ALBION boss Jim Vince hopes his side may have turned the corner and are on the way out of their mid-season slump - just in time for a clash with their old foes.
Though his much-changed team slumped to a 3-1 defeat at Guiseley on Saturday, Vince was delighted with the performance, and says they could, possibly should, have come away with all three points.
'We played very well - the performance was the best in the last five or six weeks and for 70 minutes we were dominant. We just lacked a bit of a cutting edge and we had a blip for a 10-minute spell when we lost the game.
'But I was really pleased that the players responded in the way we wanted and we are taking heart as the lads are beginning to gel.'
'Other sides in the play-off places are only picking up the odd points here and there. We have had a blip - now we need to see if we can put a run together.'
Vince was hoping that run will have begun against Marine at the GMB Stadium last night, before his side face a trip to Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.
Former boss Gary Finley and assistant Lee Coathup quit in the aftermath of a quite unbelievable clash between the two sides earlier in the season when an incredible chain of events saw nine-man Witton lose out in the final seconds of a match that had suffered a 45-minute delay to the second half following a serious incident in the players' tunnel as the teams went off at half-time.
Park Avenue refused to take the field again after the break following an incident between Anton Lally and Greg Challender. When the game eventually got underway, Albion then had central defenders Brian Pritchard and Tom Spearritt controversially dismissed.
But Vince insists that should have no bearing on this weekend's game.
'There is some history between the teams but our side will be much-changed from that game so I am expecting them just to concentrate on playing football.'
Vince will be running the rule over four or five trailists as Witton play a friendly against Nantwich Town Reserves tonight.