jones.