MOTORS kicked off their festive programme on Saturday with a bizarre 3-2 defeat at AFC Telford United – a match that saw Vauxhall squander a 2-0 lead after having no fewer than four players sent off!
Motors went ahead just before half time through Ged Brannan and Peter Heler made it 2-0 on the hour.
Telford were facing defeat until Jonathan Egerton was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
Then United’s Matty Lewis made a poor challenge on Motors keeper Andrew Murphy, who foolishly lashed out at him and was shown a red card.
Tom Field became the third Motors player to walk after he protested too much when Telford were awarded a penalty following Murphy’s indiscretion.
Lee Moore stepped up to take the spot-kick, but it was saved by Heler, who had replaced Murphy in goal.
Telford began their fightback on 77 minutes through substitute Luke Reynolds.
Four minutes later, Heler spilt a cross and Gary Fitzpatrick was on hand to stab home the loose ball for the equaliser.
Telford then netted the winner when Jimmy Turner’s floated cross from distance on the right found the top corner of the net.
Paul Taylor became the fourth visiting player to see red after he picked up a second yellow card late on.
Next up for Motors are Burscough at Rivacre Park on Saturday and Barrow away on Tuesday, January 1.