Chromasport United Counties League
Published 3rd May 2012
....scoring another four at Daventry United in the ChromaSport & Trophies United Counties League Premier Division last Saturday.
“They haven’t been clean for some time,” he told The Hunts Post.
It has been an astonishing season for former Needingworth Colts player who will turn 20 later this month. Those four goals shot him straight to the top of the UCL Premier Division’s `golden boot` table.
Having scored forty-eight goals in forty-eight appearances this season, Washington has shaken off the competition of Russ Dunkley at Long Buckby and Jason Turner at King’s Lynn Town to top the division’s goalscorers’ table and win the league’s `golden boot` award.
Now St Ives, who will finish the season in third place behind those two clubs, will face a fight to keep hold of their star man during the summer.
“Jez Hall and Warren Everdell gave me my chance when I was 16,” Washington said. “It’s refreshing to be playing for managers who are willing to give young players a chance. They have done it again this season with Max Roberts, he was brilliant when asked to stand in for the captain Lee Ellison in midfield against Stewarts & Lloyds.
“I’m sure there were those with reservations but he was outstanding that day and scored a great goal.”
Joint manager Everdell was Washington’s coach at school when he was 10. After the Needingworth team he was playing for became a St Ives Rangers team, the striker found himself playing for the club’s under-18s. It was then that the two managers spotted his potential.
Now Football League scouts are sniffing around - but Washington says that hasn’t affected his game. “Once I cross that line on to the pitch it is all about the three points,” he said. “I don’t really think about anything else.
“The whole squad has had that attitude this season and that’s why we have done so well. We are a real team at St Ives.
“To be closing in on ninety points with a game to go and to not be challenging at the top is crazy. But this season has been absolutely brilliant.”
As well as finishing in its highest position ever, the club also had its best ever run in the FA Vase, reaching the quarter finals of the national competition before disappointingly losing 3-0 to Stavely Miners Welfare on the outskirts of Chesterfield.
Last week, with a handful of games still left to play, the managers decided to dip into the under-18s pool again to get through the crowded run-in. But with that third place already cemented, Hall and Everdell will have taken the 6-0 midweek defeat at Newport Pagnell Town with a pinch of salt.
That result put an end to an eight-game winning run, but last Saturday, at Daventry, Washington and a few of the other big fish were back and, in his dirty boots, the young striker took his tally of goals to thirteen in April.
There was also a rare headed goal for Jamie Alsop, and one for experienced ex-pro Junior McDougald. “Conor was sensational,” said Hall. “He ripped them apart.”