Vauxhall Motors 1 Boston Utd 0
MOTORS grabbed a survival lifeline at a windswept Rivacre Park last night as a late goal by Peter Heler handed them a crucial victory over Boston.
Stuck in the relegation places and with time fast running out in their bid to beat the drop, Motors were desperate to claim the three points – and Heler duly obliged with the winner.
A relieved Motors chairman Alan Bartlam said: “We needed something – especially after the last two defeats – and we got it.
“It was a decent performance. I’m delighted we got back on track and hopefully we can put some more points on the board when we play Gainsborough this Saturday.”
There were only five minutes left when Motors struck the winning goal.
Neat build-up play on the left by Russell Hitchin saw Paul Taylor cross low into the six-yard box where the ball was met by Heler, who provided the finishing touch to condemn the Pilgrims to a narrow defeat.
It was no more than the Motormen deserved for a battling performance in a game of few chances, not helped by the blustery conditions.
Heler had almost opened the scoring in the 13th minute, but he was denied by a smart save from Pilgrims keeper Simon Rayner. At the other end, Motors keeper Andrew Murphy did well to deny Kieran Leabon.
Murphy distinguished himself again on 66 minutes with a superb tip-over save from Liam Green, while Vauxhall’s Alan Griffiths headed just wide from a corner kick.
Boston cranked up the pressure in the closing stages, with Ashley Nicholls and Tom Matthews both only inches away from scoring before Heler stepped up to bag the winner for the hosts.
The victory gives Motors a much-needed shot in the arm as they look forward to their next challenge – a meeting with Gainsborough Trinity at Rivacre Park this Saturday (3pm).
If results elsewhere go their way, three points against mid-table Gainsborough could be enough to pull Carl Macauley’s side out of the bottom three.
Vauxhall: Murphy, Owens, Egerton, Griffiths, Holmes, Robinson, Smith, Williams, Heler, Hitchin, Taylor. Subs (not used): Field, Roberts, McGrail, Reed.
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