Washington go into the game on the back of another defeat. The Mechanics put in a brave display against table toppers Morpeth Town highlighted by the last minute goal from Michael Laws. But it wasn’t enough to take anything from the game.
They have another tough test ahead against high flying Shildon. The Railwaymen are sitting fourth in the league having only lost 1 league game all season. It has been tougher in the Cups for Shildon they were dumped out of the FA Cup after a 6-0 defeat to Guiseley and only made it through the Durham Challenge Cup on penalties against Durham City. Last outing in the league was a 4-2 win at home to fellow strugglers Gainsborough Town.
Washington is facing a 3rd top four opponent for the 3rd league match in a row, having falling 2-1 to both Morpeth Town and Marske United. They will be looking to take positives from both games after they dominated majority of the play away to Marske and were unlucky not to come away with a point. Saturday’s home match against Morpeth was a tougher challenge and the Highwaymen looked comfortable through most of the game. Some brilliant defending from Alex White and top class saves from keeper Dan Gladstone kept Washington from falling further behind.
At times we have seen Washington fall apart and loose by several goals so it showed a strong test of character for them to keep Morpeth down to 2.
Washington welcome back Matty Waters and Andy Brown after not being available last week. Matthew Parker also returns from suspension. Injuries worries include Pascal Chimbonda (Hamstring), Lamin Cham (Ankle), Rhys Evans (Ankle) and Lewis Heron (Knee). All will remain in contention and undergo late fitness tests tomorrow.
Shildon 5 – Washington 0 (30/11/2016)
Form (League only)
Shildon – DDLWW
Washington – LLDLL