DURING arguably their most attractive spell of football this season, which yielded four goals in 20 minutes, Witton appeared unstoppable.
Their opponents, Leek, certainly couldn’t halt their march to victory.
However an uncertain second-half showing, when their visitors were a man down following Ant Danylyk’s dismissal, left Albion manager Carl Macauley feeling frustrated.
His side had run out 5-2 victors, extending an unbeaten run in the Northern Premier League to 13 matches while preserving an unblemished record at Wincham Park.
But they survived a scare.
“We stopped playing,” he said.
“I wasn’t happy with our second-half performance, and we’re grateful to our goalkeeper for making an important save at 4-2.
“It could easily have changed the game, and we’d have found ourselves under pressure.
“The lads recognised that, and gave him a pat on the back in the dressing room.”
Witton’s first-half performance, when Will Jones’ double was sandwiched by goals for Rob Hopley and Paul Williams, had set them apart from their guests.
Macauley told the Guardian that was what his side look like at their best.
“We were unplayable,” he said.
“Our movement in the final third of the field was superb, and they had no answer – they couldn’t live with us.
“We were fluid, and gave them no fixed reference points.
“It’s great for me to see that understanding between the front players, and to see them making runs off each other.
“We had complete control.”
Replies for Leek from Rob Stevenson and Darren Chadwick, who converted a penalty, closed a gap between the teams before substitute Karl Noon settled the outcome.
It secured for Witton a sixth successive win in Division One South, although they remain nine points adrift of Shaw Lane after the leaders came from behind to beat Romulus.
Albion return to action on Thursday, when they visit 1874 Northwich in the Mid-Cheshire District FA Senior Cup semi-finals.
Rugby Town are their guests in a league fixture on Saturday.