VAUXHALL Motors face a long journey to the North East in the FA Cup second qualifying round.

They travel to meet Gateshead on Saturday, September 29 (kick-off 3pm).

Meanwhile, it was a case of back to the drawing board for Vauxhall manager Carl Macauley and his assistant Andy Mutch as their side were crushed 5-2 at home on Saturday for the second time this season.

Full marks to Stalybridge Celtic, who, unlike some visiting teams, were prepared to attack at every opportunity, but Motors' soft centre came back to haunt them once more.

Hot-shot Paul Taylor fired Motors in front on 21 minutes before Celtic hit back to edge a 2-1 interval lead. Lee Furlong then gave the Motormen fresh hope when he converted a 50th minute penalty, following a foul on Taylor, but instead of acting as a spur to the home side, Celtic moved up another gear to quickly establish a 4-2 lead before hitting a fifth later on.

This Saturday, Motors travel east to face struggling Hucknall Town and after this latest setback, will be doubly eager to record their first away success of the season, to ease their position in the Blue Square North table.

Next game at Rivacre Park is next Tuesday (September 25), when Vauxhall entertain Alsager Town in a Unibond Cheshire Senior Cup tie (kick-off 7.45pm).