Vauxhall Motors got their new season off to a great start by winning the Reusch UK NWCFL Champions Cup with an impressive 3-1 win over Congleton on Saturday.
Despite the rain, the traditional NWCFL Season opener was played to a high standard between two teams that played some great football, and ironically, between two teams who won't be playing in the NWCFL this season. Vauxhall Motors have been promoted to the Northern Premier League of course, and Congleton, who won two trophies themselves last season, they will be playing in the Midland League this season. Judging by both teams performances in this game, they should both do well in the new campaign.
Both sides settled into the game quickly with both spreading the play out well and creating early chances, however it was the home side who took the lead on 36 minutes when Michael Burkey was allowed some space on the edge of the box and he belted a shot into the bottom left hand corner to give Motors the advantage. In the second half, Congleton started much more in the ascendancy with a couple of chance in succession after the restart. On 54 minutes they were awarded a penalty when Daniel Cocks was brought down in the box and a penalty was awarded to The Bears. That Penalty was efficiently dispatched by Darren Chadwick.
The game continued under heavy rain but this failed to dampen the spirit of the game as both teams continued to create chances. It was 78 minutes before the next goal and it was the home side who bagged it, Ethan Gouldbourne with a great strike from a tight position putting the motormen back ahead. Four minutes later Vauxhall Motors all but sealed the game when Jordan Deer rounded the keeper and scored the home sides third goal to the joy of the home fans.
The full time whistle went and both sides were probably thankful to get the game over with as the deluge of rain continued. As League Chairman Paul Lawler and the NWCFL presentation party entered the pitch there was a small respite from the rain as Vauxhall were presented with the Reuch UK NWCFL Champions trophy for the 2023-24 season as the players celebrated.
Congratulations to Vauxhall Motors and commiserations to Congleton Town but both sides look in good fettle and we wish them both good luck for the new season.