Shaymen suffer crushing defeat

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Town crashed to an embarrassing 5-1 defeat to 10-man Vauxhall Motors at the Shay.

The visitors were reduced to 10 men after 15 minutes, by which time they already led 1-0.

And they still managed to score a further four goals despite their numerical supremacy as the Shaymen continue to struggle for form.

The game started badly for the Shaymen who were behind after nine minutes when Joshua Wilson fired home from the spot after he had been brought down by Liam Hogan.

Town settled after that, boosted by the fact that Vauxhall Motors were reduced to 10 men after 15 minutes when full back John Bennett brought down Terry Dixon.

Lee Gregory and Tom Baker went closest to levelling for the Shaymen before the wheels came off in spectacular fashion in a two minute spell before the break.

Craig Mahon doubled the visitors’ advantage after 36 minutes when he fired home from long range after Town had failed to deal with a corner.

And it was soon 3-0 as Leyton McGivern’s run at a free kick was not tracked and he fired home from half 12 yards.

Town were thrown a lifeline five minutes after the break when James Dean turned the ball home from a Gregory nod down.

But within a couple of minutes the mood had soured again as McGivern smashed his second of the game, this time from 35 yards off the underside of the bar.

And Motors bagged a fifth 13 minutes before the end when McGivern completed his hat-trick direct from a quickly taken free kick.

Report, pictures and reaction in Monday’s Courier Sport