Ebac Northern League Division 1
Washington are back getting points on the board after a 1-1 draw with Sunderland RCA on Saturday. It is the first points The Mechanics have earned since a 3-1 victory over Team Northumbria at Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex back in November.
Washington took the lead in the first half thanks for a goal for Vinny Gash in what could be considered a battle. In a game where the Referee was central around three major talking points after poor decisions against the home team.
Early in the game Harry Wood was forced to limp off after an out of control challenge. The referee only seen fit to punish the culprit with a free kick in what should have been a sending off in todays game. It has to be said Washington dominated the first half and had several chances to extend their lead.
In the second half Sunderland RCA came out stronger and more focused. They created more of the early chances, but the Washington defence held strong, often putting their bodies on the line making tackles and blocking shots.
Gardner controlled the mid field and in one of the better performances of the season. His long passing was getting Gash and Hanson into dangerous areas. However, Washington were the masters of the own downfall. Just after the hour, Gladstone received a back pass in the 18 yard box. He beat the first player on him, but with RCA pushing high he was caught in possession giving Larkin an easy finish
The game, and controversy was not over with there. Washington still had chances to take the lead but were unable to convert them. RCA should have been reduced to 10 (or maybe it should have really been 9) mean when a rash two footed challenge on Dent only warranted a yellow card from the referee.
To add further insult to injury, Jak Hanson was pulled back and brought down by a defender when through on for goal. No foul given by the referee in what could have been a penalty and red card. The Washington players, bench and fans were incensed by the decision making in a game that would have been won.
Ahead to Monday and Washington play the twice already postponed match at Team Northumbria. The last time the Mechanics picked up three points was against Northumbria and Manager Laws will be hoping for a repeat in the away tie.
Team North have had a mixed run of results, 4 defeats and 3 wins since the game at Nissan has them in a some what comfortable 13th in the league and more than double the points of Washington. So there is nothing to take for granted and despite Washington having their best win of the season Laws know he will have a tough challenge ahead of him.
Team Northumbria Last 5 Games
|Sat, 09/12/2017||Team Northumbria||North Shields||2-0||eNL1|
|Sat, 23/12/2017||Team Northumbria||Sunderland RCA||0-2||eNL1|
|Tue, 26/12/2017||Newcastle Benfield||Team Northumbria||1-2||eNL1|
|Sat, 06/01/2018||Shildon||Team Northumbria||5-3||eNL1|
|Sat, 13/01/2018||Team Northumbria||Ashington||3-1||eNL1|
Kick Off is 7:54
Coach Lane Sports Ground Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7AX
|15/01/2018||7:45 pm||Northern League Division 1||2017/18|