VAUXHALL Motors volunteers have been praised for helping make the club’s big derby clash at home to Chester FC a huge success.
Months of meticulous planning paid off as Motors welcomed a bumper 1,752 crowd to Rivacre Park for the first competitive meeting between the Cheshire neighbours.
The night went without a hitch – and for that, Phil Jarvis believes, the club’s unsung heroes deserve the credit.
Jarvis, who is Vauxhall’s press officer, said: “The Vauxhall Motors FC committee were delighted with how well everything went for the game against Chester.
“The logistics of how we would manage with a crowd of that size had taken months to organise as we are only used to approximately 250 fans at Rivacre Park for home games.
“Everything ran smoothly and may I take this opportunity to thank all the helpers on the night for their efforts in making the fixture possible.”
The only sour note of an evening to remember for Motors was the result.
The hosts went down to a 3-0 defeat after their right-back Conor Roberts-Nurse was given a harsh red card in the 27th minute.
The luckless Roberts-Nurse had earlier given Chester the lead when he turned a cross into his own net.
After last Tuesday’s match Vauxhall boss Carl Macauley thrashed out a deal with his counterpart Neil Young to sign winger Robbie Booth on a month’s loan from the Exacta Stadium outfit.
Booth went straight into Macauley’s side for Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to Brackley Town.
The winger, who spent a two-month spell on loan with Motors in the 2009-10 season while a Southport player, will not be able to play in this Saturday’s FA Trophy third qualifying round tie at home to league rivals Harrogate Town (3pm).
Booth is still part of Young’s plans and the Chester manager does not want him to be cup tied.
Harrogate head to Ellesmere Port on the back on an FA Cup giantkilling.
The Yorkshiremen won 1-0 at League Two play-off pushers Torquay United on Saturday to book their place in the second round proper for the first time.
Vauxhall were in league action at FC Halifax Town last night after the Pioneer went to press.