League newcomers Washington swept an abject Shildon aside in a one sided affair at the Nissan Sports & Leisure Complex. Shildon were out-thought, out-manoeuvred out-fought and out of sorts as a physical and pacy Washington took no notice of the title-favourites tag of their visitors.
It didn’t help Shildon’s cause that their third choice keeper, Jake Johnson, who was the only one available to them on the night, was forced to play while injured, but while injury may have prevented him from leaving his line at times, there was no excuse for the back four to leave two Washington players unmarked for their third and fourth goals.
With such a scoreline, one would be forgiven for concluding that this was a one sided affair, but that would be to ignore some clear chances for the visitors, including an effort denied by the woodwork.
It would also be to ignore that Shildon toiled for the first half hour, unable to find a rhythm to their play and struggling to make decisive inroads into the opposing half. Crossing the ball early seemed a particular difficulty.
Shildon maintained their 100% start to the league season with a single goal win over the only other remaining team in the league with a perfect record.
Paul Connor wiped out Guisborough’s unbeaten start with the goal’s only game on the hour mark after Matty Robson chased an almost lost cause to swing over a first time cross which was swept home from 18 yards by the experienced striker. (more…)
You know that feeling you get at the start of a new season? The one where you’ve just watched England win back the Ashes in the morning and a whole world of possibilities is stretching out before you? The one where you think you might just be heading out to see the Champions at the start of a glorious campaign? Well I had that, and what’s more it lasted beyond the final whistle. Aye, I might have seen the Champions, except that wasn’t us. And possibilities? Anything between top six and bottom three depending on which half you decide to take most literally. ‘Football’, as a famous manager once remarked, ‘bloody hell!’
The Board of Directors can announce that Gary Brown has been transferred to Shildon AFC.
Gary has been a mainstay in the team since joining the club in 2012, being the skipper during that time.
Brown asked to be transfer-listed just after the start of pre-season training for family reasons – his wife gave birth to their second child last month — and there has been plenty of interest in the popular centre half. (more…)
Dean Street witnessed a typically full blooded encounter between title challengers Shildon and local rivals West Auckland, who also happened to start the day as league leaders.
The tie included four goals, two shared in each half, and a red card with ten minutes remaining for Shildon’s Sam Hodgson which left the Railwaymen simultaneously on the back foot and a dangerous prospect on the break as they sought to both protect the result and steal the win. (more…)
Three scorers, three points, third place and three behind league leaders West Auckland, who visit Dean Street on Saturday. The goals also arrived from three areas of the pitch with a defender, a midfielder and a striker all getting on the scoresheet. Three, it seems, was the magic number for the Railwaymen, apart from the goals total that is, as Shildon strolled to a four-nil away win at Billingham Synthonia on Wednesday night. (more…)