Match report: Connor Lamb
Brandon hit Washington for five
Brandon United are to go into the enforced break on the back of an impressive 0-5 win at Washington on Wednesday night.
Kieran Alderson put Brandon ahead inside the opening 10 minutes, and the same man doubled the visitors’ lead in the 43rd minute.
Robert White scored Brandon’s third 40 seconds later, and then second half goals from Wayne Whitfield and Kai Hewitson made sure of the win for the visitors.
Upon kick-off, Brandon created their first chance in just the third minute. White went for goal from quite a distance out, and his shot was only slightly too high.
At the other end, Washington’s Joe Hassanin had an effort crucially blocked for a corner, and Alex Dobinson’s resulting corner almost went directly in. Decklan Greenwood in the Brandon goal was forced into a decent save to keep it out.
In the ninth minute, Brandon broke the deadlock. Kieran Gohery’s crossfield ball created a big chance, and an original effort bounced back off the post, but Alderson was there to convert the rebound.
As Washington looked for a response, a deep free-kick found Brad Chisholm, but he could only poke an effort wide.
Brandon were looking the brighter and in control, and in the 19th minute, a big decision from the referee denied them of a big chance. A long ball over the top played Chris Tarn in, and he charged down on goal before being brought down by a very clumsy challenge from the last man. It was most a certainly a foul and probably a red card, but unbelievably, referee Alex Ferriday didn’t even see it as a foul.
As the first half wore on, Washington were seeing more of the ball, but they weren’t creating much with it. Brandon were content with their lead.
Only five minutes of the first half remained by the time of the next note worthy chance. Jak Hanson found room on the edge of the penalty area to shoot for Washington, but his effort could only force a comfortable save from Greenwood.
In the 43rd minute, Brandon doubled their lead. A cross was cleared as far as Alderson 20 yards from goal, and spotting Washington goalkeeper Harry Archer out of position and off his line, Alderson cushioned a first time effort over the ‘keeper and into the top corner.
Forty seconds later, Brandon scored their third. Reece Brown and Tarn linked up resulting with a low ball across goal, and that ball found the unmarked White who converted a simple finish.
Washington had a few corners as the first half came to a close, but they couldn’t create any chances, and they went into the break with plenty of work to do.
Less than four minutes into the second half, the crossbar denied Washington of a possible route back into the game. Hanson took aim from about 22 yards, and his effort crashed back off the crossbar with the ‘keeper beaten.
However, that would prove to be as close as Washington went to scoring.
In the 52nd minute, Tarn’s perfectly weighted ball for Brandon played Brown in, but a defender slid in and did enough to deflect Brown’s shot behind for a corner.
Ten minutes into the second half, a ball across goal looked to give Chisholm a good chance for the hosts, but he couldn’t control the ball six yards from goal and the chance went.
Just before the hour mark, Brandon scored their fourth. Brown whipped a dangerous free-kick into the penalty area, and it was cleared as far as Whitfield in the D. His low shot took a wicked deflection to wrong foot the goalkeeper before nestling into the net.
Following a couple of substitutions and eight minutes after their fourth, Brandon scored a fifth. A rather simple cross was totally missed by a Washington defender, and it fell to Hewitson on the edge of the penalty area. He took the ball under his control before drilling an effort high into the net.
The result was now beyond any doubt.
Washington did have a couple of scuffed shots dart wide with around quarter of an hour to play, but they never looked like scoring.
From the resulting goal kick, Washington went straight up the other end and a similar effort darted not far over the crossbar.
Hanson then shot wide for Washington, before numerous dangerous Brandon attacks all came to nothing.
Deep into injury time, a Washington effort was fired straight at Greenwood, but much like Brandon’s night, it was comfortable.
Full-time: Washington 0-5 Brandon United
Decklan Greenwood, Kieran Gohery, Jai Grant, Harry Thompson, Glenn Caygill, Kieran Alderson, Rob White, Wayne Whitfield, Chris Tarn, Nathan Plews, Reece Brown
Scott Johnson, Kai Hewiston, David Mitchell, Isam Mohamad, Chris Gregory
Kieran Alderson X2