JON Worsnop was about to shoulder the blame for defeat when he headed straight into a sensational finish, at Wincham Park on Saturday.
The goalkeeper had presented Guiseley with their second goal - and was having a truly awful time - but launched himself into a desperate gamble to save a point.
Albion won an 88th-minute corner and Worsnop belted upfield. Tom Spearitt played the ball short to Chris Gaghan who swung over a centre and Worsnop outjumped a surprised Danny Ellis to send a thumping header soaring into the net from 15 yards.
He celebrated with a roly-poly on the half-way line and must have still been dizzy seconds later for he fluffed a Richard Dunning corner and only the presence of Liam Brownhill on the line prevented a dramatic winner for Scott Jackson.
In the 62nd minute Worsnop let a routine diagonal free kick by Dunning slip from his grasp and Jackson shot home.
And following a towering far-post header by Marc Smith in the 37th minute, Guiseley looked home and dry.
But Witton suddenly found the drive in adversity they had previously been missing.
Manager Jim Vince had tried a 4-4-1-1 formation with Adam Foy making his first appearance since breaking a leg in November as the man behind striker Adam Warlow.
It was to no good effect and Albion then tried Mark Peers alongside Warlow in a standard 4-4-2 line-up. Within two minutes Albion had reduced the arrears.
Gaghan whipped around full back Neil Gray-ston and played a low ball to Warlow which he instantly hit into the roof of the net.
Warlow missed another Gaghan inspired chance moments later and Witton reshuffled again sending Brian Pritchard up front, and then again by reverting to three at the back.
They deserved a draw and perhaps more from a game that lacked the power one might expect from likely promotion rivals.
But their football was always neat and tidy even if it did lack impact.
Gaghan provided penetration, Tony Barras displayed his expertise at the back while Mark Jones and Alex Brown operated cleverly in midfield. Albion had their injury problems and found the unlikeliest of heroes to see them over a crisis, albeit one he helped create.
WITTON: Worsnop; Spearitt, Pritchard, Barras, Hockenhull (Alistair Brown 84); Peers (Hendricks 71), Jones, Alex Brown, Gaghan; Foy (Brownhill 66); Warlow.