WASHINGTON FC 1 – PENRITH AFC 2
(Half Time: Washington 1 – Penrith 0)
Saturday 07 October 2017 Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex, Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3NS Kick off - 3:00 pm Emirates FA Cup, Extra Preliminary Round Attendance: 124
Washington lose lead as Penrith earn first win in five league games.
Washington hosted Penrith at Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex on Saturday afternoon, hoping to carry the momentum of their improved form that saw them pick up four points in their previous three league games. Adding to that momentum was the signing of former Spurs and Sunderland defender, Pascal Chimbonda, a signing that attracted outside media attention prior to the game. Their opponents, Penrith, were looking to break a run of five consecutive defeats in all competitions, conceding eighteen goals in the process.
The early signs from Washington were encouraging as they displayed a composure and tidiness in large stages of the first half with a string of good passing moves. New signing, Robbie Williamson, proved a handful down the left-hand side and provided the assist for Washington to break the deadlock just ten minutes into the game. After the ball ran across the mouth of the Penrith goal, Williamson collected and coolly pulled back for Shaun Pickford who could not miss from close range. Williamson was involved again minutes later when a heavy tackle from Penrith full-back Dean Crozier was met with the game’s first booking.
The half continued with Washington never really threatening to extend their lead. A good chance for Penrith came on the half hour mark when a free kick from deep was helped on twice and put them through on goal, however, goalkeeper Dan Gladstone was out quickly and dealt with the threat, bravely taking a knock in the process. At the other end Williamson was causing more trouble for the Penrith back line, cutting inside and eluding the full-back before an excellent last ditch block from Penrith captain Grant Davidson denied the Mechanics doubling their lead.
The second half was a lot more subdued from the home side, the tenacity in their build up and pressuring of Penrith all over the pitch seemed to have made way for a far more relaxed approach. The visitors had clearly received their orders to push higher up the pitch in search of the equaliser, at times looking as though they were playing with a front four. They almost found the equaliser less than ten minutes into the half when Gladstone was beaten far from goal, but captain Alex White headed off the line to spare his keepers blushes.
Eventually Penrith’s efforts were rewarded on the seventy minute mark when Jonny Murray was able to beat the Washington centre-halves on pace and made no mistake in his one-on-one with Gladstone. Washington had a similar opportunity to regain the lead ten minutes later when substitute Sam Grieveson beat the offside trap, however in this instance, Penrith keeper Daniel Eccles was equal to it. Just minutes later, Penrith were in front. Another through ball beating the Washington defence was picked up by Connor Shields. His shot was well saved but Murray was first to the rebound for his and Penrith’s second goal.
As the final whistle blew it was disappointment for the home side who had once again thrown away the lead, having led for the majority of their previous game with Whitley Bay before conceding the equaliser in the final minutes. However, in a side with a host of new faces there were positives to take away particularly in the first half. Manager James Clark has always maintained that a club that has undergone such big changes as Washington was always going to require time to settle. With the Mechanics now sitting second from bottom after a quarter of the season played, there will be hopes that signs of a settled side will be coming before long.
Chester Le Street (Home)
Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex, Washington Road, Sunderland, SR5 3NS
Kick off 19:45
|07/10/2017||3:00 pm||Northern League Division 1||2017/18|
|Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex|
|A1290, Sunderland SR5 3NT, UK|