SCUFFLES between opposing players broke after the final whistle, creating an hitherto unknown excitement to Saturday's punchless encounter at Wincham Park.
In fairness to both teams, they found the conditions difficult. It cannot be easy switching from the soft grounds of winter to the bone-hard surface at the first appearance of spring sunshine.
A good game under those circumstances was never likely. What was offered was awful and nothing could fully excuse that.
There were few incidents which might have inspired the rousing finale and one was at a loss to know from where such passion had suddenly erupted. Tackles had got a little sharper and one or two seemed to be losing patience with referee Mark Hughes, but nothing to suggest tempers were to boil over.
But as the players left for the dressing rooms they clashed in the tunnel and spilled on to the pitch again. There was a lot of finger jabbing threats and people holding other people back and eventually officials restored order and the teams went their separate ways.
Mr Hughes, who had not had a good game, took the blame from the fans.
It was something and nothing. Not good for Witton's reputation and they will be anxious to read what Mr Hughes reports, but it was also controlled and did not end in violence.
The game itself ended seven minutes later than scheduled, after a delay when linesman Bob Bartley was taken ill and Albion director Graham Edge-ley stood in.
The goal came on 38 minutes. Ryan Baker showed excellent control and an eye for the through ball, which set Lee Spike off in pursuit. He lost out to goalkeeper Simon Corbett, but the ball ran loose to Adam Foy whose first-time shot from 35 yards found the unguarded net. He tried another from distance in the second half and other attempts of variable standard came from Spike, Mike Moseley and Micky Mellon.
Bishops went close only once, when Adam Farley dealt with a firm Steve Bell header on the goal-line.
WITTON: Gibson; Farley, Pritchard, Furnival, Evans (Tickle 56); Baker (Stannard 65), Foy, Mellon, King; Moseley, Spike. Att: 227 Star Man: Ryan Baker, skills beat the conditions Next Best: Adam Foy Team Rating: 2 Match Rating: 1