Match Report: 6/12/17
Hartlepool United 4, Billingham Synthonia 3
Durham Challenge Cup 2nd Round
Synthonia travelled to Hartlepool United in the Durham County Cup and lost out by the odd goal in a 7-goal thriller.
Hartlepool United: Catterick, Richardson, Adams(c), Millar, Bayne (Orrell), Owen, Hawkes, Hawkins, Rodney, Adeloye, Travers (Boyle). Subs not used; Jackson, Cooper.
Billingham Synthonia: Dawson, Nelson (Tunstall), Gavin, Dinsdale(c), Rowe (Garton), Gaston, Jackson, Hillerby, Jewson, Wood, Kelly. Subs not used; Hindmarch, Beblowski.
Billingham opened the scoring early on when a 6th minute Jordan Jewson free-kick from the right came to LEWIS WOOD at the back post who netted. The hosts hit back with a leveller in the 34th minute with TOMI ADELOYE playing a one-two to split the defence and score.
Hartlepool were reduced to ten-men before the break when Devante Rodney was shown a straight red for a challenge on Alex Nelson which left him on crutches. Synners regained the lead in first half added-on time with WOOD firing in a ball from Jewson.
Half-time: Hartlepool United 1, Synners 2
The hosts tied the game up again when in the 52nd minute LEWIS HAWKINS was given space to run at goal and send in a good strike past keeper James Dawson. Again Billingham regained the advantage with WOOD claiming his hat-trick after seeing home close range Jewson's shot.
Pools then scored two goals in two minutes to turn the game on its head with a header from ADELOYE in the 57th minute and a 59th minute JOSH HAWKES goal seeing them into the next round.
Full-time: Hartlepool United 4, Synners 3
Referee: Mr S Sugden