Washington 3 Alnwick Town 2
Northern League, Division Two
Alnwick Town went home frustrated after Mark Davison’s late penalty snatched all three points for Washington – six minutes into second-half injury-time.
The St James’ Park side were left wondering how and why the referee added so many minutes on to the end of Saturday’s topsy-turvy clash.
Davison’s last-gasp winner was cruel on a spirited Town, who matched their promotion-chasing opponents.
Indeed, Derek Atwell’s men, who sit 17th in Division Two, had battled back from a goal down to lead 2-1 with 20 minutes to go, thanks to a Stephen Hogg brace.
But the north Northumberland side would be undone by two Davison penalties, as third-placed Washington stole the victory.
Town, who ironically went into the game on the back of snatching a 94th-minute draw against Brandon United last week, included two mid-week signings for the trip to Washington. Luc Glasper has come in from Bedlington while Kieran Egen moved from Ashington.
On paper, it looked like Alnwick would be lambs to the slaughter, pitting one of the league’s leakiest defences against a Washington side who are the division’s highest scorers.
Yes, there were goals. But Town put up one hell of a fight.
Washington had the game’s first chance, but Glasper saved Chris Winn’s effort.
At the other end, Adam Shanks cut in between two defenders before unleashing a shot which Martin Jackson had to be at full stretch to save. The keeper saved well from the same player soon after.
Washington went ahead in the 20th minute when Winn made space at the far post to fire home.
Despite the setback, Alnwick were creating chances and their efforts were rewarded a few minutes before half-time when a good pass down the middle was controlled by Hogg who outpaced the home defence and powered in his shot from 15 yards.
Alnwick continued in the same manner at the start of the second period, creating a number of half-chances.
Hosts Washington weren’t out of it though and Winn and James Cassidy tested Glasper.
Shanks was proving dangerous and his cross-shot scraped the far post. Jake Lowes then ghosted in to head just wide.
Town took the lead in the 70th minute thanks to a stunner from Hogg, who fired in a shot from outside the area.
The visitors could only hold the advantage for a couple of minutes. Washington were awarded a spotkick, much to the annoyance of Town, and Davison converted to level the scores.
It looked as though Town would hold out for a well-deserved point, but they were scuppered in the sixth of eight added minutes when Davison scored his second penalty. The visitors were perplexed by the length of injury-time and questioned where the referee had got it from.
The match was a contrast to last week’s game when a late goal of their own rescued a point at bottom side Brandon United.
Alnwick are at home to Thornaby on Saturday (3pm).
Alnwick: L Glasper, R Douglas, R Hume (D Lowes), R Straughan, T Macpherson, K Egen, D Riddell, T Brown, A Shanks, S Hogg, J Lowes (G Mbiavanga). Subs: S Straker, D Palmer, D Atwell.