Vauxhall Motors 2 Corby Town 1
THE great escape is back on!
Motors hauled themselves out of the Blue Square North relegation places going into the final weekend of the campaign with a vital victory over fellow strugglers Corby on Saturday.
Stung by their damaging defeat at Bishop’s Stortford seven days earlier, Carl Macauley’s men bounced back to edge an end-to-end encounter and record their seventh win in their last 10 games.
Their impressive end-of-season form means Vauxhall can secure their safety with a draw away to Droylsden this coming Saturday (3pm).
Captain Paul Jones proved to be the match-winner against Corby at Rivacre Park.
But it was top scorer Josh Wilson, having been presented with the league’s player of the month award before the clash, who opened the scoring in the 13th minute.
The highly rated striker picked the ball up 25 yards from goal and lashed a well-struck left-footed drive high into the top right-hand corner of the net.
The visitors would have equalised in the 38th minute had it not been for Scott Tynan, the Motors goalkeeper denying Mark Jones with a superb stop from point-blank range.
But Tynan was beaten two minutes after the restart as Paul Malone rose to head home a Paul Mayo free kick floated in from the halfway line.
The hosts were given the opportunity to go back in front in the 64th minute when Craig Mahon was hauled down in the box by Corby keeper Nicholas Bennion.
Bennion made amends, however, by diving low to his left to save Wilson’s resulting spot-kick.
Undeterred, Vauxhall got the winning goal their efforts deserved in the 77th minute.
A whipped Dave Mannix free kick found its way to Tom Hannigan.
Hannigan’s effort was parried by Bennion but his centre-back partner Jones was on hand to bury the rebound from three yards out.
Motors: Tynan, Fearnehough, Dames, Hannigan, Jones, Burke, Mahon, Mannix, Parkinson, Wilson, Holsgrove. Subs: Egerton, Wynn, Noone, Wright, Spotswood.
Tom Hannigan has been named as Vauxhall Motors’ supporters’ player of the season.
The consistent centre-back, who is now in his fifth season with the club, has formed an impressive partnership at the heart of the defence with captain Paul Jones.
Hannigan has also proved to be a danger at the other end of the field, scoring seven goals in 44 appearances this season.