Vauxhall Motors 1Burton Albion 4
ANDY Mutch’s side did not deserve to win Saturday’s FA Trophy second round tie as they were totally outclassed by their Blue Square Premier opponents.
Going forward, Motors were creative and Paul Taylor – supported by tireless running from Peter Heler and Anthony Wright – showed once more why he seems destined for greater things. But in defence there was a succession of errors that the Motormen could ill afford if they expected to offer any resistance to the Brewers.
The first goal was a result of slack marking that forced Motors boss Andy Mutch to vacate his seat in the stand after just two minutes.
With defenders clearly not set up as he had asked, he watched as a deep corner was headed back across the box by John McGrath for Aaron Webster to head home.
Three minutes later Motors were presented with an almost impossible mountain to climb as referee Robert Merchant adjudged Jonathan Egerton to have handled inside the Motors box, despite the ball being played at the midfielder from all of two yards.
The resulting penalty was calmly slotted past keeper Lloyd Rigby by former Chester striker Daryl Clare to double the Brewers’ lead.
Heler almost pulled one back immediately but his flying header curled sharply wide.
Predictably, Motors’ brightest prospect was Paul Taylor. The 20-year-old had the chances to get Motors back into the game but his finishing was not sharp enough on the day.
His best chance came on 23 minutes as he somehow wriggled free of three defenders at the byline to fire a shot from an acute angle which was well saved by Brewers stopper Kevin Poole.
Just before half-time, goal number three arrived as Albion passed through Motors with apparent ease and Clare beat Rigby.
In the second half Motors had more purpose and Heler’s running down the left began to open up space to put Taylor through on a number of occasions.
Albion’s fourth was a sucker punch for the improved Motormen, as a long ball was launched to substitute Marc Goodfellow who laid the ball off to McGrath to strike home.
At 4-0 down, Motors relaxed and looked more of a threat to Albion’s goal.
On 70 minutes and with all of their subs used, veteran Vauxhall skipper Ged Brannan pulled his hamstring. He battled on but Motors were beyond heroics at that stage.
Their only consolation came when Heler, who had never stopped charging around, earned a small reward for his efforts when he ran half the length of the pitch, holding off Webster, to score for the hosts.
Vauxhall: Rigby, Owens, Dames, Williams (Roberts 65), Holmes, Brannan, Heler, Smith, Wright (Whittaker 50), Egerton (Hitchen 58), Taylor.
Motors are away to Gainsborough Trinity on Saturday (3pm).