Witton Albion vs 1874 Northwich | 1874 Northwich F.C.

Witton Albion vs 1874 Northwich



Derby day despair as fate is sealed for ‘74


by Ben Carney


Witton Albion v 1874 Northwich was a game that had a lot riding on it at opposite ends of the table. With relegation looming for ‘74 it meant win or bust, and for Witton, a win would keep their surge for promotion alive.

From the sound of the first whistle, a lively atmosphere was generated at Wincham Park with a good following from both sets of supporters. The energy the fans conjured up was transferred onto the pitch with Witton in the ascendancy early on, aiming to assert themselves in front of their home faithful. The early pressure prevailed as Witton pressed home their advantage, with the first goal coming in the 16th minute. Elliot Rokka rounded the keeper to finish calmly, completing a swift counter attack.

Buoyed by their early lead, Witton looked a composed outfit, controlling the tempo of the game. They went in search of more goals with the intention of putting the game to bed. In contrast, the visitors were yet to impose themselves on the game, creating minimal chances. Despite the lack of chances, an energetic Joel Jones continued to battle bravely but his willingness would gain no reward. Against the run of play, just before the break, 1874 could count themselves unlucky not to steal a leveller and they would have, albeit resolute defending from Witton, preserved their lead.

The half time whistle sounded and going into the break, Witton would be the happier of the two teams. From a ‘74 standpoint, the dogged defensive display would be pleasing.

The second half began in a similar vein, with Witton firing another warning sign. This time Elliot Rokka’s attempt was sliced wide. Shortly after, Witton manufactured another opportunity, Mark Jones was there to deny a second goal with a brilliant block. A second goal however, looked inevitable and from the resulting corner, it arrived. A goalmouth scramble was prodded home by Ben Harrison.

Connor  Hughes added a third, all but confirming 74’s relegation. As the clock struck closer to full time, changes were made. This seemingly sparked  life into ‘74 who now had a foothold in the game, carving numerous chances. History repeated itself as their clinical edge evaded them.

Ultimately, Witton claimed the derby day bragging rights with a  convincing 3-0 victory which resulted in relegation for 1874 Northwich.


Date Time League Season Attendance
Mon 1 Apr 2024 3:00 pm NPL Div One West 2023/24 902


Wincham Park
26 Chapel St, Wincham, Northwich CW9 6DA, UK


Club1st Half2nd HalfGoals
Witton Albion123
1874 Northwich000

KO 10 68 72 FT
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