WITTON Albion will want to be getting themselves back on track quickly.

A five-match winning run since Christmas has suddenly become a sequence of three games without a victory, cemented by Tuesday night’s 2-0 home loss to lower league Congleton Town in the quarter finals of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

Jon Macken’s men, who also fell 1-0 away to Nantwich Town at the weekend, return to Northern Premier League West action against Kidsgrove Athletic at the U Lock It Stadium on Saturday aiming not to undo all of their good work.

Their improved form has taken them to the brink of the play-offs places, currently sat seventh, but the middle order of the league table is tight and one-time leaders Kidsgrove would leap above them with two games in hand if they were to bag three points on their visit.

Much-changed Witton conceded both goals against Midland League Premier Division table toppers Congleton in the first half.

In assembling their lead, the Bears showed a grit that sent out a message they had no intention of letting go of the silverware they won last season without a fight.

Max McCarthy put them in front with a little chip over Witton goalkeeper Arran Lyons from David Parton’s wind-assisted long goal kick in the 22nd minute.

And Thomas Hampton netted at the back post from a corner 11 minutes later.

Witton had back-to-back efforts cleared off the line in the 52nd minute in their best chances to pull a goal back.

Barnton’s trip to Droylsden in North West Counties League Division One South on Tuesday night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.