TAKING on Third Division professionals at Moss Rose on Tuesday night Vauxhall were on the backfoot almost from the start as they gave away a silly goal after four minutes.
The normally reliable Matt Haddrell made an uncharacteristic mistake to gift the hosts the lead.
With Town's John Askey approaching him, Haddrell attempted his trick of showing the onrushing striker a dummy before beating his man.
It is a move that often works against non-league opponents but did not fool Askey, who seized the ball before firing in a low shot that left Steve Hilton standing.
The was more misery for the visitors as Nicky Young limped off with a groin injury after half an hour.
By the start of the second half they had also lost Peter Cumiskey (ankle) and Stuart Wright (knee).
Cumiskey signed off in style, though, as he drew the Motormen level in the 44th minute from the penalty spot.
Although Askey showed his class with several pinpoint cross-field balls after the break to open up the Vauxhall defence, the visitors did not look out of their depth.
But they were finally caught out on 73 minutes when Whitaker dummied Adam Morris' cross and Richie Lambert raced through to slot past Hilton.
Vauxhall: Hilton, Cullen, McDermott, Brazier, Haddrell, Lynch, Croxton, Stanhope, Cumiskey (Rigby 45), Young (Fearns 32), Wright (Lawton 45).
* The Motormen return to league action on Friday as they travel to Colwyn Bay before tackling Witton Albion in the League Cup at Rivacre Park on Tuesday.