North Ferriby United 1 Witton Albion 2
ALBION picked up their second away victory in succession on Saturday due more to spirit than style.
While they shone at Prescot four days earlier, they were dour and determined in the shadow of the Humber Bridge.
Man of the match was Witton goalkeeper Greg Smith and there was some wholehearted defensive effort to help him out.
He produced a series of super saves, but only after he was beaten in the 15th minute by prolific marksman Gary Bradshaw.
It spurred Witton on and in 32 minutes Keiran Lugsden shielded the ball well and laid it back to Mark Drew who struck a blistering 25-yard shot that left custodian Mark Wilberforce clutching at thin air.
Two minutes later Witton were leading. Steve Settle tormented the defence and was brought down by Liam Chapman. Drew stepped up to hit the spot kick as powerfully as his long ranger.
Albion hardly got into Ferriby’s penalty area in the second half, the only real concern for Wilberforce being an attempt from the right by Ben Thornley that just curled outside the far post.
Their backs were largely clustered around their own goal and when tackles and saves were not enough the woodwork came to their rescue, Rob Northen the frustrated striker.
Albion’s win came at the expense of six bookings and an FA fine.
Witton: Smith G.; Schwarz, Pritchard, Coyne, Donnelly; Thornley B. (Gahgan 83), Willis, Drew, Smith S. (Skelton 77); Lugsden (Thornley R. 63), Settle.
Match Rating: 6/10