WITTON Albion picked up another hard-earned point on the road as they came away from Lancaster City with a 1-1 draw.

After going behind to a Paul Dawson penalty just before half time, Witton battled back to secure a share of the spoils courtesy of a James Foley strike with 19 minutes remaining.

Carl Macauley gave a debut to new loan signing from Crewe Alexandra Travis Johnson, while Foley and Billy Smart returned to the starting XI having been substitutes in the Mid-Cheshire District FA Senior Cup semi-final win over 1874 Northwich in midweek.

There were chances at both end in the first half, with James Hooper having a couple of goalscoring opportunities for the Albion, but Lancaster broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time.

The goal came from the penalty spot after Jack Armer was brought down inside the area.

Dawson stepped up from 12 yards and this time, Chris Renshaw was unable to keep the ball out as the Lancaster man fired home from the spot.

Witton began the second half strongly and forced the home defence under some pressure, but Josh Wardle almost doubled the Dolly Blues' advantage but his header thankfully went over the bar.

Kyle Sambor replaced Isaac Baldwin with half an hour left on the clock as Albion altered formation to push for a leveller.

It could have been 2-0 when Brad Carsley nodded wide with the goal at his mercy, and Witton made him pay for that miss with an equaliser soon after.

Debutant Johnson fired in a superb cross and Foley was on hand to fire home from close range.

Carsley headed wide once more as neither side could muster a winner and had to settle for a point apiece.

Albion are next in action on Tuesday evening, on the road again, with a trip to Atherton Collieries, kick-off 7:45pm.

Witton Albion: Renshaw, Baldwin, Short (Sambor), Wardle, Duffus, Johnson, McKenna, Owens, Hooper, Smart, Foley. Subs not used: Ryan, Booth, Byrne, Neild.

Report by Paul Harper