WITTON goalkeeper Paul Gibson was the most inactive player on the field in the freezing North East on Saturday.
He had to keep himself warm, while opposite number Craig Turns was busy and brilliant throughout.
Yet the result went the other way. Not for the first time this season Albion dominated the game without finishing the chances.
John Stannard, Jordan King and Micky Mellon all went close in the first 15 minutes when Albion kicked into the northerly wind.
Disaster then struck in the 29th minute when a routine clearance by Adam Farley saw the defender slip over and present Scott Bell with the ball. Gibson looked to have the shot covered but the ball struck the heel of Gareth Evans, when he made a despairing attempt to block, and curled past Albion's keeper.
Witton should have equalised five minutes later when Gary Furnival adjudged the wind speed perfectly when crossing to the far post. Possibly Lee Spike's presence put off Adam Foy and instead of blasting into a gaping net his header went across the face of goal.
The miss proved to be crucial as Blyth's next attack brought them their second goal. With Witton's de-fence expecting an offside flag to be raised, Bell advanced and Gibson did well to push the ball for a corner. Graham Fenton's flag kick fell nicely into the path of Peter Snowdon who headed powerfully home.
Albion were encamped in the Blyth half after the break. Ryan Baker's introduction gave them a better right side outlet and Stannard had gone close before, on 65 minutes, Fenton welcomed Michael Yates to the game by slapping him in the face right in front of an assistant referee. An instant red card and a minute later Witton were back in the game.
Moseley, again producing brilliant approach work, spotted Yates unmarked at the far post. Having drawn the keeper he crossed but it was to be Spartan's own substitute Gareth Williams whose bizarre attempt to get back and clear the ball saw him lash the ball against the post and into the net.
WITTON: Gibson; Evans (Yates 60), Farley, Pritchard, Furnival; Foy, King (Baker 54), Mellon, Stannard; Moseley, Spike.
Attendance: 275. Star Man: Micky Mellon, beginning to show Football League class. Next Best: Gary Furnival. Team Rating: 3. Match Rating: 3.