IT was a lousy Tuesday night for the town's football teams.

Witton Albion were defeated 3-2 at home by Lancaster City in the Northern Premier League Premier Division.

The visitors took a grip of the game with two goals in four minutes midway through the first half.

Will Sutton halved the deficit in the 66th minute but Sam Fishburn's second strike four minutes from time put the game out of Witton's reach.

A stunning 25-yard free kick from James Hooper after 90 minutes made Lancaster sweat in added time.

Carl Macauley's side, who drew at Gainsborough Trinity in the season's opener three days earlier, host South Shields on Saturday and then visit Radcliffe on Tuesday.

In the NPL West, 1874 Northwich were brought down to earth with a bump in a 3-0 home loss to Kidsgrove.

1874, who earned a dramatic last-ditch draw at Clitheroe in their first game at the higher level at the weekend, will be aiming to bounce back at Wythenshawe Town in the Emirates FA Cup preliminary round on Saturday.

Northwich Victoria, meanwhile, were on the end of back-to-back losses.

The 3-1 dip at Congleton Town in the North West Counties League Premier Division came after a 2-0 home defeat to Longridge Town, whom they had knocked out of the FA Cup a week earlier.

This Sunday Vics return to FA Cup action in the first preliminary round at home to Clitheroe.

Barnton have suffered most, with the 6-0 drubbing at West Didsbury and Chorlton in the North West Counties First Division South following up Saturday's 3-2 home slide to Ellesmere Rangers.

They will host New Mills on Saturday.