Vauxhall Motors 3 v 2 Ellesmere Rangers
Motors played their final home game of the season on Saturday against Ellesmere Rangers however, it wasn’t as easy as the league table presented it.
Rangers came into the game with high hopes after their 5-4 victory against Wythenshawe Amateurs last weekend.
Vauxhall didn’t have the promising start to the game they wish they had, as Goalkeeper Kris Leigh’s clearance was blocked and rolled into an empty net despite the keepers effort to get back and prevent the goal.
Joe Heath was then involved in some great play down both sides of the pitch which won Vauxhall some free-kicks and lead to some dangerous shots (the closest being from Joe Brandon which was easily caught by the Goalkeeper).
Finally, just after the half an hour mark, Vauxhall got the equaliser they’d been pushing for when Joe Brandon weaved his way through the Ellesmere defence and was brought down for a penalty despite his efforts to stay on his feet. Karl Noon then stepped up and slotted the ball nicely into the Keepers right hand side of the net.
Joe Heath continued his great play down the wing winning another free-kick which Ben Holmes slotted home into the top corner from 20 yards out to give Vauxhall the lead!
Vauxhall lead at the break but it was sure they would need to improve to take all 3 points off Ellesmere in the second half.
Both sides had a quiet start to the second half with the first effort coming from George Hassall who cut inside but never troubled the Ellesmere Goalkeeper.
Then, just after the hour mark, Karl Noon and Joe Brandon linked up with some excellent play which lead to a free-kick from 20 yards out which Noon took himself which rattled the bar and bounced back in to play.
Ellesmere dragged back an equaliser when it was headed in from a set-piece.
However, just minutes later, Joe Brandon once again weaved himself through the Ellesmere defence and was clearly taken down for yet another penalty which Karl Noon confidently slotted home to secure Motors the three points!
Vauxhall’s win is their 4th on the bounce and leaves them with 3 more points to secure the runners-up place!