Washington 1-1 South Shields
South Shields had to settle for a share of the spoils on Tuesday night as their clash at Washington ended 1-1.
The Mariners had the better of the first half play, and could have easily gone in at half-time comfortably ahead.
Adam Burnicle twice went close as he was denied by Washington keeper Adam McCann on five minutes, and Stephen Ramsey headed a decent chance wide.
Burnicle’s chance five minutes in was arguably the chance of the half, but after being played through by Ramsey the goalkeeper did well to save.
Shields finally got their breakthrough after a sliced clearance from McCann was pounced on by Ramsey, who beat the keeper and then held off a challenge to find the net on 24 minutes.
Kyle Houshby was later denied by McCann, and then Andrew Thompson’s superb overhead kick was cleared off the line after he had headed over the bar minutes earlier.
On the stroke of half-time, with the Mariners piling on the pressure, Ben Riding’s effort was miraculously cleared off the line, and Shields – despite having much the better chances – found themselves just one up at the break.
Washington started the brighter in the second half, and pressed the visitors’ defence.
A shot-cross from the home side from the right flank hit the post on 55 minutes with Jak Wells beaten, before they claimed unsuccessfully for a penalty seven minutes later.
On 69 minutes, Shields did well to clear after Wells dropped a cross, before Washington finally did get their equaliser on 72 minutes.
The Mariners failed to cut off a cross on the right, and it was delivered straight onto the head of former Shields man Chris Winn, who made no mistake in front of goal.
The away side did have one chance to regain their lead, but Ramsey fired a left-foot shot wide from a tight angle 14 minutes from the end.
There was a late scare for Shields after a long-range effort was struck by the home side on 90 minutes, but Wells did excellently to save the shot down low and cling onto the ball.
Overall, the Mariners had the better chances in the game, particularly in the first half, but a draw may have been a fair result given Washington’s improvement after the break.
The draw moves Shields up a place to 13th in Division Two of the Northern League ahead of Saturday’s trip to face North Shields in the Shields derby.