Vauxhall Motors 0Fleetwood Town 2
FLEETWOOD became the first team to do the double over Vauxhall this season in this mid-table clash at the Motassist Arena on Saturday.
The visitors made the most of their chances in front of goal, which ultimately proved the difference between the sides.
Vauxhall were already without influential striker Karl Noon and it got worse after 30 minutes when his usual strike partner, Lee Furlong, had to go off injured.
On 35 minutes, Vauxhall full-back Lee Dames made good progress on the left where he beat his man and whipped in a dangerous low cross, but there was no-one there to meet it.
Just five minutes later, Chris Noone found space on the left and his cross was met by Anthony Wright. But he failed to make decent contact with the ball from five yards out and Fleetwood keeper Danny Hurst collected the ball safely.
The first goal came after 39 minutes. A free-kick was floated into the danger area and Fleetwood striker Andy Bell reacted quickest and slid the ball past keeper James Coates from two yards out to make it 1-0 to Fleetwood.
Just before the interval, Vauxhall captain Mattie Burke almost equalised for the Motormen but his 30-yard piledriver rattled the crossbar and went over, much to the relief of Fleetwood’s helpless keeper.
After half-time, Vauxhall continued to press for an equaliser and on 50 minutes, midfielder Tom Field went on a mazy run and beat a couple of players, but he shot high and wide from 20 yards out.
The away side clinched their victory on 78 minutes and it was another free-kick which unnerved the home team’s defence.
This time the dead ball was whipped in towards Coates who parried, but the ball bounced up and fell kindly for Fleetwood striker Adam Warlow who gratefully headed home from three yards out.
The Motormen travel to Tamworth on Saturday (3pm).
For the final fixture of the campaign against Kings Lynn, on Saturday, April 25, all children will be given free entrance to the Motassist Arena. This is irrespective of whether they are accompanied by an adult or not.