Witton Albion 4 North Ferriby United 2
IT was all about Adam Warlow at Wincham Park on Saturday.
None of the other Albion players did well enough to share in the striker’s glory.
Warlow not only scored his fourth hat-trick in seven weeks, but it was one to delight the purists. The goals were superbly taken – with his head, his right foot and then his left.
SPARE A THOUGHT: North Ferriby, playing miles better than their second from bottom position suggested, deserved a draw at least.
They had their own sharpshooter, too. Gary Bradshaw netted twice and could have had more. He kept popping up at the end of through balls the wrong side of the Albion defence as if he was invisible.
WINNING NUMBERS: After scoring two in his first 14 games of the season Warlow has now claimed 15 in 10, including four hat-tricks.
In the 11th minute Cavell Coo and Rod Thornley made space with their passes to set Mark Peers off down the right wing like a hare at a greyhound track. With a beautiful flow to the move he crossed for the inrushing Warlow to head home.
In the 37th minute when Warlow came out of aerial challenge in control of the ball. He held off Paul Foot to blast the ball into the far side of the net with his right foot. And as half-time neared he took a short pass from Peers, sidestepped two defenders and struck another 18 yarder into the same spot with the same certainty with his left.
REPLY AND LAST WORD: Bradshaw netted on 39 and 46 minutes and the issue remained in doubt until injury time when Dave MacPherson relieved pressure on the defence and set Rob Thornley goalward with the same long pass.
Ferriby was undermanned and Thornley clipped the ball past the advancing Antoni Pecora.
Witton: Kennedy; Coo (Spearritt 72), Kearney, Pritchard, Brownhill; Wilson (Wood 58), Lloyd, MacPherson, Peers (Brodie 82); Warlow, Thornley.
Match Rating: 7/10.