Witton Albion manager Brian Pritchard hailed his side's solidity following friendly win against Chester

Brian Pritchard is happy with Witton Albion's progress so far during pre-season

Brian Pritchard is happy with Witton Albion's progress so far during pre-season

First published in Sport Northwich Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Sports Writer

BRIAN Pritchard praised his side’s discipline in defence following a 2-1 win against Chester in their latest friendly on Saturday.

Witton scored twice in the first half, when Danny Andrews and Neil Harvey finished stylishly, before shutting out their guests until five minutes from time when Craig Mahon blasted in.

“They found it difficult to break us down,” said Albion’s manager afterwards.

“I’m happy with how we defended, particularly as the back four has worked hard to improve.

“[Goalkeeper] Chris Sanna proved how capable he is with the saves he made, while Cliff Moyo was excellent again as he was against Telford last week.

“His form is going to give me a big headache when it comes to picking the team in the weeks to come, but I encourage that.

“The signs are that he’s ready to fulfil the potential we knew he had when we signed him – he’s returned for pre-season fit and with a hunger to get better.”

Witton attacked infrequently, but when they did they converted the chances they created.

Andrews’ shot on the turn – placed perfectly with power into the top corner – put them ahead before Harvey’s fierce effort provided a worthy finishing touch to an incisive move involving Iain Howard and Scott Bakkor.

After a third successive pre-season victory, two of those against opponents who will be playing in the Football Conference’s National division this season, he insists there is still work to do.

He said: “It’s a lift to the players when they win games like this, and I’m sure there are people have taken note that we’ve beaten the sides we have in the past week.

“I’ve asked for consistency, and so far I’ve seen it.

“The next challenge is whether the players adopt the same attitude at Runcorn [Town] on Tuesday. That’s the test I’ll set them.

“They sensed a weakness down the sides of Chester’s defence and exploited it on both flanks, where I think we got a lot of joy.

“We’re where I want us to be in our preparation, but there are still three weeks left until the first game.

“That’s when we need to be ready, not just yet.”

Witton visit Runcorn Town on Tuesday, kick off 7.30pm.

To read a report on yesterday's match, click here: http://bit.ly/1khFQz7

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4:05pm Mon 28 Jul 14

WHS says...

Very impressed but can we afford all these very good players? Is there no one in the town who will put a decent amount of money into a very well run family club? How about it one of you big supermarkets?
Alan Lowe.
Very impressed but can we afford all these very good players? Is there no one in the town who will put a decent amount of money into a very well run family club? How about it one of you big supermarkets? Alan Lowe. WHS
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