THE Motormen succeeded where Premiership new boys Wolverhampton Wanderers failed by holding Conference side Morecambe to a draw at Rivacre Park last night, writes Christopher Beesley.
Manager Alvin McDonald said: 'We've held our own in most matches so far and it was only when we made a few changes against Macclesfield that we got punished.
'These games against full-time sides were all arranged to get us on track and we're shaping up nicely.'
Vauxhall had the best of the few clear-cut chances before the break, with a Kevin Lynch shot squirming wide after he had latched on to Anton Lally's through-ball, dummied by Nicky Young. Terry Fearns then shot straight at keeper Craig Mawson's legs when picked out from the left wing by Peter Cumiskey.
The Motormen survived a couple of second half scares, with Morecambe's Wayne Curtis clipping an easy chance over Andy Ralph's head and wide while substitute Danny Carlton scooped the ball against the post from another seemingly simple opportunity.
Vauxhall centre back Craig Robinson broke the deadlock against his former club on 74 minutes, heading in Neil McCann's corner from the right, but Morecambe hit back five minutes from full-time with Gary Thompson's scissor-kick from Lee Dodgson's left wing cross rebounding off the crossbar and into the net.
Vauxhall: Ralph, Ward, Rigby, Robinson, Whelan, Lawton, Lally (Lynch 67), Lynch (McCann 59), Fearns (Hughes 59), Young (Fearns 74), Cumiskey.
* Midfielder Steve Aspinall has left Vauxhall to join UniBond League Premier Division rivals, Altrincham.
* Vauxhall are at home to Chester City on Saturday at 3pm and Bangor City on Tuesday at 7.30pm.