Washington FC 0 – Guisborough Town 4
(Half Time: Washington 0 – Guisborough 1)
Saturday 04 November 2017 Kick off - 3:00 pm Ebac Northern League - Division 1 Attendance: 68
After encouraging signs in previous weeks, Washington manager James Clark refers to the loss to Guisborough as “Jekyll and Hyde.”
Washington succumbed to a 4-0 defeat to Guisborough Town on Saturday afternoon with a performance that posed little threat to the visitors. The Washington back line began the game well, keeping a disciplined line and frustrating the Guisborough attackers by continuously catching them offside. However, as the half drew on the visitors began to enjoy better spells and creating more chances. They found the opener ten minutes before the break when Louis Goldsack was brought down inside the box by Pascal Chimbonda, there was little argument when the referee pointed to the spot and Nathan Steel stepped up to convert. The rest of the half was dominated by Guisborough but at the break the two sides were separated by a single goal.
Guisborough picked up where they left off after the restart, pressing Washington throughout, winning their challenges and reacting first to the second balls. Their efforts were rewarded on the hour mark when Washington were caught on the counter and the ball was moved quickly to give Louis Goldsack the space and time to comfortably slot the ball past Dan Gladstone. Just four minutes later similar circumstances allowed Mark Robinson to smash the ball into the top corner for Guisborough’s third. Washington began to look depleted of confidence as manager Clark made more attacking substitutions and changed the shape of the team to try and salvage something from the game. The changes included the introduction of Abdull Karim, which Clark described as a “bridge between the junior setup and the first team.” Guisborough continued to push Washington through the final minutes despite being three goals to the good. That three became four when Mason McNeill came off the bench to score and make a bad afternoon at Nissan a little worse.
After the game, manager James Clark referred to ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ performances, comparing Saturday’s defeat to more encouraging displays in previous weeks;
“Off the back of our previous four games we’ve taken our foot off the gas today… We’ve had injuries to five players who possibly would have started today but that’s no excuse. The players coming in should be doing their job and chomping at the bit if they haven’t been playing.”
Washington’s next game is an away fixture to Billingham Synthonia in a clash between the table’s bottom two sides. When asked what preparations will be made for the game, Clark said;
“We sign a centre-forward, that’s for sure and we put in some real graft on Tuesday and Thursday.”
The Mechanics gaffer also mentioned the disappointment in the dressing room after the game and believes his players will right their mistakes;
“As a group of players they do fight for each other and they do work for each other and that’s always been the same. I’ve no doubt in their character or the fact that they want to work together and they’ll do what they can to put things right.”
|04/11/2017||3:00 pm||Northern League Division 1||2017/18|
|Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex|
|A1290, Sunderland SR5 3NT, UK|