THE WITTON COLUMN – by Paul Harper

UNFORTUNATELY a frustrating period continues as we lost 3-1 at Gainsborough Trinity in the BetVictor Northern Premier League.

It was a fairly even encounter which Albion held their own in for large periods, but the hosts scored three really good goals including an incredibly fast counter attack which caught us out as we went in search of an equaliser.

As I spoke about last week, the management and players will be as disappointed as anybody with the current run of results. I know that they’ll be doing all they can to turn things around, and am confident that they will sooner rather than later.

Before this sticky patch, we were in really good form, and it might only take one result to go our way to turn the tide back in our favour.

We have a talented group of players and a talented management team, so I’m sure things will take an upward turn in the not too distant future.

It’s a home game against Atherton Collieries for us on Saturday. It’s our next chance to get back to winning ways, and with the great support from the fans, that will certainly help our cause.

Away from the first team, and our Under-21 side got a well-earned victory at the weekend over Knowsley South.

Our previous management team left the club over the festive period to join up with Barnton, and we wish them well, meaning we appointed Terry Smith and James Kane to oversee matters for our development squad. Welcome to the club, fellas!

The Knowsley game was their first competitive fixture in charge, after a friendly game the week before, and it was an excellent 3-1 victory at Moss Farm for the lads in the Northwest Under-21 Development League.

That results helps move us up the table a little and hopefully the lads can build on the good work moving forward in the coming weeks under the guidance of Terry and James.

We’ve seen a couple of lads make the step up from this squad into the first team, so the opportunities are there for the players to go and show what they can do and try and earn a chance to move into our senior side.