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Motors pick up the points at Rivacre Park
Vauxhall Motors- 1 Worcester City – 0
MOTORS climbed to ninth in the Blue Square Bet North table as Karl Clair's second-half strike was enough to secure all three points at Rivacre Park.
In a game of few clear cut chances, the Motormen looked comfortable in defence and were happy to hit Worcester on the break when possible in a disciplined performance by Carl Macauley’s men.
Vauxhalls had the better of the early chances and nearly went ahead after just five minutes when new signing Karl Noon burst clear of the Worcester defence however keeper Glyn Thompson was quick off his line and did well to smother Noon’s effort to safety.
On 15 minutes, lively Motors winger Craig Mahon picked the ball up in his own half and went on a mazy run to the 18 yard box before unleashing a fine strike which flashed inches wide of Glyn Thompson’s left hand post.
With 22 minutes on the clock, a fully committed challenge between Motors Steve Wainwright and Ellis Deeney resulted in both players requiring treatment and both had to be substituted.
Worcester defender Deeney unfortunately had to leave the ground by ambulance with a suspected broken ankle.
Worcester had their first effort on goal after 29 minutes however Tom Thorley’s 20 yard strike was easily saved by Zac Jones.
The away side had the better of the remainder of the half however they could not find a way past a well organised Motors defence, marshalled by captain Tom Hannigan.
The only goal of the game came after 55 minutes when Karl Clair picked the ball up from 20 yards out and his right footed effort took a wicked deflection off Ashley Sammons and looped over the helpless Worcester keeper to give the Motormen the lead.
Worcester finally woke up and started to create chances in search of an equaliser. On 61 minutes, Glover fired a 20 yard free-kick well over the crossbar then five minutes later, Michael Taylor swivelled in the area but his left footed effort was straight at Jones.
The away side brought on Greg Mills for the ineffective Taylor on 69 minutes which livened up the Worcester forward line but they could still not find a way past a stubborn Motors defence.
Mills chipped the ball into a dangerous area on 83 minutes but there was no one on the end of it.
Three minutes later, the Worcester substitute pulled the trigger from 18 yards out but his shot was straight at Jones.
In the closing stages, Worcester piled on the pressure but this was easily soaked up by the Vauxhall defence who were happy to pump the ball away to safety and run down the clock.
Vauxhall: Jones, Wainwright (Roberts-Nurse 31), Fearnehough, Hannigan, Nicholas, Noone, Mahon, Clair, Rutter, Stott (Anoruo 69), Noon (Moss 55)
Subs not used: Kocsis, Ellison.
Worcester: Thompson, Weir (Reece 80), Deeney (Ayres 23), Thorley, Whitehead, Khan, Sammons, Elvins, Taylor (Mills 69), Glover, Breeze
Subs not used: Birley, Sargeant.
Motors have two home games coming up.
This Saturday, March 16, they take on Stalybridge Celtic, and on Tuesday, March 19, Workington are the visitors to Rivacre Park when kick-off will be at 7.45pm.