Witton Albion 6 Lincoln United 0
WITTON purged the memory of last week’s defeat by Fleetwood, on Saturday.
They reasserted their championship class to wash away Lincoln on a pitch which, by the rain soaked end, was fully under water.
At another time of the season the game might have started but probably would not have finished.
Passes were impossible to judge, tackles likewise. Not that Lincoln’s defence, as atrocious as the weather, got round to making too many tackles.
What’s more news from Fleetwood, who drew with Guiseley, puts Albion back in charge of their own title destiny.
New boy Junior Brown, on loan from Crewe Alex and another Gresty Road starlet in the making, scored in the 26th minute - a far post header after the ball from a concerted attack found its way out to Mark Peers, who provided the inch perfect cross.
Despite the conditions Witton played some good football in the first half and should have scored several more.
But it did not matter. Lincoln, who beat Witton 1-0 earlier in the season as they did last term, were in for a repeat thrashing of their last meeting at Wincham Park.
Dave MacPherson, whose strength was made for such conditions, emerged from a futile Lincoln attack to plonk a through ball on to the chest of Rod Thornley. His shot spun up off goalkeeper Leigh Walker’s legs and Warlow sidefooted home five minutes after the restart.
Warlow beat two men and then let Peers take over and the winger finish with a typical fierce drive in 66 minutes before rushing through himself on to another MacPherson prompt to make it 4-0 in the 74th minute.
Walker left him too big a target to miss and Warlow picked the same spot to complete his fifth hat-trick of the season after 77 minutes.
Lincoln were awful at the back and seemed to have given up entirely when Brian Pritchard was left unmarked to head in a simple goal from Steve Brodie’s corner two minutes later.
WITTON: Kennedy; Kearney (Lloyd 75), Barras, Pritchard, Brownhill; Peers (Brodie 73), A Brown, MacPherson, J Brown; Thornley (Rapley 73), Warlow.