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'Narrow victory' takes Motormen to 13th on table
Vauxhall Motors 2 Hinckley United – 1 MOTORS climbed to 13th in the Blue Square Bet North table with a narrow victory at Rivacre Park however Hinckley were unfortunate to head back to Leicestershire empty handed.
For the first hour of the game, the home side were in total control but they had keeper Zac Jones to thank for keeping the Knitters at bay as the Motormen defended for their lives in the final minutes.
Vauxhall striker Dan Parkinson had the first chance of the game when he went one on one with Hinckley keeper Robert Peet but put his effort wide.
On 24 minutes, a Chris Noone pass found Craig Mahon on the left wing who crossed low to Tom Rutter but he pulled his shot wide of the post from 8 yards out.
Mahon nearly broke the deadlock just before the interval when he made progress into the area and hit a ten-yard rasper, stinging the fingertips of Peet but Hinckley scrambled the rebound away to safety.
Just two minutes after half-time, Motors took a deserved lead when Mahon slipped the ball through to Steve Wainwright on the right wing and he pulled the ball back for the onrushing Rutter who cleverly scooped the ball into the top corner of the net from 6 yards out for his second goal of the season.
The goal of the game was scored by Dan Parkinson on 56 minutes when he beat the offside trap by timing his run to perfection and with plenty of work to do, he then cut inside and skipped past a couple of challenges before rifling the ball into the roof of the net beyond the helpless Hinckley keeper Peet Hinckley made three substitutions as they tried to claw themselves back into the game and one of replacements, Paul Lister, rattled the post with a well struck free-kick on 72 minutes.
The away side were rewarded for their efforts however on 76 minutes when Danny Newton scrambled the ball home following a corner however Motors held on to claim all three points.
Vauxhall: Jones, Wainwright, Dames, Hannigan, Nicholas, Noone (Thompson 66), Mahon, Clowes, Rutter (Ellison 73), Parkinson, Burns Subs not used: Thelwell, Moss, Spotswood.
Motors begin their FA Cup journey next Saturday, September 22, when they travel to Cheshire rivals Stalybridge Celtic in the second qualifying round. Kick off at Bower Fold is 3pm.