The winners of this weeks Team Of The Week are Witton Albion from the Northern Premier League Premier Division. A fantastic 5-2 win over Ashton United was more than worthy of a nomination. Witton have been out of sorts recently and are already on their third manager of the season. New man in charge Tony Sullivan took control in early October and was handed the job of steadying the ship after loosing long serving manager Brian Pritchard early on in the season, closely followed by club legend Anthony Sheehan who replaced Pritchard but failed to repeat the run of form he had when taking temporary charge for 3 games when acting as caretaker.
Sullivan has struggled for results since taking over, but performances have been improving. They took 13 attempts under the new man to get their first win which was a 1-0 win over Sheffield FC in the FA Trophy. Another heavy defeat to FC United followed before a 3-3 draw in the next round of the FA Trophy at Workington, which ultimately led to a 3-0 defeat in the replay.
However this weekend the club got the first league win under Sullivan after 12 straight league defeats, and no doubt the manager hopes this will be a turning point.
Speaking to Andrew Simpson from the Northwich Guardian after the game Sullivan said:
“A win relieves some pressure. You can’t lose 12 games on the bounce at any club and not feel any. Its ok saying how much I’ve changed off the pitch since I took over, but I have to finish the job.
“I think we out-battled Ashton, which was nice to see. We worked harder than them, and our quality came through. And there is quality in this group.
“It was never about anything other than belief in what we’re capable of. I hope the players enjoyed the feeling of winning like that.”
A fantastic win for Witton and deservedly Team Of The Week for Week 17. We will be sending one of our certificates out to them as a memento of their achievement, and they will take their place on our Roll Of Honour with their picture adorning our Twitter and Facebook pages for the following week.