In a match against opposition who many consider are one of the favorites for promotion Washington completely dominated the game and won comfortably.
The return of Keeper Dan Gladstone and midfielder Jake Pickard proved to be a major factor in the game. Although Gladstone had relevantly little pressure on his goal from Heaton, he was instrumental in staring the buildup and flow of the game. Washington’s defence looked more confident with the return of the Number 1.
In the first half Heaton played with a high back line and Washington’s pacey forwards, playing on the shoulders of the defense, were regularly caught offside. In reality if they’d held the runs just a little longer they would have been comfortably leading at half time
In the second half Heaton’s defence was finally broken down and Washington’s interplay, and the pace of Jewson in particular, caused many problems for the home team. Well worked goals by Jewson, Waters and Gary Shaw earned the Mechanics the win they richly deserved.