• Peter Scherer

REPORT: Mickleover prove too strong for Witton to gain first win

Mickleover opened their Northern Premier League points account with a 2-1 win over Witton Albion on Tuesday night.

The result helped put smiles back on faces following the defeat to Morpeth on Saturday and gave Mickleover a welcome boost ahead of the FA Cup visit of Newark this weekend.

There was a chance for Sports within minutes of the kick off when George Milner broke through, but his effort was too close to keeper Chris Renshaw.

Witton’s first real attack from general play came after 14 minutes, when Isaac Baldwin had a good run down the left, but his cross was cut out by keeper Callum Hawkins.

Witton had another chance when Tom Owens shot just over from a well-timed cross after 20 minutes.

Action from Mickleover's win over Witton Albion.

On 36 minutes the deadlock was broken, after Witton’s midfield lost possession and Stuart Beavon intercepted. His initial shot was blocked but not cleared, leaving Milner to hammer home his first goal in Sports colours.

Witton pushed hard to try and get the equaliser in the closing minutes of the first half, Will Booth's free-kick finding Hawkins' hands and the Sports keeper also saving from Isaac Baldwin.

Mickleover began the second-half well, Jordan Walshaw striking the post after good work from Beavon and Andrew Wright.

Beavon shot too high from a Mason Warren corner, then Milner went close from an Alex Morris cross.

The hosts got their second goal with three minutes left, Wright picking up a loose ball just outside the box and hammering home.

Witton pulled one back two minutes later, Billy Smart's looping volley beating Hawkins, but Sports held on to take the points.

By Peter Scherer

(Photo courtesy of Mickleover FC)