Bishops came into this game on the back of a seven game unbeaten run facing 6th place Washington who are in their first season in the First Division following their promotion from the Second Division.
Washington began brightly having much of the early possession and on 7 minutes Conor Okus crossed the ball for former Bishops forward John Butler to fire just wide. Butler again went close on 11 minutes when he broke free from the Bishops defence and it took a good save from Ed Wilczynski to prevent him scoring.
Bishops started to get more into the game and on 17 minutes Scott McCarthy went close. However on 20 minutes Washington made it hard for themselves when Joe Walton was given a straight red for a foul on Bishops’ Hoganson who required lengthy treatment before being able to resume playing.
Bishops took the lead on 33 minutes when Thompson laid the ball off to McCarthy whose shot was blocked and top scorer Andrew Johnson was in the right place to score his 26th league goal of the season. Washington had the opportunity to level the score on 39 minutes but Mark Davison’s shot was brilliantly saved by Ed Wilczynski.
In the Second Half despite being down to 10 men Washington always looked as if they could cause an upset. Sam Orritt went close on 55 minutes and soon after Washington’s Winn turned two Bishop defenders to cross the ball for Butler to head just over the bar.
On 77 minutes Bishop increased their lead when Johnson attacked the Washington goal and slipped the ball to Sam Orritt who slipped the ball past Carmichael from 6 yards.
Bishops played well against a hard working Washington side and on 76 minutes good work from Orritt saw Scott McCarthy firing past the Carmichael but the ball went just wide of the post for Bishops last real chance of the game.
Bishops: Wilczynski, Thompson, Hoganson, Purewal, Colquhoun, Griffiths, Orritt, Jury (Smith), Johnson, Woodhouse (Nicholls), McCarthy (Ward)
Subs (Not Used); Jobling, Zambra