Stalemate against Town yet again


Vauxhall Motors had to settle for a share of the spoils with much-improved Cheadle Town at the Syncvreon Arena on Saturday in the Hallmark Security League fixture, their third drawn game with the Stockport outfit this season…due to a 90th minute equaliser from the visitors Ben Brooks.

The Motormen had some decent openings in the first half with Ben Holmes, George Hassall and Danny Cross all going close but they were rocked back on their heels in the 32nd minute when a speculative effort by Rhys Clooney from fully 25 yards dropped somewhat surprisingly into the top corner of the Motors goal with keeper Kristofer Leigh expecting the ball to flew high over the bar.

Motors responded by taking the initiative again after the break and two quick goals seemed to have turned the match in their favour.  First of all on 56 minutes came the equaliser when Joe Brandon’s effort was deflected on to an upright by the legs of Cheadle keeper Dan Whiting, but the rebound fell nicely for home skipper Tom Mitchell to fire home from six yards. And just seven minutes later the hosts took the lead from the penalty spot, after Brandon had been brought down inside the box.  Dave Webb converting from twelve yards.

Substitute Damase Kiwanda wasted a great chance to putting some distance between the sides and Motors were made to pay for their earlier missed opportunities when on the stroke on 90 minutes, the visitors drew level when Brooks broke through the home defence, rounded the keeper and drilled home from an acute angle, to deny Motors a much needed victory.

Vauxhall:  Leigh, Scarisbrick, Heath, Carlin, Mitchell, Quinn, Cross, Webb, Hassall, Holmes, Brandon.  Subs: Noon, Kiwanda, Schumacker.  Subs not used: Mason, Drummond.