WITTON Albion pulled off a great win at Avro FC, while 1874 Northwich’s losing sequence continued at home to high-flying Prescot Cables.

Albion climbed three places to ninth, leaving them just three points outside of the Northern Premier League West play-offs places, thanks to their 1-0 success against their fourth-place opponents in Oldham.

Harry Brazel is popping up with some useful goals lately and he was the one to net what proved to be the winner in the 13th minute.

His strike was a low one from the edge of the area.

Witton were also grateful to some fine goalkeeping from Ollie Martin, with an attempt from the dangerous Hawley bringing out the best in him in the 33rd minute.

Hawley went on to hit the crossbar early in the second period.

Magnificent Martin somehow kept out a stunning volley from Harrop in the 71st minute and was alert again moments later with another stunning save to prevent a goal-bound header from reaching its destination.

The attacking purple patch continued for Avro but another Martin save and a goal-line clearance kept the hosts out as Witton held on for a third successive win – their best sequence this season – despite a short delay when the floodlights went out late on.

1874 Northwich will be kicking themselves that they didn’t get at least a point from the Northern Premier League West clash at Townfield, eventually falling 1-0 in their first home game of the year.

They did all the pressing in the second half and created numerous chances but could not put the ball in the back of the net, with some of that down to the form of Cables keeper Mitchell Allen.

In the end it was a scruffy and fortuitous effort from John Murphy in the 29th minute which separated the two sides, leaving bottom team 1874 with a fourth defeat in a row and their ninth loss in 11 outings.

There were few chances to score in the first half against second-placed Cables, who have lost only twice in their last 15 matches.

Joel Jones, on his first at number nine, had the best of them throughout the game and early on showed some nice touches.

But Murphy netted the first real chance of the game and the best that 1874 could produce a 40-yard chancer from Jones which flew over the bar.

1874, skippered by Lucas Weir in the absence of suspended Matt Woolley, offered more threat after the break though.

Jones ran on to a ball behind the visiting defence but lacked the composure needed when he snatched at the ball and fired wide in the 50th minute.

Coates made a great save to deny 1874’s Tom Fagan six minutes later, and then Jones again- was clear on goal from a run behind the defence before controversially being flagged for offside.

Jamie Nicholson shot wide before a rarer opportunity came Prescot’s way.

1874 keeper Matthew Wonnacott, a loan signing from Wigan Athletic this week, superbly saved an effort from sub Sam O’Halleron.

Jones’ best chance of all was probably in the 81st minute when his low strike brought out the best in stopper Allen.

1874: Wonnacott, Fagan, Mialkowski, Chimenes, Marrow, Weir, Crawford, Bianga, J Jones, Byrne, Nicholson.

Barnton, who have been sneaking up the North West Counties League Division One South table, came unstuck at league leaders Brocton.

They fell 4-0, conceding three of those goals in the first 26 minutes which left them with a mountain to climb.

Brocton’s scorers were Cameron Osborne (3mins), Ben Haddaway (15), Morgan Payne (26, 53).

Barnton are eighth in the table, two points adrift of the play-offs places.

Northwich Victoria's and Winsford United's matches were postponed due to waterlogged pitches.