WITTON, perhaps fortunately, saved their worst performance of the season so far for the most distant ground, in Cumbria, on Saturday.
Perhaps half a busload of supporters made the journey and those that braved the foul weather were fuming at the performance of most of the team, although the displays of Darrell Dicken and Mike Moseley were in stark contrast. Dicken was outstanding but his industry and skill failed to inspire his team-mates, while Moseley fought a lone battle up front.
The results and over-elaborate performance threw the futures of several players in doubt.
At 8.30am, Albion were warned to expect a postponement; then they were advised to travel and upon their arrival, Workington boss Tommy Cassidy informed them the referee had declared one more heavy shower and the game was off.
Fortunately - or unfortunately as it turned out - the rain was light, but the players still took the field in bitter cold and a swirling wind. Workington were without four regulars and had cancelled two training sessions for a lack of enough fit men.
Witton goalkeeper Paul Gibson was in action in only the second minute when he produced a flying save from Glen Murray. The visitors responded via Dicken, whose curling cross just evaded the outstretched toes of Moseley as he slid into the danger zone.
But from then on, Albion came under prolonged spells of pressure and, in the 23rd minute, at the end of a quick succession of corners, Richard Ennis slipped the ball to Steve Archibald, who finished with the precision of his more illustrious namesake of the 1970s.
But he was not quite so sharp in 36 minutes, when Gibson gathered the ball and then somehow let it slip from his grasp, and Archibald shot wide in his surprise.
As the end of the half neared, Witton ventured forward and Moseley ought to have shot when he received a pass at the far post in space, but he opted instead to check and play the ball back into the middle. It produced a pinball effect in the box and Dave Nolan managed to get a shot in, but without the power to do any harm.
After coming good towards the break and surviving against the wind without too much damage, Albion turned round in optimism. They had two or three attacks, but when veteran goalkeeper Kevin Wolff saved from Moseley, he quickly cleared the ball upfield and Murray crossed for Archibald, who burst through a static Albion defence to shoot past Gibson.
Witton heads dropped immediately and three minutes later, Gary Furnival, struggling at left-back, was at fault for Matt Henney's goal. And in 67 minutes, Ennis let fly and scored the goal of the game, albeit with the aid of a slight deflection.
There was time for Workington to punish a hapless Albion further, but they felt they had done enough and relaxed. Wolff saved under the crossbar from Moseley, with Dicken again the instigator in the closing stages.
WITTON: Gibson; Sandeman, Pritchard, Barlow, Furnival; Dicken, Mallinson (Eaton 58), Foy, Nolan (Pavey 74); Moseley, Sargeson (McCoy 58). Att: 218 Star man: Darrell Dicken, a winner among losers Next Best: Mike Moseley Team Rating: 1 Match Rating: 3