Vauxhall Motors 0 v 1 Hebburn Town
Vauxhall’s hopes of reaching the last sixteen of the Buildbase F A Vase and keeping their Wembley dream alive fell at the Fourth Round stage to Northern League table-toppers Hebburn Town.
The home side knew they had to be at their very best to stand any chance of causing another upset but they never seriously got going in the blustery conditions.
The Motormen were behind as early as the second minute, when visiting striker Graeme Armstrong got the better of Tom Mitchell down the middle of the field and he was able to feed Olly Martin on his left under pressure and the Hebburn man made light work of finishing well from the edge of the area into the far right hand corner of the net to give the visitors a perfect start. It turned out to be the only goal of the contest.
That setback at least gave the home side ample time to set the record straight, but they consistently found the Hebburn defence in determined mood to stop them. Indeed, the Motormen found it really hard to carve out any decent chances throughout this hard-fought tie, the closest they came in the opening half was from Anthony Gardner at the far post, while the visitors looked dangerous going forward.
Glenn Rule saw a free kick fly over the bar at the start of the second period and Mitchell had a header go wide but Hebburn went closer with Tom Potter being denied by a smart save low down by Ryan Crump at the expense of a corner.
In the closing 20 minutes, Motors totally dominated possession in their opponents half but still the Hebburn rearguard stood firm and resolute to deflect any advances on their goal. Rule brought out a fingertip save from Town keeper Mark Foden towards the end from another set piece but it truth Motors simply lacked a cutting edge on the day to give themselves a smell of further success.
Vauxhall: Crump, Gardner, Drummond, Carlin,Mitchell, Heath, Brandon, Rule, Noon (Hamm 81), Cooper (Holmes 60) , Burkey (Cross 71). Subs not used: Mason, Willingham, Edgar.