Al­bion show bite to hang on

The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Phil Chadwick

WITTON AL­BION 1 LAN­CASTER CITY 0

AL­BION had to pro­duce a tremen­dous rear­guard ac­tion, play­ing with ten men, to de­fend their lead for over an hour as they play catch-up in their league pro­gramme.

The only goal of the game came in the 16th minute when on-loan debu­tant Liam Goulding saw his near post at­tempt cleared off the line, the ball ar­riv­ing at Jay Fo­ley’s feet out on the left and his cross was ri­fled home by cap­tain Rob Ho­p­ley.

Both Fo­ley and Ho­p­ley then saw their ef­forts pro­duce cor­ner kicks. Fol­low­ing the lat­ter on the half hour mark, Billy Smart went down with a de­fender and at first there didn’t ap­pear to be a prob­lem. How­ever claims from the vis­i­tors, al­legedly for bit­ing, saw ref­eree Kris­tian Sil­cock pro­duce a red card for Smart whilst cau­tion­ing City’s Glenn Steel.

A fur­ther al­ter­ca­tion five min­utes from the break fur­ther in­censed the home bench and most of the crowd when Craig Stan­ley was only booked for tak­ing Will Jones out of the game.

Thank­fully in the sec­ond pe­riod foot­ball pre­vailed with Lan­caster launch­ing at­tack af­ter at­tack.

But they could not find a way through and Witton held on to claim all three points.

STAR MAN: Liam Goulding (Witton) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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