Match Report: 22/9/18
Billingham Synthonia 2, Birtley Town 2
Ebac Northern League Division 2
Billingham Synthonia: Roberts, Tiffany, Joynes, O'Connor, Frazer, Howes, Wilson, Pollock(c), Raby (Smith), Reader (O'Hara), Garton. Subs not used; Heslin, Watson, Gnaglo.
Birtley Town: Bolton, S Hay, Guy, Soulsby, Lane (Smith), White, Quigley, Honour, Barwick, N Hay(c), McEwan (Tanoh). Subs not used; Fenwick, Hood, Alsopp.
Billingham had to settle for a point after letting a two-goal lead slip with all the goals coming in the second half.
Synners had chances to score in the first half with a Charlie Raby corner from the left seeing Ben Pollock's header well saved by visiting keeper Jordan Bolton. Matthew Wilson then forced a save out of Bolton before another Raby corner saw James Frazer shoot narrowly over the bar.
Half-time: Synners 0, Birtley Town 0
Synthonia opened the scoring in the 66th minute as MATTHEW WILSON took a short corner on the right and recieved the ball back off Pollock; the midfielder went past a defender and found the far corner of the net with his shot.
Synners gave themselves a two-goal cushion in the 75th minute with Pollock sending a through ball to debutant substitute CONNOR SMITH who shot home past the advancing keeper.
Birtley pulled a goal back two minutes later in the 77th minute through JOSEPH BARWICK and then levelled the game up in the 80th minute with substitute RICARDO TANOH capitalising after a Synners defensive mix-up.
The visitors were reduced to ten men in added-on time when Martin Guy was dismissed following a challenge.
Full-time: Synners 2, Birtley Town 2
Referee: Mr J Brown Assistants: M Hobson, N Stephenson.