Game number 11 of the season
A late decision to go and get some bank holiday football in, mood boosted by an excellent 2-0 for the Silkmen away at Grimsby earlier in the day. This was the first salt town derby in a competitive game for 21 years and an enticing fixture between long-term rivals, and from this season, ground sharers. It certainly caught the imagination, with a healthy crowd of 710.
Despite an ominous start, the club shop and museum were closed; this tuned out to be a very competitive contest, with plenty of good football played. The away side for the day made the better start and were soon ahead as the impressive Bennett fired home an opener after just six minutes.
The remainder of the half was played at a good tempo, and saw both sides have their moments, although Northwich always looked more secure at the back and were well drilled in midfield.
Special mention to the Witton PA man who spent a good 5 minutes trying to get four car owners to move their cars, missing his sides equalizing goal from Ben Mills in the process, seemingly oblivious to his announcement being drowned out. Not one to give up, he tried in vain, to get these cars shifted, with three more detailed descriptions failing to have the desired effect.
Witton were well on top, but fell to a second goal from Bennett, as he once again found space and was able to beat the ‘keeper with ease. This was very much against the run of play, and Witton never really recovered from this, despite a ast gasp effort which saw the ‘keeper fire wide after being waved up for a corner.
Entertainment = 6/10