Its been another long wait between games for Washington. While this may have benefits of having well rested players, it also means any form or sharpness can go out the window.
Washington were last in action a week gone Tuesday when they played hosts to Whitley Bay. With several key players missing the home side had to field several of the Under 23’s. And manager Laws can take pride in the way his young team performed. Aside the score line, the only negative from the game was the sending off of Captain Pascal Chimbonda. In what can only be called a moment of madness form the former French International. On the 70th minute Whitley scored a goal that Chimbonda believed should have been disallowed for offside. His protests to the officials earned him a booking. The red mist descended and Chimbonda wouldn’t let it go. The rant that followed earned him a straight red card in what the refereed reported as aggressive abusive behaviour.
It wasn’t the only red of the night as Whitley were down to ten with 3 minutes to go. Joshua Nearney seeing red for an aggressive foul. A late penalty scored by Jake Pickard was too late in the day to make any difference to the score line and Whitley Bay left with all three points.
It’s another Tyne – Wear game tomorrow, this time against Newcastle Benfield. Washington will be without suspended Chimbonda and Abdull Karim. Corey Barnes has suffered a dislocated shoulder and will be out for several weeks. There will be late fitness tests for several key players.
The teams last meat at the end of October, where Benfield were comfortable winners at The Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex. It was Washington who took the lead in that game through Jake Pickard. The lead didn’t last long and it only took Benfield a couple of minutes to equalise. A further two goals in the second half from Benfield was enough to take all three points form the game.
Washington will come up against former fans favourite Rhys Evans. Evans was at the Wearside club for opening months of the season before making the moved to Walkergate.
Benfield have had a somewhat mixed run of it since the turn of the year. There were knocked out the FA Vase 4th round by Coleshill, but only on penalties after a replay. Following that was a League Cup win over Consett and a 3-0 win at home to Seaham Red Star. They currently sit 14th in the league and have four games in hand over teams above and below them.
This will be another tough match for The Mechanics and hopefully one that can be the spark for the fight for survival. Keep track of all the actions though our Twitter page and seen exclusive pre and post-match coverage across all our Social Media Channels.
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