WITTON Albion have released David Ness and another player will also leave Wincham Park this week.

Ness was among Jim Vince's first signings when he took over as manager last season, but the ex-Runcorn full back has been squeezed out by an abundance of defensive talent at Wincham park.

'I think the team has moved forward since I've signed him and I have to do what I think is right,' said Vince.

Albion have eight players for four or five positions, though the Chronicle understands it is an attacker who will be the next departure.

That will still leave Vince with room to sign another striker, though former Crewe Alex youngster Anthony Marshall is still fighting for a place in the squad.

Albion beat Barrow 3-0 at the weekend and were impressive in the first half.

'The signs are good,' said Vince, who switched to a 5-3-2 formation to give his side tactical flexibility.

He is unlikely to pursue his interest in former Wigan Athletic midfielder Greg Trainer or ex-Stafford Rangers full back Danny Smith, who have both played a part in pre-season preparations.

Albion are at Newcastle Town on Saturday, Middlewich on Tuesday and conclude the friendlies at Clitheroe next weekend.

Witton are seeking a sports physio to work with the first team and anyone interested can contact Vince on 07748367775.

* Wincham Park is to be renamed the Britannia Carpets Stadium. The London Road business, major backers of Northwich Vics for 10 years, won the right to put their name to the ground at last week's grand draw.