WITTON Albion gave it a good go before falling 1-0 at Basford United last night.

A second long trip in three days, taking on the second-placed Nottinghamshire side after the exertions of winning at table-toppers South Shields on Saturday, was always going to be a tall order.

In the end, a 62nd-minute header by Kane Richards from a free kick proved to be the only difference between the sides.

Carl Macauley's men had their chances to equalise, while minimising Basford's hopes of a second goal.

Second-half substitute Kyle Sambor, Adam Anson and Cessaire Lingouba all had efforts off target, while a goal-bound power drive by James Short brought the best out of home goalkeeper Keiran Preston.

Witton keeper Chris Renshaw had to be at his best before Basford finally got their noses in front.

After one of his saves he was rescued by Josh Wardle clearing the rebound off the line, and he was twice called on as half-time loomed.

His best effort saw him at full stretch to deny Callum Chettle in the 58th minute.

Albion will bid to return to winning ways when they host Stafford Rangers on Saturday, kick-off 3pm.