THE much maligned and downgraded Cheshire Senior Cup showed it can still serve up its share of romance, surprise and glory in a fairytale final at Altrincham's Moss Lane ground on Tuesday.
Witton, underdogs even if they had been able to field a full side, stitched together a team of borrowed players and reserves around a seam of regulars - six to be precise.
What's more, they only found out on the afternoon of the tie that loan goalkeeper Jon Worsnop was ineligible, so they issued a distress call to 18-year-old reserve Brett Walker.
Facing Middlewich Town had been as hard as it ever got for Walker but, against able Conference North opponents, he was a hero.
Not a bad way to make your debut. And not a bad way to make your comeback either, for Mark Jones, whose last start for the first team was in December, who scored the first goal.
Walker got a big safe pair of hands to early testing high balls into his goal-mouth, but was relieved when Barrie Keeling headed into the side netting.
In response, Mike Moseley brought an excellent save from Paul Pettinger in the 28th minute and Dave Whittaker curled a shot around the goalkeeper against the post.
They maintained the threat and in the 38th minute Jones reacted quickly when a Mark Peers corner evaded defenders to score from close range.
Not surprisingly Celtic stepped up the pace after the break and Albion were soon grateful to the alertness of Tom Spearitt and Liam Brownhill. When the shots did come, Walker was unfazed.
With 'Bridge committed to an attack Peers led a break down the right wing and his cross was skilfully clipped home from the tightest of angle by Moseley.
Walker punched a Matt Atkins effort clear and saved splendidly from Phil Eastwood and had to prevent a well intentioned back header by Gary Burke from entering his own net.
And amid his heroics there was some great defending too.
Witton, of course, wanted the ball at the other end and Andy Hurst went close in one pressure-relieving assault.
Put off by some awful results since Christmas. Albion's following was not as big as it might have been. They might have joined in a chorus of 'Who needs Mourinho, we've got Jim Vinceio,' with those who had not lost faith.
It was Albion's 11th Cheshire Senior Cup success and they picked up £1,500 in prize money from sponsors UniBond whose representative Brian Huxted and Rob Jenkins presented the trophy to Witton skipper Brian Pritchard. WITTON: Walker; Spearitt, Pritchard, Burke; Brownhill, Hall, Jones, Bailey, Peers; Whittaker (Hurst 85), Moseley.
Subs not used:Hughes, Avery.
Att: 427 Star Man: Brett Walker, dream debut Next Best: Dave Whittaker Team Rating: 5 Match Rating: 4