Today Washington travel to Billingham Synthonia.
There is not much recent history to go on between the two clubs
Earlier in the season they played out a 0 – 0 draw. Last season Washington knocked The Synthonia out the FA Vast at The Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex.
Many feel this is a must win for both clubs if they are aiming to close the gap on the teams above them.
We caught up with Washington Manager James Clark
Hard defeat against Guisborough on Saturday. You have had a few days to reflect on it. What are you thoughts from the game?
We started the game well, but credit to Guisborough they pressed us well and got a foothold in the game and took advantage. The first goal came at the wrong time, and we never came back from it. Which was disappointing, but we dust ourselves down and go again
Lessons to be learned? Is this something you have been going over with the players during the week?
Yes definitely, we have to stand up and be counted in every minute of every game. We still have a lot of injuries, this week has been about managing those players through to be ready for the weekends game. Whilst keeping spirits high
One of the injuries is Matty Waters, out long term, forcing you to play Jake Pickard, a midfielder as a lone striker with a forward on the bench.
I think it is unfair to just look at one players injury when we have so many at the minute. Jake has played as both a midfielder and striker in his career, so it gives me that option. I initially played Jake further forward against Morpeth because of what I thought he could bring to the team in that and deserved to continue in that position with his performance.
You mentioned post match that you were needing the committee to sign a striker. Are we expecting any new players coming through the door
Yes we have managed to secure a new striker at the club, he is currently nursing an injury but I’m hopeful that he will be fit enough to be in the squad and make an impact.
I applaud the board again for supporting me and recognising the position we are currently in and it’s a massive part that we need to score more goals
This follows the departure of Rhys Evans to Newcastle Benfield. Are you hoping to bring any more players at this stage?
Losing Rhys is disappointing, but he has made the decision to move on and I wish him all the best going forward. We are hoping to bring in a replacement for him and that should be concluded this next week we will also be able to call on Jon Tiffoney soon and have all our players back giving us much more balance and options for the squad.
Looking ahead at tomorrow’s game 3 points are almost vital to stop teams above pulling away further?
3 points however it comes is vital. I will accept a poor performance tomorrow providing we win the game and give ourselves something to build upon