WITTON'S goal-den touch failed to return and they bowed out of the UniBond League Cup semi-finals at a windswept Highbury Stadium on Saturday.
They were the team that could not stop scoring until their attack stuttered in defeat at Ashton and ground to a complete halt at Fleetwood.
Albion dominated play from defence through to midfield, but in the final third of the pitch they created little.
For what they lacked in overall ability Fleetwood made up for with a gutsy long-ball approach which hardly let the Albion back four take a breather.
Albion's first chance came in seven minutes when a corner fell to Mike Moseley, but he fired over the bar.
Fleetwood scored what was to be the winning goal in the 14th minute when a long clearance fell to the diminutive Matthew Saunders. He scampered upfield and fed Phil Denney who fired across stand-in goalkeeper Mark Cartwright into the far corner of the net.
Adam Warlow and Mark Peers led Witton's response. The former helped the latter into a scoring position and then they reversed the roles, but their shooting and control let them down.
Saunders brought a good save from Cartwright on the half-hour and the home side came close again before the break when a 30-yarder by Nathan Pond whistled just wide.
Albion strung together the game's best move upon half-time. Warlow was at the start and the finish, being brought back into play again by the passes of Rob Lloyd and Steve Connors, but he was off target.
Liam Brownhill shot wide and goalkeeper Danny Hurst denied Lloyd as Albion increased the pressure after the break.
Saunders was a danger on the break. He brought a parry from Cartwright and would have done better with his second chance, but for Brian Pritchard on the line.
Griff Jones, with an overhead kick, and Connors both shot wide in later chances for Albion. But they were not heart-stopping moments for Fleetwood who held out for victory.
Witton: Cartwright; Spearritt, Barras, Pritchard, Brownhill; Peers, Brown, Lloyd, Connors; Moseley (Jones 58), Warlow.
Star Man: Brian Pritchard, resilient under pressure
Next Best: Liam Brownhill
Team Rating: 2
Match Rating: 3