Shildon AFC 2 – Washington FC 1
(Half Time: Shildon 1 – Washington 0)
Saturday 28 October 2017 Kick off - 3:00 pm Ebac Northern League - Division 1 Attendance: 181
Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them Volleyed and thundered; Stormed at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into the jaws of Death, Into the mouth of hell
The immortal words from Lord Alfred Tennyson encapsulating The Charge of the Light brigade from the Crimean War. And it seems an adequate reflection of the last few games Washington have faced. Three league games each one a top 4 club in good form. What could Washington hope to achieve or gain? As with The Charge of the Light Brigade, Washington came away with nothing and suffered casualties.
The poem emphasises the valour and bravery of the Calvary in carrying out what they had to do regardless of the obvious outcome.
Washington may have lost all three games, and in the process, have suffered injuries to key players. But we cannot take anything away from the commitment and mental attitude of the players. So for the third League match in a row, the 11 of Washington stepped out underdogs with many expecting a crushing defeat at the hands of their opponent.
Missing from the Washington line-up was Pascal Chimbonda (Hamstring) and Lee Herron (Knee). Lamin Cham and Rhys Evans were late additions to the team after being declared fit late on.
Returning from suspension was Matthew Parker, while both Matty Waters and Andy Brown return after recent absences.
Washington started with a preferred 4-2-3-1 formation, Cham coming into left midfield, Brown slotted into Right Back.
It was Washington who started the brighter and created the first opportunity after only 2 minutes. Pickard’s through ball to Cham down the right was delivered into the box. Covering defender Matthew Robson was able to clear for Shildon. It was Cham and Pickard combining again a couple of minutes later with good 1-2 but again the Shildon defence were on hand to intercept and clear.
Washington kept on the pressure and after 10 minutes Water took a long-range effort from outside the Box. His shot was well saved and Washington won their first corner. The corner was cleared by Shildon, falling to Evans, his ball to Pickford cause problems down the right but there was no one there for the final delivery.
Washington were looking good going forward and has majority of the play in the opening exchanges. But they were on the back foot after 10 minutes when a good spell from Shildon brought a headed block from Alex White after a good delivery on the left from Anthony Peacock. The following corner and Captain White was on hand again to head clear.
Washington were struggling to get their passing game going and often passes were falling short or Shildon were first to the ball. However both Cham and Evans on the wings looked sharp and caused Shildion concerns.
Washington’s first casualty came on 15 minutes. Cham limping off looking to have aggravated the ankle injury that was a worry before today’s game. He was replaced by Cameron Wilson, going straight into the same position as Cham.
Evans continued to cause problems for Shildon down the right but when he was able to get a ball into the box there was no one there to get on the end. In the strong wind Laws showed his class at the back, calmly bringing down a swirling ball under foot. This started a good spell of several passed and a nice ball down the channel to Wilson, unfortunately he doesn’t have the legs to catch up before it runs out of play.
The first of Washington’s three bookings came after 24 minutes. Andy Brown getting a caution for a foul on Greulich-Smith, the home support seemed a little hopeful with their calls for a red, considering they were near the half way line with cover. It didn’t take too long for Matty Parker to join Brown in the ref’s note book. No question as to if this was a foul, Parker was beaten and tripped the forward on passing him. The resulting free kick was drilled at the wall.
The clearance from the defence fell to Waters. His good holdup play allowed Parker to break down the left. Waters delivered a well-timed ball through. In chase Parker had his ankles clipped and tangled with the defender. Both players went down and the Ref blew for a free-kick to Shildon. Parker stayed down injured and Referee allowed the free-kick to be taken despite the injury, much to the disapproval of Chimbonda on the Bench. Eventually the ball went out of play and Parker was able to receive treatment.
Washington were still looking the better side after 30 minutes. But Shildon had come closest to scoring but Gladstone in Goal continued to show his worth with some solid saves. Washington then had a brilliant chance to take the lead. Midfield passing between Pickard, Waters and Pickford gave a chance for Wilson to break down the left. His ball in was just too high for the before mentioned to get on the end of. Not long after another good ball in from Wilson was just out of the reach of Evans making a late burst into the box. Washington were looking good, just once again missing the final product.
On 39 minutes Shildon looked to be getting into a good position as Burnicle broke into the box. Brown, on a yellow card made a last-minute challenge in the box, winning the ball and killing any danger.
It was brown that started Washington’s next move. His throw to Pickford brought a foul. Gardner’s delivery in the box was headed down by White. Pickard lined up a volley that seem goal bound till it cannoned off the unlucky Pickford and deflected out for a goal kick.
Getting close to the end of the half and Shildon would be happy to go in level. But it was a lack of concentration from a short Shildon free kick that was the undoing on Washington. The ball in from the right was turned into his own goal by Brown a minute into stoppage time. To be fair Brown had Peacock right behind him so had no choice but to get something on the ball, he was unlucky not to guide it past the post.
HALF TIME: Shildon 1 – Washington 0
Into the second half and Washington kick off against the wind.
After 4 minutes Waters is fouled and pulls up with what looks a hamstring. He tries to continue but is unable to. He is replaced by Samuel Grieveson.
Shildon start to get a greater foothold in the game now and dominate possession. Some good defending from Pickford getting a double block off balance prevented the first serious chance from the home side in the 2nd half. Gladstone also earning his money from a corners just short of the hour mark. The Washington keeper controlling has box well with 3 corner clearances in a row.
After 65 minutes Blackford broke through midfield for Shildon. He was tripped by Pickard and went down. This brought a pushing and shoving from both sets of players as Blackford squared up and shoved Pickard and the two needed to be separated. After a delay the referee booked both players. Matthew Robson stepped up to take the free kick. His well hit shot cleared the wall with Gladstone not getting close. 2-0.
Washington were then forced into a 3rd change as Parker couldn’t continue. He was replaced by Andy Mogwo, making his first start of the season for the Mechanics. Evan moved to left back, Pickford right wing and Mogwo sitting in front of the defence. Pickard was moved further forward to support Grieveson. The change seemed to have good effect as Washington started to come back into the game. Mogwo bringing more of an impact in the centre of the pitch.
Chances also came for Grieveson who went 1 on 1 with the keeper but couldn’t direct a shot past him. Liversedge was also called into action brilliantly saving a well struck shot by Pickford.
With 15 minutes to go a poor clearance from Shildon fell to the feet of Pickford. He turned, taking on two players and breaking into the box. His low shot lacked the venom it needed and was gathered by Liversedge in the Shildon goal.
Washington continued trying to create chances. A ball from Mogwo into the box reached Pickard, his pass to Grieveson was just too far ahead for the striker to reach but is pulled back for offside.
A quick free kick from Shildon and Gladstone come racing out of his goal. He lost the flight of the ball in the wind and is partly able to head clear. It is picked up by Shildon on the wing, their long shot doesn’t have the accuracy to beat the stranded keeper and Washington escape.
On 83 minutes the controversial moment of the game came. A Shildon corner was taken in the air by Gladstone. Then it what looked to be deliberate, Lewis Dodds stamped down his leg. More pushing and shoving from both teams. Once order returned the referee spoke to his assistant. Was adjudged to have stamped on Gladstone, a free kick was given and a yellow card for Dodds. If it was a stamp, then it can only be deliberate, should it have been a Red Card?
Into stoppage time and Washington were not giving up. A ball up to Grieveson in the box, his volley across the area was about to be cleared when Pickard go in ahead of the defender. Pickard was kicked in the follow-through and went down. Washington penalty. Pickard stepped up and placed the spot kick to the right of the keeper. It was too late for Washington to push and get anything further from the game.
At times Shildon showed why they are sitting in 4th and Washington were chasing shadows. But a good first half and late goal allows Washington to take heart from the game that they were not totally outclassed by their opponents. A run of scoring from the Mechanics could make all the difference.
After the game we spoke to Washington Manager James Clark
Another defeat to a top 4 club. Disappointing especially with the goal on injury time. If chances had been converted earlier we could have come away with points?
Yeah we have played 3 exceptional teams, with quality players. Yes to switch off at times is the difference between getting something out of the game, where we still sometimes show naivety. Without doubt converting chances has been our achilles heal this season, I hope the board will support me again dipping into the transfer market. To bring in a centre forward to help convert those chances
So you actively looking for a striker to add to the existing squad?
With what looks like a serious injury to Matty waters it will leave us light in this area, so yes I am actively looking to recruit in this area
There has been time we have played with more support in the final third having two upfront. this seemed to have an impact?
When in possession we realistically turn into a 4-3-3, what has helped has been a runner from midfield going slightly higher to support and get around the centre forward
Three yellow cards in the game today. With two flair ups between the teams do you feel there needs to be more discipline from some players?
I think that some players can react differently, but in reality I am happy with the commitment of the players, I don’t think we always get the rub of the green from officials.
Only one league win this season. How is the mood and feeling from players in the dressing room?
The lads mood in the dressing room is fantastic. The boys know where they are and what they want to do and where they want to be which is good
Two changes forced on you due to injuries. Was Mattey Parker a forced change?
Matty has been struggling with an injury also. The main threat was the 7 and we wanted to bring extra steel in the midfield so it was a logical move to make. We have multifunction players who can play in a couple of positions so it helps
What injuries and absences do you have for tomorrow’s game?
Lamin(ankle) waters( knee) are definitely out with fitness tests on others
The Mechanics suffer their 10th League defeat of the season. It has not been often where Washington have been out played in games, but it is goal and points that count. They need to start building a few points, so they do not get left behind by clubs above them.
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Tuesday 31st October
Kick Off 7:45pm
Nissan Sports and Leisure Complex
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|Dean St, Shildon DL4 1EZ, UK|