THE WITTON COLUMN - By Paul Harper, club media officer

THE weather beat us again last weekend as our away fixture at Stalybridge Celtic was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch at the Bower Fold.

It’s been a frustrating couple of weekends without any games, but, thankfully, I wasn’t dragged around the Trafford Centre this time around, so that was a bonus!

Thursday was a busy day at the club as we announced a couple of new signings and the rearrangement of our Mid-Cheshire Senior Cup tie against 1874. So, I’m going to let you into a day in the life of the club’s media officer.

Managing the social media channels for the club, new signings mean getting graphics in place, finding out some details about the player in question, building a little bit of anticipation before announcing them when we believe will be effective in terms of engagement.

Forward James Hooper has joined Albion from Altrincham on dual registration. I found out about this late on Wednesday, so I searched the internet for as much relevant information about him and set everything up for an early Thursday morning announcement at 8am, for those checking their phones while eating breakfast or on their morning commute.

I then managed to grab a few words with James, which formed part of the announcement news article I put together for the club’s website.

Later in the morning, I was informed of another incoming player, defender Tyrone Duffus. The same process as before begins, with an announcement set up for 1.30pm, to hit the lunchtimers (I think I may have invented that word!).

Again, posts go up on social media and I write a news piece for the website.

A fairly busy first half of the day, it’s going to get quieter, right? Wrong! My phone goes again to inform me of a new date for our Mid-Cheshire District FA Senior Cup semi-final against 1874 Northwich.

Once more, it’s adding posts to our social media channels and another website post written to keep our supporters informed.

That was my Thursday last week, all in a day’s work. All good, though.

The two new players are exciting additions to the squad. James has Football League experience with both Rochdale and Carlisle, while Tyrone began his career at Everton. I’m looking forward to seeing them both in a Witton jersey.

Assuming the weather doesn’t cancel our plans for a third weekend in a row, Albion are back on home ground this Saturday when we play host to Basford United at Wincham Park, 3pm kick-off. It would be good to see as many of you there as possible as we look to move up the table again.

Oh, and that new date for the Mid-Cheshire District FA Senior Cup semi-final against 1874 Northwich – that’s now set for Tuesday, March 10, kick-off 7.45pm at Wincham Park. You may recall the original planned meeting was called off due to Storm Dennis.