Worksop Town 1 Witton Albion 2
WITTON’S lead at the top of the UniBond League went back into double figures on Saturday.
None of their rivals played. The closest and most dangerous, Fleetwood Town, trail by 10 points.
They turned in the excellent team performance demanded, as did the Sandy Lane groundstaff in getting the pitch playable.
Albion were grateful to them as they were to Curtis Bernard who missed an absolute sitter with barely 30 seconds on the clock and goalkeeper Jon Kennedy had to remain alert for a while. Even though Albion recovered their poise Worksop remained dangerous.
In 31 minutes Adam Warlow put Witton in front with his 18th goal of the season. Rob Lloyd lifted a free kick over the defence, Brian Pritchard pulled the ball back and Warlow’s shot hit the roof of the net.
Warlow slammed his next shot soon after against the base of a post after exchanging passes with Mark Peers. Five minutes later Cavell Coo started the move of the match. Steve Brodie latched on to his pass and Liam Brownhill’s cross was headed just over by the outstanding Dave MacPherson.
A minute later Rod Thornley was denied by Town’s keeper Sheffield United impressive loanee Steve Hernandez.
Albion’s increased their lead through Thornley’s approach work and Peers’ cool finishing two minutes before the break.
Hernandez saved from Warlow before the whistle. A goal then would have sealed victory, but the outcome was always in doubt after Jermaine Palmer converted a 48th minute penalty following Pritchard’s foul on Andy White.
Though Worksop renewed their efforts Albion held them at bay easily enough and finished strongly with Briownhill going close and Hernandez making a one-handed stop from Thornley.
WITTON: Kennedy; Coo, Pritchard, Barras, Brownhill; Peers (Kearney 77), Lloyd, MacPherson, Brodie (Spearritt 77); Warlow, Thornley (Wilson 90).