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Motormen cruise to victory in opening match of Skrill North campaign
TWO fantastic goals by Lloyd Ellams and Karl Noon gave Motors all three points from the opening fixture of the Skrill North campaign against Gainsborough Trinity at Rivacre Park.
It was a terrific first half performance by the Motormen with some great passing football causing Gainsborough all sorts of problems.
The pressure exerted onto the visitors paid dividends on the half-hour. Ellams, on his Motors debut, collected a left wing cross by Louis Barnes on the edge of the penalty area and flicked the ball into the top corner of the net with the outside of his right foot.
The lead was doubled on 42 minutes. Noon ran onto a forward pass by Andy Nicholas and after spotting goalkeeper Phil Barnes off his line he produced a sublime chip over the stranded 'keeper and into the back of the net.
Gainsborough came out after the break looking much better and more dangerous. Substitute Darryn Stamp went close to reducing the deficit shortly after entering the fray but his looping effort was just too high.
Motors' lead was halved on 79 minutes when they failed to clear a Gainsborough free-kick from the left. Liam Davis was on hand to hook the ball into the net past Zac Jones from eight yards.
Trinity pressed for a late equaliser, but the Motormen regained their composure to keep the visitors at bay to secure an opening day victory.
Boss Carl Macauley was delighted with his side's performance, "The first 45 minutes we were fantastic. It was as well as we've played for a long time. We could have been 3 up, we opened up Gainsborough time after time.
"In the second half, they changed the shape of the team and our lads were getting tired after all the hard work of the first half.
"But we kept in the game and came away with a 2-1 win which is good for Vauxhall Motors."
Vauxhall: Jones, Wainwright, Barnes, Hannigan, Nicholas, Noone, Noon (Rutter 79), Williams, Stott (Rugg 70), Ellams, Kosylo (Davies 90)
Subs not used: Martindale, Ellison,
Motors are away to Harrogate Town on Tuesday, August 20, 7.45pm kick-off, and then make the long trip to Workington on Saturday, August 24.
Vauxhalls are back at Rivacre Park on Bank Holiday Monday, August 26, when they entertain Altrincham. Kick-off will be at 3pm.
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