WASHINGTON FC 0 – DUNSTON UTS 2
(Half Time: Washington 0 – Dunston 2)
Tuesday 15 August 2017 Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex, Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3NS Kick off - 7:45 pm Ebac Northern League - Division 1 Attendance: 112
It was the return of the Ebac Northern League to The Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex. Round 2, Take 2, 2nd chance. Call it what you will, it was a return for Dunston after a 3-0 victory only ten days earlier.
It was one of them evenings as the players arrived. The sun was shining, it was a night for football. As evening drew in and the sun dropped in the Sky, it would cause a glare from the west, direct into one of the goals. Washington won the toss and chose to kick with the sun behind them.
It was Dunston who were first to show teen and in the opening minute tested Washington Keeper, Dan Gladstone. Once again, the Mechanics number one frustrated Dunston as he did time after time in the Emirates FA Cup match.
Further pressure was mounted on the home teams goal as a Dunston corner was safely headed down to Gladstone. Washington could only get a hopeful shot, high and wide in reply. But Washington were not giving up. A foul on Jake Pickard on the 8th minute awarded Washington a free kick, quickly taken by Robbie Williamson was blocked by Dunston. The resulting corner was driven in from the right met by Alex White only to be fired straight down the keepers throat.
The first moment of controversy in the first half came on the tenth minute. A Dunston’s Liam Thear broke on the edge of the box, only to be fouled by Matty Parker. A late flag from the Referees Assistant eventually brought a stop to play with call from The Dunston players and bench for a red card claiming Parker was the last man. After some deliberation with his officials the Referee produced a yellow card. Dale Burrell’s free kick over the wall kept climbing and if there had been a stand behind the goal would have easily found row z.
Dunston only had to wait another 7 minutes before they would find the back of the net. A mistake in the Washington defence allowed pressure from Michael Person to come away with the ball in the Washington 18 box. A layoff to the thorn in Washington’s FA Cup foot, Liam Thear and he was past all defenders and through for goal. Nothing Gladstone could have done to stop this one, 1 – 0.
Dunston would keep the pressure on Washington, but they struggled to get through the home defence and reliable Gladstone. Washington struggled to keep the ball in the opposition half. Lone striker Jordan Jewson was often outnumbered but when he could get the ball he offered glimmers of hope but could only take speculative long-range shots at the Dunston goal.
It was on the half hour when another defensive error from Washington that gifted Dunston their second goal. A corner from the left and the ball was headed onto his own crossbar by Parker, landing on the head of Jake Stafford. 2-0.
More questionable decisions from the referee followed when he awarded a freekick for hand ball after a point-blank shot was blocked by a Washington defender. The wall stood strong and Heslop’s shot was blocked.
Half Time: Washington Football Club 0 – 2 Dunston UTS.
Washington Manager James Clark decided to make some changes at half time. Bruno Pilatos came on for Ross Gardiner and Washington went 3-5-2-1. The change seemed to have the desired effect as it upset the Dunston game plan and Washington looked more assured and confident. They could start and put their passing game together. Jewson was supported more by Jake Pickard and the Dunston midfield struggled to deal with the energy and determination of Pilatos. Dunston looked to be getting frustrated in early exchanged and this was in evidence through late challenges on Gladstone and Pilatos respectively.
It wasn’t till the 54th minute that there was any further threat on either goal. An uncharacteristic clearance from Gladstone fell to Callum Elliott. The long-range effort from the Dunston defender was somewhat easily caught by a backpedalling Gladstone before it cased too much threat on his goal.
Further build-up play from Washington was good however the home team were lacking in the final third and nothing could really be produced around the Dunston goal. But with that, there was no real threat from Dunston who were not as prominent as the first half.
Washington had to play for the last five minutes with ten men after a stamp to the foot of Jake Pickard meant he couldn’t return to the game.
A more spirited performance from Washington in the second half. The payers settled into the game a little more and despite the score could leave in a position to take positives from a defeat.
Washington Man of the Match:
Bruno Pilatos – Brilliant 2nd Half inpact
Washington vs Jarrow Roofing BCA
Saturday 19 August 2017, 3pm
Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex.
|15/08/2017||7:45 pm||Northern League Division 1||2017/18|
|Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex|
|A1290, Sunderland SR5 3NT, UK|