4:37pm Wednesday 25th September 2013
By Andrew Simpson
BRIAN Pritchard says he was happy as he could be after a defeat following Witton’s latest loss in the Premier Division at home to title hopefuls Fylde last night, Tuesday.
Albion failed to score in successive league matches for the first time during his tenure, but the manager was encouraged by an improved attitude among the group during a 1-0 reverse.
“I’m heartened,” he said.
“The players showed a desire that has been missing previously, and it feels as if we’re moving in the right direction again.
“It was nice to hear the applause of our fans, who obviously appreciated the effort that they saw out on the pitch. Of course, that approach has to be there in every game we play from now on.”
Witton have picked up a single point from the past 15 on offer, a sequence that leaves them fifth bottom of the table ahead of this weekend’s trip to Stocksbridge Park Steels.
They remained in the contest against the Coasters, who made save maximum points thanks to Danny Lloyd’s goal before the break.
Though his side spent longer on the ball and more time in their opponent’s half of the field, Pritchard admitted that Fylde custodian Ben Hinchliffe had not been tested.
He added: “We enjoyed a lot of possession, but still lacked a cutting edge or that bit of composure that’s needed when making a decision in the final third.
“I felt that we started brightly, and for the first half an hour supported well Chris Luby in attack. Fylde pushed us back after that, scoring not long afterwards.
“The goal was avoidable, because the pass to their scorer could have been cut out before it reached him.
“It might prove to be an important three points for them in the final reckoning, though for us we were able to use the game as a barometer of our progress.”
Witton defeated Fylde at the same stage last season, winning 2-1 at Kellamergh Park in round 10 to move onto 18 points.
Their tally at the same stage this time is less than half of that though.
Pritchard said: “Fylde set the standard, and I think they’re equipped to finally be promoted this time around.
“We scored more points than they did last season, and won more matches too. The challenge now is for us to reach those standards again.”
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