ALREADY forced into making three changes from the previous week, Vauxhall manager Andy Mutch lost on-loan keeper Andrew Murphy the night before their long trek across country to face full-time Boston United in the Blue Square North at the weekend.

Yet for long periods in the game the Motormen gave as good as they got and striker Paul Taylor was particularly unlucky, denied three times by Pilgrims keeper Lee Crockett as well as striking an upright.

Tom Field cancelled out United's opener on 29 minutes, again after good work by Taylor, but their joy was short-lived and on the stroke of half-time Boston had carved out a 3-1 lead on the back of a 45th minute penalty.

And the score remained unaltered until the very end of the game, when the hosts struck twice more in injury time to earn a flattering 5-1 victory.

The Motormen are at home this Saturday, when they play host to Solihull Moors at Rivacre Park. Mutch will hope to have the majority of his squad fit again for selection, including Joe McMahon and Alan Griffiths, who have both been missing for the last seven weeks through injury.