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Leigh RMI 1 Vauxhall Motors 2

John Robertson

By Matt Lawton
January 15 2003

Vauxhall Motors earlier this season defeated QPR on their own ground and came very close to winning at Third Division side Macclesfield Town. Their giantkilling exploits continued at Hilton Park last night in the FA Trophy.

Motors thoroughly deserved their victory over RMI after attacking the Conference side from the first whistle to the final whistle, constantly putting Leigh under pressure.

Vauxhall took a virtually instant lead when exciting young striker Terry Fearns tapped in after barely five minutes.

RMI started to come back into the game as the first half wore on but Vauxhall posed a constant threat on the counter attack and forced several good saves out of RMI goalkeeper Stuart Coburn who once again was immense.

Tunisian striker Dino Maamria was involved in an on pitch argument with fellow RMI players Paul Williams and Andy Heald which only added to RMI's embarrassment following RMI conceding a second goal from Fearns and then the sending off of striker Neil Tolsen after twenty five minutes.

Vauxhall deserved their half time lead and RMI manager Mark Patterson certainly had his work cut out to get his troops back in to the game.

RMI almost instantly came back into the game when former Southport defender John Robertson pulled a goal back.

As much as RMI huffed and puffed in the second half, they couldn't get the elusive equaliser and were indebted several times to Coburn who was again magnificent in the RMI goal.

However, it wasn't to be and Vauxhall's faithful band of supporters celebrated another victory at the home of a higher league team.

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