The Opposition: Witton Albion
Witton Albion are the visitors to Mariners Park on Saturday in the BetVictor Northern Premier Division.
Here’s a closer look into our latest opponents.
Home Ground: Wincham Park (since 1989)
Fun Fact: Witton Albion’s list of former players include popular Liverpudlian comedian John Bishop, who turned out for the club in the 1980s.
What’s their story?
Witton Albion were formed in 1887 and first entered the FA Cup in 1907, reaching the first round proper for the first time in 1948.
Having participated in many local leagues during their early history the club became founder members of the Cheshire County League in 1920.
They won the championship on three occasions, the highlight being a league and cup double in 1954.
Albion earned promotion to the Northern Premier League in 1979 and subsequently moved to their current home Wincham Park a decade later.
They couldn’t have wished for a better first season at Wincham Park, earning promotion to the Conference in 1990 after winning the title by 16 points.
Having started the decade on the front foot Witton ended the 90s back in the Northern Premier League after being relegated in 1994 and 1997.
The 2006-07 season saw Albion miss out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season on goal difference. They subsequently lost the play-off final against Telford United and were thus denied promotion back to the Conference North.
They missed out on promotion again in 2008. After leading the table since November, at one stage by 14 points, they lost the lead to Fleetwood Town in mid-April. They went on to lose to Buxton in the play-offs and the following season they were relegated to the Northern Premier League First Division South.
Witton entered the 2009–10 season with high hopes of promotion. However, a poor end to the season saw them finish out of play-off contention. League restructuring saw the club relocated to Northern Premier League First Division North and they were promoted to the Premier Division in 2012.
An impressive 2012-13 season saw Witton finish fourth in the league, making the play-offs. A 3-1 semi-final defeat to FC United of Manchester ended their promotion hopes.
The 2013-14 campaign was tougher, with Albion finishing 16th and narrowly escaping relegation.
Albion were relegated on the last day of the 2014-15 season with a 22nd place finish.
Current manager Carl MaCauley took over four months later after a poor start to the campaign.
Albion are currently in 11th position with nine wins and 34 points from 25 games, including a 3-1 success over the Mariners in October.
Manager: Carl Macauley
Keep an eye on: Danny McKenna – The explosive right winger is top scorer for the Albion this season with six goals.
The squad: Ryan Neild, Chris Renshaw, Adam Anson, Isaac Baldwin, Nick Ryan, James Short, Josh Wardle, Will Booth, James Foley, Cesaire Lingouba, Danny McKenna, Michael Monaghan, Tom Owens, Billy Smart, Will Jones, Danny Mitchley, Kyle Sambor.