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Motormen earn three points
2:44pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in Sport
MOTORS gained three well-earned points at home to Solihull Moors after conceding a second-half goal from the visitors, writes Glyn Jones.
Vauxhall forward Dan Parkinson made several good runs in the opening minutes but struggled to beat Solihull keeper Singh.
Solihull almost took an early lead when Motors defender Tom Hannigan misplaced a ball back to his keeper under little pressure.
Shortly after this Solihull striker Omar Bogle found himself one on one with Zac Jones who managed to push the goal effort wide of the post.
Vauxhalls seemed to settle after this and held the ball up well in the centre of midfield.
Midway through the first-half James Gray found himself a good striking opportunity but rushed his effort and saw the ball slice wide of the goal.
On 27 minutes, Gray was unnecessarily sent off by referee for what appeared to be a flailing arm when trying to win a header.
A very poor decision from the referee, which would have would have seemed harsh even if a yellow card was produced.
Solihull's Omar Bogle was a constant threat throughout the first half, but Motors captain Hannigan managed to keep the striker off the score sheet.
Towards the end of the first half pacey winger Craig Mahon broke forward and skipped passed four opponents which left Dan Parkinson in plenty of space to take the lead, but a good save from Singh prevented Parkinson from gaining a lead for the Motors.
On the hour mark a long ball was played from the Motors backline which managed to find Parkinson.
The Motors striker then took on the last two Solihull defenders but was unfairly taken down in the box without a penalty being awarded.
New signing Roderick Owuso-Andrews was brought on in place of David Thompson and instantly caused problems for the Solihull defence due to his physical strength.
Solihull eventually took the lead against the run of play after a close range shot was unsuccesfully cleared by the Motors only as far as Reece Fleet who struck the ball from 18 yards well into the far left corner.
Mahon came close to equalising shortly after with a shot being pushed wide again by Singh.
The corner dropped well for Tom Hannigan who managed to score a trademark header to make it 1-1.
Motors kept the pressure up and were awarded a penalty when Parkinson was clearly fouled inside the Solihull box.
This resulted in a sending off for Solihull and an accurate finish from Michael Burns to give Motors the lead on 85 minutes.
Match rating: 3/5
Star man: Tom Hannigan (Vauxhall Motors)
Vauxhall Motors - Jones, Noone (Clair), Dames, Hannigan, Nicholas, Thomspon (Owusu-Andrews), Mahon, Clowes (Rutter), Gray, Burns, Parkinson.
Solihull Moors - Singh, Denny, Blackwood, Langdon, Pierpoint, Spencer, Knights, English, Kemp (Fleet), Bogle, Beswick.