Late fade-out again and this time it costs City PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

rob mccartney.pngNot for the first time so early in the season, Carlisle City were left to rue defensive frailties.

Twice in the lead against Washington in the Northern League Division Two at Gillford Park, they had to settle for a 2-2 draw.

A shame really, because this was an entertaining game of football and at times City played some excellent stuff.

Washington were resilient opponents and despite going behind, knuckled down and battled back for a share of the points.

In fact City, in the end, were fortunate not to have conceded a third goal which would have condemned them to a first home defeat.

By the same token they had several chances again similar to the weekend to put the game a little further out of reach but failed to take the opportunities that came their way.

So on 85 minutes, as Washington finished the stronger of the two teams, Stuart Cameron fired home to earn the visitors a share of the points.

The game had started slowly but right from the off a very physical and sometimes ill-tempered encounter developed when referee Cameron Atkins certainly had his hands full.

Even with the physical aspect of the game always prevalent City played some eye-catching football with several moments of brilliance from the outstanding Keighley Kerr.

It was Kerr who supplied the first finish after 12 minutes. After some great build-up play and several half- hearted attempts at goal the ball fell kindly to Kerr who fired home.

Washington struggled last season but this time round look a better mix of youth and experience.

Despite going behind they were up for the challenge and they came into the game.

In the 37th minute, after some dogged work in midfield, little midfielder Jak Hanson was beginning to show some quality and when he let fly on a loose ball Sam Henderson the City keeper could do nothing.

Washington continued to throw their weight around and at least one hefty challenge should have produced some form of punishment but the referee continued to be unmoved.

The game, however, did finally settle down and the 100 in the crowd were treated to an excellent spell of good football from both sides with City beginning to dominate.

Manager Jim Nichols would have enjoyed the build-up play which led to a superb finish by Rob McCartney to put City back into the lead.

After this City just seemed to take their foot off the pedal and allowed Washington to come slowly back into the game and not only that they began to dominate the midfield and push City further back in a re-run of Saturday’s game with Esh Winning.

They were unlucky not to have equalised after 67 minutes when a loose ball was fired towards goal and appeared to take a deflection dropping just over the crossbar.

They pressed and pressed and again a fine bit of passage led to a quick fired strike towards goal that was tipped round the foot of the post by Henderson.

Just like Saturday the defence dropped deeper and deeper. This time, however, they were punished.

The City back-line had several opportunities to clear but failed to do so and the inevitable happened on the 85th minute when the unmarked Cameron pounced to give Washington a deserved equalizer.


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