King’s Washington reaction

By Daniel Prince

Jon King feels Washington will go on to win promotion from Ebac Northern League Division Two after seeing them beat his South Shields side 3-1 on Saturday.

Two goals from James Fairley and another from Chris Winn condemned the Mariners to defeat, but King insisted it was no disgrace to lose to a team possessing such attacking quality.

The manager said: “I said before the game that Washington would be there or thereabouts at the top of the table this season.

“They have got a lot of First Division players, and it was always going to be a tough game, which it was.

“They were strong, physical and very direct. They played to their strengths, and got the ball to their front three quickly.

“Our players won’t come up against forwards like that every week, although we didn’t play as well as we can.

“Washington’s forwards are certainly First Division quality, and if they get promoted – which I think they will – I’m sure they will get more players in to become a First Division side.

“No team in this league will have forwards like them. The forwards were the difference.”

One positive for Shields was Stephen Ramsey’s goal, which briefly got them back into the game at 2-1.

Ramsey came on as a substitute at Washington after Adam Sharp’s strong performance in the League Cup at Penrith, and King admitted he felt his side were back in the game when the striker scored.

He added: “It was good for Stephen to get a goal.

“I left him out because of how well Adam Sharp did at Penrith, and because Stephen is suspended for the FA Vase game against Whitley Bay on Saturday.

“He got the goal and I thought we were back in the game at that point.

“We then gave away the third goal, though, which was disappointing.

“I thought we had a real chance at 2-1. They then got their third goal, which was a killer.

“We didn’t play anywhere near as well as we can in the game, but last season, I think it might have been five or six.

“Overall, it wasn’t great, but you have to remember who we were playing against.”