IN-FORM Vauxhall Motors will be hoping to continue their recent revival in front of a larger-than-average crowd at Rivacre Park on Saturday (3pm).
The Motormen host Guiseley, who made it eight league wins in a row last weekend and are second in the Blue Square Bet North table – in hot pursuit of leaders Chester FC.
In a bid to lure in more fans, Vauxhall are inviting their supporters to bring along a friend for free. The two-for-one offer was originally planned for the match against Corby Town at the end of January, but the fixture fell victim to the wintry weather.
Motors chairman Alan Bartlam, concerned by the club’s poor attendances, said: “A lot of our fans come along to the game on their own and know the quality of football on offer is of a very high standard.
“They undoubtedly tell their friends about us but can never quite encourage them to come along. Well, here is their chance to invite them along without it costing them money.”
The offer is open to Rivacre Park regulars who want to bring a friend with them on Saturday.
With neighbours Tranmere Rovers playing on Friday evening and Chester facing a long trip to Corby, Motors officials hope there will be more local fans in search of a Saturday afternoon football fix.
Chester may be the league’s runaway leaders, but Guiseley are the form team in Blue Square Bet North. Mid-table Vauxhall, however, are on a fine run themselves, going seven games without defeat since a 2-1 loss to Gloucester in mid-December.
The results have not led to bigger home crowds – only 143 fans saw the game against Bishop’s Stortford on January 12 – but boss Carl Macauley is more than happy with the progress being made on the field.
Defender Andy Nicholas has signed a contract extension which ties him to the club for another season and Macauley is hoping other members of the Vauxhall squad follow suit in the coming weeks.
He reckons that he could secure the club’s highest finish in the Conference North if given the funds to make new signings in the summer.
“We probably only need another four players to strengthen the squad how I would want,” said Macauley.
“If we could do that then we would have a squad that would definitely be in with a chance of finishing higher than the club has ever done before.
“The highest the club has finished at this level is 11th.
“It will be tough to get these players because other clubs will be interested.”
Admission on Saturday is £10 for adults, £6 for concessions, £3 for students (ID required) and £1 for under 16s. Under the terms of the two-for-one offer, the higher admission charge will apply if concessions, students and U16s are involved.