The Non-League Football Paper - - NPL PREMIER - By Andy Simp­son

WITTON Al­bion will make a case they were due a stroke of for­tune that ended a wait to win a league fix­ture on home turf.

That won’t make Lee Beev­ers, Mat­lock Town’s full-back, feel any bet­ter though af­ter he di­verted the ball past his own goal­keeper.

Carl Ma­cauley’s men didn’t care, as they’ve waited two months to savour a suc­cess.

Backed by a strong wind, the hosts dom­i­nated the first-half.

Cap­tain Rob Ho­p­ley went clos­est to find­ing the net when he steered a header from Danny McKenna’s cross from the right against the cross­bar.

He had ear­lier been de­nied by Adam Yates’ bril­liant block when in shoot­ing stride while Will Jones headed too close to Gla­di­a­tors cus­to­dian Ross Dur­rant.

Mat­lock im­proved in the sec­ond-half af­ter fall­ing be­hind, and Al­bion de­fender Josh War­dle threw him­self in the path of Michael Hollingsworth’s goal­bound ef­fort.

The vis­i­tors were thwarted again when River Humphreys ad­justed his feet be­fore clear­ing spec­tac­u­larly off the goal-line to keep out Craig West­carr’s header.

Witton con­tin­ued to pose a threat too, and McKenna’s free-kick was fum­bled around an up­right by an un­cer­tain Dur­rant.

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