Motors edge out Rangers


Vauxhall secured their second away victory in the Hallmark Security League on Saturday, defeating struggling newcomers Ellesmere Rangers thanks to a late goal from Damase Kiwanda in the 80th minute.

Once again the Motormen dictated play in the opening half, as they have done in recent games but again missed a host of chances before finally grabbing the lead on 40 minutes through Greg Drummond at the far post from close range, the third time it is taken them until close to the interval to edge in front. But just as been the case in the past, they then contrived to miss other openings in the second half which included a lobbed effort by Kiwanda that struck the bar before the hosts stunned the visitors with a tremendous 25-yarder from midfielder Matt Hodgkin to level up the scores.

Moments later Motors missed the chance to regain the lead when Kiwanda had a penalty saved by the home keeper after man-of-the match Danny Cross had been brought down, the clubs second penalty miss of the campaign, but it all turned out fine in the end when the same player scored the winner, his first for the club, and celebrated with a tremendous gymnastic summersault.

The game ended with striker Kieran Hamm being stretchered off the pitch after a collision with the home keeper, the suggestion being he will be out of action for some while with a possible ligament injury.

Motors are back in action again this Bank Holiday Monday, away at Alsager before they face a difficult trip to Longridge Town in the F A Vase on Saturday.

Vauxhall:  Lavelle, Scarisbrick, Schumacker, Quinn, Mitchell, Edwards, Maldon, Drummond, Kiwanda, Cross, Hamm.  Subs: Holmes, Carlin, Kirkham.