AFTER beating the best team in the league Witton reverted to the struggles new boss Gary Finley was drafted in to correct, at Wincham Park on Saturday.
Given their excellent home record they seem to be in a rut of winning, but not winning well, their triumph over Workington aside.
Lowly Frickley had far too much say in a disjointed game that neither pleased the new management team nor the fans. But points are points and Albion are even more firmly established as contenders for the play-offs now.
Their promising start was capped in the 22nd minute by a goal from Andy Barlow.
The young midfielder had already shown willing with two worthwhile goal attempts before he headed them into the lead. Lee Madin's driven corner found everyone immobile but Barlow who powered home an unchallenged header.
Frickley's one-time Lebanese international Wael Nazha went just wide as the visitors clambered into contention. He went on to threaten Albion several times and had two shots which Paul Gibson had to be alert to handle.
With Steve Kennedy thumping a volley against a post 10 minutes after the break things were clearly not right with Albion.
They were not decisive enough at times in defence, but their biggest fault was one of panic. Nobody felt assured enough to get the ball under control and look to play a good pass, especially on those occasions of turning defence into attack.
Too many forward balls were played quick and in a general or hopeful direction when there was simply no need to rush. Ryan Baker looked to have the necessary skills now he has been switched to the flank but needs to be brought into the game more.
The malaise which afflicted Witton under John Davison has not yet been shooed from Wincham Park.
But all's well that ends well and Witton thought they had brought the contest to an end when a quick, telling move came off.
Gareth Evans shipped the ball forward to Mike Yates who played it beyond the centre backs for Mike Moseley to stride through and whack home his 98th Witton goal beyond 40-year-old goalkeeper Gary Ingham.
However, a wider gap did not bring complete safety for in the 83rd minute Stuart Preston beat the offside trap and reached Kennedy's punt before the ball fell to Paul Gibson at the side of the box. Despite the angle he finished without hesitation but the outcome was not in doubt as Frickley did not manage another attack and Witton went closest to scoring in the final minutes when Adam Foy's header from a Baker free-kick went wide.
WITTON: Gibson; Evans, Pritchard, Furnival, Tickle; Baker, Foy, Barlow, Stannard; Madin (Yates 58), Moseley.
Att: 240 Star Man: Gareth Evans, urged the attack.
Next Best: John Stannard. Team Rating: 2.
Match Rating: 2.