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Motors through in FA Cup after comfortable win
A FIRST-HALF goal from Andy Nicholas and an Ashley Stott brace ensured Motors progressed into the next round of the FA Cup.
The Motormen played some attractive fast flowing football at times despite the rain-drenched pitch at Stoke Lane however Carlton Town had a number of chances late on but couldn't find a way past in-form Motors keeper Zac Jones.
Both sides started brightly but it was Motors who took the lead after 12 minutes.
Matty Williams floated in a dangerous free-kick which was headed across goal by Tom Hannigan and Andy Nicholas was on hand to head home from close range.
Vauxhall enjoyed a spell of possession in the 20 minutes after the goal, and although they didn't particularly threaten the Carlton goal, neither did they look in danger of conceding their lead.
The Motors' defence was rarely tested and the Motormen should have increased their lead just before half-time when Hannigan headed high over the bar from close range after another free-kick from Williams.
Carlton looked a different side after the interval with Blair Anderson, Josh Thornton and Alexander Troke all going close but they could not find a way past Zac Jones.
At this stage it seemed the home side could grab an equaliser but the Motormen all but killed the game off with two goals in the space of three minutes.
A slip at the back led to Ashley Stott through on goal and one-on-one with debutant keep Harry Waldram however as Stott went around the keeper he was hauled down giving the referee no option but to award a penalty.
Stott stepped up and calmly chipped the ball down the middle of the goal to make it 2-0.
On 67 minutes, Motors made it 3-0 when substitute Matty Kosylo hit the home side on the break with a powerful run on the left wing before crossing to Stott at the back post who had the simple task of slotting the ball into an empty net from close range.
To their credit, Carlton never gave up and pulled a goal back on 76 minutes when Danny Elliott dispossessed Chris Noone on the edge of the penalty area and slotted the ball past the onrushing Jones.
Despite some late pressure from the home side, Motors kept their composure and ran down the clock to book their place into the next round.
Vauxhall: Jones, Fearnehough, Barnes (Wainwright), Hannigan, Nicholas, Noone, Clair (Kosylo), Williams, Stott, Ellams, Rugg (Noon) Subs not used: Ellison, Rutter.
This Saturday, October 19, Motors are at home to AFC Barrow. Kick-off at Rivacre Park is 3pm.
The Motormen play their rearranged game against Stalybridge Celtic next Tuesday, October 22. Kick-off at Bower Fold is 7.45pm.
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