04 Sep 2021 in Match Reports
Albion bounced back to winning ways in impressive style as they dismantled Washington by seven goals to nil at Ford Quarry.
Washington 0-7 RACA
A rampant RACA bounced back from Wednesday’s thrashing to dish out some punishment of their own as they put 10-man Washington to the sword at ease at Ford Quarry.
First-half braces from Callum Turnbull and Konner Lamb gave Albion a comfortable advantage at the break and strikes from Joe Thompson, Rhys McLeod and Ben Tait completed the rout.
Manager Dan Iredale demanded a reaction from his players after the 4-1 drubbing to Willington in midweek; he rang in the changes, with Umpha Koroma, Konner Lamb, Oliver Symons and skipper Callum Turnbull coming into the side.
It was the hosts who enjoyed the better of the opening stages and they should have taken the lead on 13 minutes when Jak Hansen crossed to Brad Chisholm, who was as free as a bird inside the Albion area.
The Washy striker scuffed a poor shot wide of Dan Gladstone’s post; a real let-off for a RACA backline who were rarely troubled after that.
Louis Anderson should have broken the deadlock shortly after when Scott Bamborough’s corner found him inside the box. The RACA striker drew a double save out of Dan Mullen as the scores remained level.
Albion began to control the game midway through the first half, with McLeod and Lamb proving to be bright sparks on the flanks.
A highly physical encounter came to a head when Washy midfielder Dillon Clark picked up a second yellow card for a needless challenge on Shaun Pickford.
The midfield counterparts had clashed minutes earlier - with both picking up a caution - and the referee had no choice but to send Clark off when he hacked down the Albion man on the halfway line.
It got from bad to worse for Washington on 34 minutes when Mullen brought down Koroma inside the area to concede a spot-kick.
RACA captain Turnbull stepped up and sent Mullen the wrong way to put the visitors into a commanding position 10 minutes before the break.
Iredale’s troops never retreated from then as Albion used their extra-man advantage to pick off their opponents, and they should have been 2-0 up but for a horror miss from Lamb.
Symons floated a cross into the box that somehow cannoned off the Washington crossbar. Lamb was there from six yards out with the follow-up and - somehow - also managed to hit the bar with the goal at his mercy.
The Albion winger made amends immediately after when he rounded off a lovely Albion counter-attack to bury home into the bottom corner.
The floodgates had opened and RACA added a third when Louis Anderson did brilliantly to keep the ball in play and hook a cross to Michael Laws at the back post. The veteran defender dinked an inviting cross towards the penalty spot and Turnbull was there again to head home.
Albion weren’t finished yet, as Lamb found space 20-yards from goal and whipped a right-footed curler straight into the top corner and past the hapless Mullen.
A ruthless RACA headed into half-time in complete control, with only a miracle being capable of turning this one around for Washington.
The second half saw the arrival of Thompson, who replaced Lamb, and the winger was lively from the offset, playing a neat one-two with Anderson before blasting a left-footed shot inches wide.
He added to the scoreline on the hour mark when he got on the end of McLeod’s right-wing cross to head home from close range.
A rare Washy attack almost saw them score a goal of the season contender when Brad Chisholm tried his luck from the halfway line.
With Gladstone beaten, his effort smashed off the crossbar, a moment that denied one of the best consolation goals you would ever be likely to see.
McLeod looked desperate to get on the scoresheet and he finally got his moment on 83 minutes when he rounded the Washy goalkeeper and slotted home into an empty net.
It was a goal that was well-deserved and rounded off a lively performance from the Albion youngster, who bagged his fourth goal of the season.
Debutant Tait gave the NE40 faithful a glimpse of things to come as scored late on to round off a convincing victory on away soil.
The full-time whistle confirmed a healthy win for the boys in yellow and blue, who bounced back to winning ways in emphatic style at Ford Quarry.
A tricky trip to Boldon awaits on Tuesday night as Albion take on their second of three away games in the Northern League’s second tier.
Starting XI: Gladstone, brown, Laws, Turnbull, Symons, Bamborough, Koroma, Pickford, Lamb, McLeod, Anderson
RACA Fans’ Man of the Match: Rhys McLeod