WITTON Albion have taken three points from two hellishly tough fixtures over the weekend – something boss Carl Macauley is more than happy with.

Albion faced the BetVictor Northern Premier League Premier Division's top two sides within 48 hours of each other, both away from home.

They were beaten 1-0 at second-place Basford United on Monday evening which followed Saturday's dramatic 2-1 win at league leaders South Shields.

Macauley said Monday's trip to Nottingham was always going to be a difficult one physically for his side but despite the result, he was pleased with what he saw in the second half.

"If you look at those games, we would have been happy with two points from six." he said.

"It was a massively difficult weekend with games away from home against the top two so to get three points from the two is very good.

"We’ll definitely settle for that.

"It’s always difficult to go away with one day of recovery, never mind playing a team second in the league.

"We’ve changed the formation to freshen things up and in the first half, they were better than us. They had more possession and much better in the final third.

"We changed things up in the second half and got at them a bit and we looked much better in possession."

Witton looked set for defeat on Saturday at Mariners Park until MJ Monaghan and Kyle Sambor both scored in injury time to turn the game completely on its head and complete a league double over South Shields.

Macauley was full of praise for the way his side refused to allow their hosts to dominate possession as they have become accustomed to.

"We were good on the day and made ourselves hard to beat," he said.

"We posed a big threat in terms of pressing right up against them and not given them time to play.

"They’re probably one of the best footballing sides in the league so if you’re going to stand off them and give them time and space to play, they will do.

"It was important that we got at them and imposed ourselves upon them. That’s what we did and we got our rewards for it."