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Football: Inspired keeper Dittmer makes a point; COCA-COLA LEAGUE TWO/NON-LEAGUE Leigh RMI 1 Vauxhall Motors 1.


ON a freezing cold Friday night at Hilton Park, neither side produced much to warm the supporters in this Nationwide North game.

Indeed, the first chance on 21 minutes saw the Motors take the lead.

A quick throw-in on the left side found Moogan in space. He then trapped the ball before whipping in a cross for O'Donnell who powered a firm header past Lamb into the bottom corner of the net.

Two minutes later Leigh almost got straight back into the game when a well worked free-kick saw ex- Motorman Willis strike a fierce drive which Dittmer did well to turn on to the bar. Vauxhall's almost went 2-0 up when O'Donnell found himself with only the keeper to beat and his delicate chip went agonisingly wide.

The hosts started the second half much brighter and two minutes in equalised when, after some neat interplay, Hay found himself all alone in the area and his powerful drive found the back of the net.

The Motormen almost found themselves in front when O'Donnell and Moogan combined and the striker's shot hit the bar.

Leigh then assumed control and peppered the Vauxhall's goal but found keeper Dittmer in inspired form. Willis' drive from 20 yards out produced a fine save from the Vauxhall custodian.

Motors weathered the storm and with seven minutes left substitute Martindale headed down to Cumiskey whose drive went just wide. Further chances went begging for both sides in a frantic finish where a draw was a fair result.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Feb 27, 2006
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