The latest Lockdown has forced NWCL table-toppers Vauxhall Motors to take a four-week break from their quest for promotion, writes Alan Bartlam.

The club has lost seven scheduled league fixtures during this month and all will have to be rearranged for later in the season.

First team manager Mick McGraa, shared his thoughts on the season so far.

He said: “Naturally I’m happy with the start we have made, taking 19 points from a possible 21 on offer. It has not been easy. We have not played very well to be honest and often had to grind out our results.

“I think having to change the line up so often hasn’t helped due to injuries and Covid-19 isolation, but I have to say the new players have done really well when they have been played. I do think we are now a stronger squad than last season but we haven’t been pleasing on the eye yet.

“I think a lot of it is down to last season’s 'null and void' campaign. I think the lads, as well as me, are still a bit deflated from losing out on promotion and the title last spring.

"But we need to get that out of our system and start performing the way I know we can when this interrupted season re-commences.”

The Motormen have conceded a goal in each of their five home fixtures, while ironically keeping two clean sheets on their travels, from their unbeaten seven league games played to date.

And while the league clearly remains the most important competition, a decent run in the FA Vase would not go amiss, as it brings the club national recognition and possibly a trip to Wembley.

At present the competition is suspended. Motors have been drawn away to fellow NWCL club Holker Old Boys from barrow.

McGraa added: “I’m looking forward to that tie. It will be very interesting I’m sure.”