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Saturday 27th April 2013
Washington travelled to Alnwick last Saturday for the final game of the 2012/13 Season. The Northumberland club, who were still battling to avoid relegation, were playing their 1000th Northern League game and received a commemorative presentation from League Chairman Mike Amos before the kick-off. The fired-up home team attacked from the outset and after only 7 minutes opened the scoring. A low shot from Jon Colley found the bottom corner of the Washington net. Washington responded with a shot from Mark Patterson that flew just wide of the target. Alnwick were dominating and in the 22nd minute extended their lead. Colley was again on the mark. Washington pulled a goal back on the half-hour mark when a fierce drive from Dean Walker gave home keeper Brian Brookes no chance to save. A well placed through pass from Nick Evans then gave Patterson a chance for an equaliser, but Brooks did well to save. Just before the break Colley scored a third Alnwick goal, and completed his hat-trick, with a well- placed header. Goals continued to flow in the second half with Kieran Hogg striking for the home side then Walker scoring a fine individual goal for Washington. In the 68th minute Ben Keenan scored a fifth Alnwick goal, when he thumped a powerful right- foot shot high into the Washington net. Chris Tate twice came close to reducing the arrears for Washington, first shooting just past a post then having a low shot brilliantly saved by Brookes. Alnwick held on to take the points and probably avoid relegation. Despite the defeat Washington were able to reflect on an enjoyable season, with Manager Richie Latimer and Coach Nick Evans making a presentation to Player of the Year – Goalkeeper – Chris Bannon.
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