WITTON Albion’s winning streak ended at home to Bootle but they were good enough to secure a draw.

Jon Macken’s men had an early lead taken off them in the Northern Premier League West encounter at the U Lock It Stadium but sealed a 2-2 result thanks to Ben Harrison.

Witton went ahead in the 12th minute when striker Connor Hughes composed himself and converted from the spot after he had been brought down in the penalty area.

Bootle, defeated on their previous three outings, got themselves back on level terms with a gift of an equaliser, with a defensive mistake leading to Ben Hodkinson netting five minutes before the break.

Hodkinson was then the man who put the visitors in front in the 66th minute, slotting home a 22-yard free kick.

Harrison ensured for Witton a share of the spoils with a headed goal in the 77th minute, meaning the outcome ended the same as it did in the same meeting last season.

Witton remain sixth in the table, level on points with fifth-placed Avro.

1874 Northwich’s troubled campaign continued with a 4-2 loss at Chasetown.

Damian Crossley’s side have now suffered six successive losses and remain rooted at the bottom of Northern Premier League West, seven points adrift of the two sides above them.

It has been said for a few games recently but 1874 probably deserved better in Staffordshire, having some strong spells in the game and creating a number of half-chances that resulted in blocked shots or efforts going wide.

The Greens, who handed a debut to former City of Liverpool and Stalybridge Celtic frontman Tinashe Chakwana after his signing on Thursday, paid for that lack of clinical finishing in the second half.

Although pulling it back from 3-1 to 3-2 as they entered added time gave them a last-ditch lifeline it was Chasetown who nailed the decisive goal a few minutes later.

Max Chimenes rewarded a lively start by ‘74 when he hit home into the bottom corner in the seventh minute after outmuscling a defender.

The hosts struck back with their first effort on goal, a thunderbolt strike from Jordan Evans in the 15th minute.

Chasetown had the ball in the net again in the 49th minute but the referee deemed goalkeeper Matthew Wonnacott was fouled in the process and the goal was disallowed.

Ten minutes later though Chasetown did get their noses in front through Luke Yates, who was afforded a free header from a corner.

Jack Langston doubled Chasetown’s lead in the 80th minute with a screaming effort but eyes were open again when Jack Marrow reduced the deficit in the 90th minute only for Langston to kill the contest three minutes later.

In other news, Matty Birchall and Jamal Crawford have left 1874.

Northwich Victoria are still seeking their first league away win of the season after drawing 1-1 at AFC Wulfrunians in Staffordshire.

They needed a second-half goal to earn their point but had come close earlier at the Prestige Midlands Arena in Castlecroft.

A nice move across the edge of the box found Kobe McWilliams, whose low shot came back off the post.

The hosts went ahead against the run of play in the 37th minute, with their striker Munday sending Adam Reid the wrong way from the penalty spot after handball in the penalty area.

Vics had to weather a storm that peaked when Thomas Grindrod was sin-binned following a yellow card for a late challenge.

The Wulfs’ best chance of taking advantage was wasted when new signing Lee had space and time on his side put shot wide.

Vics got back on level terms when Callum Parker backed up his midweek goal against 1874 with the all-important leveller, racing on to a lovely looped pass from Ethan Gough in the 67th minute.

And Vics then came closest to winning the match with a scoring opportunity in the closing moments.

Parker won possession, found Niall Sultan in the box, he laid it off to Dylan Switters, who shot narrowly wide.

Thanks to the draw, Vics climbed one place to 13th in the Midland League Premier Division.

Barnton climbed two places to sixth, just two points outside the play-offs places with games in hand, thanks to a 2-0 home win against Stockport Georgians.

Sam Smith (57) and Amir Hajri (86) got the all-important goals for The Villagers.