Hucknall Town 2, Vauxhall 0: MANAGER Owen Brown experienced some 'woman trouble' last night as female referee Ms A E Rayner perplexed the Motormen with some curious decisions as they crashed to defeat against the UniBond League leaders.
The visitors had what they felt was a clear penalty appeal turned down as early as the third minute when a lobbed ball into the area from Carl Nesbitt appeared to be handled by a Hucknall defender.
Just two minutes later, the hosts went ahead as Andy Todd drove home the opener with a smart finish from 15 yards.
Terry Fearns dragged a shot wide in the first minute of the second half while, soon after, home keeper Paul Pettinger tipped Mark Roberts' powerful header over the bar.
The visitors were again denied when Peter Cumiskey's header from a Robbie Lawton free kick was well saved, and Barry Miller sealed the points for the hosts in the 57th minute when he rose well to head in Danny Mayman's corner kick.
Vauxhall's frustrations with the match official were summed up in the 73rd minute when Ms Rayner failed to penalise Pettinger for picking up a back pass.
Vauxhall: Dittmar, Spellman, Robertson (Macauley 68), Robinson, Roberts, Lynch (Tomlinson 88), Nesbitt, Lawton, Fearns, Griffiths (Porter 68), Cumiskey. Attendance 557. The Motormen host Alfreton Town on Saturday (3pm) before travelling to Barrow on Tuesday (7.45pm). On-loan Mark Roberts has extended his stay at Rivacre Park for a further month but his Crewe team-mate Tom Betts has returned to Gresty Road. Vauxhall may get Terry Fearns' scheduled three-match ban overturned after the referees' assessor from Saturday's game confirmed he did not think it was the striker who had hit Southport's Alex Mortimer.
Although mistaken identity can only be proved with video evidence and Saturday's game was not filmed, the assessor will be highlighting the incident in his match report to the FA.
However, the switch could see Kevin Lynch suspended instead.