WITTON Albion returned to winning ways in Northern Premier League West.

Their first win in four outings, boosted by the return to the starting line-up of Matt Lowton, Brandon Newell, Harry Brazel, Joe Duckworth and Elliot Rokka, was a 3-1 victory over play-offs rivals Kidsgrove Athletic at the U Lock It Stadium.

Two of the aforementioned players scored the three goals, Duckworth with efforts from the penalty spot in the 11th and 49th minutes sandwiching a strike from Brazel (35mins).

Former 1874 Northwich midfielder Joe Woolley hit a consolation for Kidsgrove in the 66th minute.

Meanwhile, in the same league, 1874 were hammered 5-0 at Widnes.

The Greens only trailed 1-0 at the interval to a penalty, but they conceded four goals in a 16-minute period in the second half.

The result extends 1874’s sequence without a win to 14 matches over a three-month period.

Last time they tasted victory was 1-0 at home to Widnes on October 21.

Damian Crossley’s side remain firmly rooted at the bottom of the table, seven points adrift of Hednesford Town.

In the Midland League Premier Division, Northwich Victoria drew 1-1 at home to Wolverhampton Casuals.

Vics, who included the returning Roman Allen at centre back and fellow new recruit Max Chimenes in the forward line, hit the front through Ethan Gough in the 58th minute.

But the visitors squared matters three minutes later and both sides ended up settling for a point at Barton Stadium, Winsford.

Barnton thought they had done enough to rescue a point at home to Stockport Town but had their pockets picked at the death.

Josh Morris’ 89th-minute equaliser looked like earning the Villagers a draw but Daniel McLaughlin struck his second for the visitors in the fifth minute of added time, giving his side the 2-1 win.

Barnton remain on the outside edge of the play-offs zone, two points behind Abbey Hulton United with two games in hand.

Winsford United bagged a welcome 3-1 victory at Maine Road, with Ross Aikenhead netting twice in the first half – his second from the penalty spot.

Emanuel Roche ensured the success with Blues’ third goal in the 89th minute and Yousset Belattar netted a consolation effort for the hosts four minutes into added time.

Lee Duckworth’s side are still 12 points away from exiting the danger zone.