Double salvo sends warning to dogfight rivals
WITTON shocked play-off chasing Marine on Saturday and added weight behind manager Gary Finley’s message that the Wincham Park outfit can beat anybody.
Saturday’s impressive 2-0 victory at a wind-swept Arriva Stadium signalled to the rest of the UniBond Premier that Albion’s fight for survival is gathering pace.
Lee Thompson opened Witton’s account on two minutes, atoning for an earlier miss, with a well-taken strike but despite having the better chances, Finley had to wait until the 90th minute until James Olsen tapped in from close range to seal the points.
“We scored at just the right times in the game,” said Finley. “Scoring the second so late on they were never going to come back from that. It was a very good performance.”
It wasn’t all plain sailing against the Mariners, though, and due to some missed chances and a shot that hit the bar direct from a free kick, Albion’s travelling support were made to sweat until Olsen’s winner.
Finley said: “We should have had the game tied up as we missed three one-on-ones in the first five minutes.
“We had the wind and rain with us in the first half and at half-time I was just hoping that we weren’t going to be made to pay for those missed chances.
“But we worked ever so hard and got amongst them in the second half and although they hit the bar, I thought we still had the better chances.”
The victory lifted Witton off the foot of the table and above three of their relegation rivals. They are now just five points from a mid-table berth.
Witton visited Blue Square Premier side Altrincham last night in the Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final and this Saturday sees the visit of FC United of Manchester (3pm) who could boost the attendance at Wincham Park to more than 2,000.
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