Washington FC v Penrith AFC EBAC Northern League Division 1 Saturday 7th October 2017 Kick Off 3pm Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex
Washington FC welcome visiting Cumbrians, Penrith AFC, to Nissan on Saturday afternoon with both teams finding themselves at the foot of the table. Just two points separate the sides going into Saturday’s fixture although, having only just completed the first quarter of the season, it may just be too early to be considered definitive.
Washington go into Saturday on the back of a one-all draw away to Whitley Bay, a game they were leading from the first minute until almost the last, when Whitley Bay’s Scott Jasper denied the Mechanics their first away win of the season. In the following few days, Washington have generated some outside attention with the signing of former Wigan Athletic, Spurs and Sunderland defender Pascal Chimbonda, who was in attendance at Whitley Bay to support his new club.
The signing has been described by manager James Clark as a real “sign of intent” on the club’s part. Having received the clearances needed to play, Chimbonda is free to make his debut against Penrith.
The Mechanics have been enjoying a good run of form in the league of late, having picked up four points from their last three games. In contrast, Penrith have suffered five consecutive defeats in all competitions, conceding eighteen goals. Washington will be looking to build on their recent momentum, hoping that the acquisition of a former League Cup winner can provide the extra boost needed to begin climbing up the league table.
Chimbonda follows a string of new signings made by Clark, who stated that business at the club was certainly “slowing down” but did not completely rule out the possibility of further additions to his squad stating;
“If there’s somebody who comes up who can improve the squad then I’m always interested.”
Clark went on to praise the support and backing of the club’s board, saying;
“they have supported everything I’ve wanted to do.”
As the bolstered squad begins to take shape, Washington will be aiming for all three points and their second win of the league campaign.
Be sure to arrive early. Gates open from 1pm
– Liam Kendal