Motors see red at Town defeat



Vauxhall Motors suffered their second reverse of the week at Wythenshawe on Saturday, despite getting off to a perfect start, netting after just four minutes.  And even before that Joe Brandon had brought a smart save out of home keeper Jake Alfed before Kevin Exell pulled the ball back from the right hand touch line for Luke Edwards to smash home a shot into the top corner of the net with the help of a deflection.

But their early lead did not last long for on 9 minutes a misplaced back pass by the normally reliable Tom Mitchell enabled Brad Byrne a simple response for the equalizer. Before the interval both keepers were called upon to save efforts with their legs, but the early openings had dried up.  It took the home side seven minutes after the break to take the lead when tall defender Chris Middleton rose at the far post to head the hosts in front from a right wing cross.

Motors toiled to get any meaning possession and despite bringing on strikers Damase Kiwanda and Jay Harvey, the visitors failed to test the home keeper and on 78 minutes the game was as good as won when Dylan Stringer-Moth broke through the inside left channel and finished in style past the outrushing Kristofer Leigh.

The game descended into chaos towards the end as first Motors assistant manager Sean Rogers was dismissed from the dugout, quickly followed by the home manager and then Motors manager Mick McGraa.  It had been a bad day at the office without this dismissals, a lackluster performance by Motors normal standards and a poor result which makes it increasing difficult to contemplate them reaching the very top of the division.

Vauxhall:  Leigh, Carlin, Mason, Drysdale, Mitchell, Cooper, Exell, (Kiwanda 53), Edwards, Holmes, Brandon, Cross (Harvey 70).  Sub not used; Schumacker.