WITTON rejoined the dozen clubs with a passport to the UniBond Premier Division with their first win in eight games on Saturday.
And their double achievement, modest though it was, came after they were reduced to 10 men.
Gary Furnival was sent off in the 29th minute, somewhat unjustly having clearly dispossessed his alleged victim with a perfect tackle. Runcorn referee Steve Turner, who had himself been floored accidentally moments before, saw James Slomka fall over Furnival and reckoned it to be a professional foul.
The red card galvanised Witton, who withdrew Andy Barlow from his mid-field role to centre-back and carried on regardless.
Recent signing from Skelmersdale Gary Evans replaced Brad Sandeman at right-back and Danny Salt made his long-awaited debut after signing six weeks ago. Before the finish, new striker Mike Yates entered the fray and in his first five minutes as a Witton player, he had three shots at goal, hitting the bar with one.
Manager John Davison asked Darrell Dicken to partner Mike Moseley up front and, between them, they provided the two best performances of the afternoon. Again Dicken outshone everyone, his cut-and-dash style being a constant source of hope to Albion.
Witton had already put two good attacks together before Dave Nolan, enjoying a free role on the left flank, played an excellent pass inside for Moseley to run through unchallenged and beat Matthew Parry.
The former Northwich Vics keeper was lucky nine minutes later when his clearance of an Andy Porter back-pass struck Dicken and bounced back into his arms.
A minute later, Witton showed hesitation in the right of defence and Matthew Johnson pounced, equalising with a shot across the front of keeper Paul Gibson.
When Witton lost Furnival, it looked as if the tide had turned Bay's way, but they quickly adapted and gave as good as they got until deep into the second half, when they were fortunate that Joe McMahon hit a post and Brian Pritchard nodded the rebound into Gibson's clutches.
Dicken hit the woodwork at the other end before creating the winning goal.
He dashed down the right and whipped in a shot which Parry parried into the path of the onrushing Moseley.
After that, Albion could have raced to a bigger score, with new man Yates thwarted by Parry and the woodwork, as well as shooting wide and being well positioned when the final attack of the day petered out.