WASHINGTON last night set themselves up nicely for Saturday’s attractive FA Cup Preliminary Round tie at home to Lancaster City when they coasted to victory over Whickham in the Ebac Northern League Second Division.
They made a dream start as James Fairley intercepted a back-pass after 10 minutes and fired wide of Whickham goalkeeper John Mordey who was beaten again on 31 minutes by Chris Winn’s clinical finish.
Any hopes Whickham harboured of saving the game just about ended 19 minutes from time as Mark Davison drove a low shot into the bottom of the net to complete a comprehensive 3-0 victory.
Just before the end, Newtowners’ goalkeeper Kyle Barlow was involved in a collision and replaced by Neal Atkinson.
Chester-le-Street also won by a 3-0 margin in the local derby at Birtley Town, who would have gone joint top had they won.
Captain Paul Oxley headed into his own net in the 11th minute and 12 minutes before the interval Ben Johnson also beat home goalkeeper Mark Fish.
With 11 minutes left on the clock it was all over for Birtley when Jordan Fraser headed in goal number three.
In Division One, Dunston UTS came from behind to defeat West Auckland Town by the odd goal in three.
West dominated the opening half and deservedly went ahead although it was unfortunate for Dunston’s Dale Burrell who glanced a header past his own goalkeeper Liam Connell.
It was against the run of play when Burrell provided the cross for David Coulson to equalise on 34 minutes and in the second period, when Dunston stepped up a gear, the pair combined again with Coulson clinching the winner.