THE importance of James Lawrie's winning goal for Witton Albion against Prescot Cables will only become clear in the coming weeks.

Former Northern Ireland international Lawrie, 32, scored straight from a corner in the 60th minute to seal a 1-0 success at the U Lock It Stadium.

His second goal of the season, after having rejoined the club in January, puts Witton on the verge of the play-off places, pulling them level with fifth-placed Clitheroe on points but leaving them sixth on goal difference.

Clitheroe were defeated 2-1 at Trafford, who will be the next visitors to Witton on Saturday, March 18.

Albion's win keeps up the charge towards the play-offs, with Witton now unbeaten in five matches.

After losing a few bodies of late, they have brought in fresh blood and all three of this week's new signings featured against Prescot.

Ryan Baxter started up front. He caught the eye last month when he scored for Newcastle Town against Albion and he has decided his immediate future now lies under Jon Macken.

Fellow new arrivals Liam Kennington and Ben Hough were called on for duty off the bench against Prescot.

Ex-Crewe Alexandra and Everton player Kennington is a young midfielder signed from Runcorn Town on duel registration.

Midfielder Hough is on board on loan from Ashton United until the end of the season. His previous clubs include Oldham Athletic and Warrington Town.

Elsewhere, 1874 Northwich's trip to Ramsbottom United was postponed due to a snow covered pitch.

Meanwhile, Winsford United drew 3-3 at home to North West Counties Premier Division bottom side Ashton Athletic.

They led, came from behind to go in front again but then conceded three minutes into stoppage time to end up with a share of the spoils.

Daniel Boden put Blues in front after nine minutes but Zach Conway (40) and Darren Brannigan (60) gave the visitors the edge.

Lee Duckworth's side responded with a leveller from Dylan McMahon (68) and then went in front 3-2 courtesy of Benjamin Chesters (76).

Brannigan was on the money late on with his second goal for Athletic.

Winsford return to action at Charnock Richard on Tuesday.

In the First Division South, Barnton were 2-1 home victors over Maine Road thanks to goals from Sam Smith (28) and Jack Taylor (88).

Northwich Victoria play host to FC Isle of Man at the U Lock It Stadium today, Sunday, kick-off 2pm.

Steve Wilkes' men can return to fourth in the Premier Division table with a draw or win.

They go into the contest on the back of a 1-0 loss at Litherland REMYCA on Wednesday.