WHETHER it was coincidence or not - coming immediately after John Davison's sacking - Witton turned in arguably their most entertaining performance for 12 months on Saturday.
Still, all they achieved was a fighting exit from the FA Trophy and one wonders whether 'boring' Davison might have engineered a 1-0 win which the fans would have preferred.
But without doubt there was more entertainment - more shots on goal, more spirit and attacking style from Witton - than for many months.
And had Davison's Albion been beaten then it would have been a dour and stubborn defeat. As if to signal a new regime, Albion created the first chance with Mike Moseley benefiting from the type of through ball he rarely sees, placed into his stride by Dave Nolan. But he struck goalkeeper Craig Turns' legs with his shot.
And then the Spartans swept into the lead with goals in nine and 13 minutes. Paul Gibson was at fault in letting Steve Harrison's shot slither through to Andy Appleby for a goalline touch and then ex-Aston Villa man Graham Fenton netted when Steve Preen's simple pass opened the way to goal for him.
Blyth, under new boss Harry Dunn, are no mean side and resisted Witton's attempts to get back into the game well.
It was Brian Pritchard who came closest before the break for Witton, smashing a low drive which Turns shovelled away for a corner. Blyth were still dangerous and a shot by Harrison rose off John Stannard and clipped the top of the crossbar.
A Moseley header from a Stannard cross after the resumption hit an upright, but it was the introduction of Mike Yates and Ryan Baker which breathed new life into Witton.
Trouble was, it was after Appleby had driven home a 50-yard pass by Andy Leeson, which had escaped Pritchard, to put Blyth three up.
Yates stung Turns' fingers and then Moseley put another oneon-one chance wide. Turns saved a Pritchard header and in 79 minutes, a Yates corner was half-cleared to Simon Burton, who walloped the ball into the roof of the net.
Mike Bird flashed in a shot which Turns struggled to hold and Moseley was booked for dis-sent when he was denied a penalty after Harrison appeared to trip him. Burton and Barlow kept Blyth worried and in the 89th minute, the briefest hope flickered when Dave Tickle's cross to the far post was headed home by Moseley. But time quickly ran out.
WITTON: Gibson; Evans, Pritchard, Furnival, Tickle; Madin (Yates 58), Barlow, Nolan (Baker 58), Stannard (Bird 67); Moseley, Burton.
Att: 250 Star Man: Brian Pritchard, led by example Next Best: Gareth Evans Team rating: 3 Match Rating: 4