“MAN-FOR-MAN, I thought we were better than the opposition.”

That was Witton Albion boss Carl Macauley’s verdict as his side put the brakes on Hyde United’s excellent start to the season on Tuesday night.

James Short and Danny McKenna were on target in a 2-0 win at Wincham Park as Albion made it two wins from two on home soil this season.

Hyde arrived having won four of their first five games, but Macauley says there was only one team worthy of the points on this occasion.

“We created more chances and limited them to very little in front of our goal, apart from Chris Renshaw having to make one very good save,” he said.

“Danny McKenna got among the goals again and it was good to see James Short get up the pitch and get a goal. I thought we were in control of the game.

“I felt very comfortable on the sidelines and I thought it was a fantastic display.

“We knew they would be a threat as they have some fantastic players, but it was about how we limited that threat.

“We did really well in that department and the clean sheet was a reward for that.”

Albion had to wait only 11 minutes for their opening goal as Jack Byrne's deep right-wing cross found fellow full-back Short, who cut inside to curl home a low effort.

Chris Renshaw was forced into a save when Tom Pratt found himself in space in the area, but that was as good as it got for the Tigers as they struggled to break Witton's defence down.

McKenna added the finishing touches with six minutes left, sliding the ball past the keeper after James Murray had charged down an attempted clearance.

Witton: Renshaw, Byrne (Sorensen), Short, Wardle, Anson, Goulding, McKenna, Smart, Lingouba, Jones (Hawley), Murray (Edwards). Subs not used: Hassan, Neild