VAUXHALL MOTORS fielded a host of new signings and had a fair amount of possession in Saturday’s pre-season clash; however Witton were deserved winners on the day with some sharp finishing in front of goal.
Witton started the brightest, and took the lead on seven minutes when Mat Wood burst through the defence on the left wing. His left-footed shot was saved by trialist keeper John Courtney, but Ashley Stott was on hand to turn the loose ball over the line from close range.
On 17 minutes, Motors should have been level, when some neat one touch passing between Burns, Ellison and Parkinson put Craig Mahon through on goal, but his shot flashed past the far post.
The away side doubled their advantage on 36 minutes when a controlled run into the box by midfielder Rory Fallon saw his shot kindly deflected into the path of Stott, who calmly side footed the ball home for his second goal of the game.
Motors manager Carl Macauley made four changes at half-time; Witton, though, extended their lead on 52 minutes.
Danny Andrews cut in from the right wing and his shot was charged down; however the spinning ball deceived the Motors defence and Josh Hancock was left unmarked at the far post to hit a rasping drive into the net.
Motors got a goal back on 56 minutes later following a left wing corner.
The Witton keeper came and failed to collect and Tom Hannigan picked up the loose ball and set up Danny Fearnehough who side-footed home from 12 yards out.
On 79 minutes, Leon Clowes nearly made it 3-2; however his goalbound header from a Louis Moss corner crashed against the post and away to safety.
Meanwhile, Motors have bolstered their attacking options by snapping up James Ellison from Southport and Dan Parkinson on loan from Morecambe.
Ellison started his career at Liverpool, coming through their youth system and representing England at under-16s level before leaving in July 2010 and joining Burton Albion in search of first team football.
During his time there, he went on loan to Alfreton Town and Chester amongst others, where on his return from the latter club in November 2011, his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
The 20-year-old joined Hyde but only made three appearances before joining Southport in January this year.
He scored his first goal for the club in their last home game of the 2011-12 season, against Ebbsfleet United.
Winger Parkinson has joined Motors on an initial two month loan deal from npower League Two side Morecambe.
He enjoyed a successful loan spell at Rivacre Park last season, making 13 appearances and scoring two goals.
And Vauxhall Motors chairman Alan Bartlam is hoping for a good start to the season ahead and is feeling optimistic in view of the new-look Motors squad.
He commented: “This promises to be a pivotal season for Vauxhall Motors FC and I believe that manager Carl Macauley has assembled an excellent squad for what promises to be another terrifically exciting season at Rivacre Park.
“The latest signing of experienced defender Andy Nicholls is the final piece in the jigsaw of a much-changed Motors line-up and hopefully we shall get off to a really good start.”
He added: “Some might say we have a testing opening few games, but to me they are also winnable.
“We start at Corby on Saturday, where we haven't enjoyed much success in recent times, but I think we can go there and gain a real confidence-boosting result, ahead of our home double against newly-promoted Bradford Park Avenue next Tuesday and then against highly-rated Altrincham on Saturday week.”