Match Report

West Allotment Celtic vs Billingham Synthonia

Match Report: 24/8/19
West Allotment Celtic 8, Billingham Synthonia 2

Ebac Northern League Division 2

West Allotment Celtic: Hodgson, Thompson, Leech, Forster, Burns, Errington(c), Baxter, Chapim, Hayton, Jones, Salim. Subs; Trodd, Higgins, Parkinson, Carney, Bates. 
Billingham Synthonia: Heslin, Mcharg, Dobie, Dickson, Joseph (Anderson) (Johnston), Cobain, Garton(c), Boyle, Nyamamaro (Dunn), Travers, Slater. Sub not used; Orton. 

Saturday's game against West Allotment introduced Wayne Nyamayaro into the first team. The 16 year old academy player started the game to make his debut. The debutant was hoping to make an impact against the team sitting top of the league. Another Academy product Aaron Johnston also made an appearance off the bench later in the game.

The first 25 minutes of the game made for an eventful match with both teams creating chances on goal. The home side were first to threaten when Shane Jones had a shot from distance but Heslin judged the bounce and saved well. Moments later Mikel Thompson crossed the ball to Salim who scuffed his shot and missed a great opportunity.

Synthonia replied to the early pressure by creating a chance through Foster Garton. Garton displayed good footwork on the edge of the area before finding himself only a few yards out from goal. Before the attacker could get his shot off a defender was able to get a challenge in and cleared for a corner.

Synners were playing some good football and were showing their ability to compete with the team sitting top of the league. In the 8th minute of the game Synners created a promising 2nd attack when Wayne Nyamayaro took the ball past the defender with ease but his shot was tipped over the bar by the West Allotment keeper.

Soon after this opportunity, Michael Joseph was caught by a late challenge and his game was over shortly. This was perhaps an early turning point of the game as the home side scored from their next attack. A low cross was hit into the penalty area and MATTHEW HAYTON was there to slip the effort home. West Allotment 1-0 Synners.

In the 23rd minute Synners responded and got themselves back level. Cobain played a long ball towards LIAM TRAVERS who controlled the ball before chipping it over Hodgson. The goal was Traver's first since joining the club last week. The goal gave Billingham a foot back into the game with the hope of gaining some momentum. West Allotment 1-Synners 1.

The rest of the half was quiet with both teams remaining organised. A moment of complacency in the 40th minute gave West Allotment the chance to recover their lead. A misplaced pass from Cobain fell to the feat of MATTHEW HAYTON who was able to slip the ball past Heslin for his 2nd of the game. West Allotment 2-1 Synners.

The home team hit another blow before half time when SHANE JONES smashed the ball past Heslin from just outside the box. The shot was hard and low travelling through bodies which made the keepers job harder. Within a couple of moments West Allotment had a 2 goal lead to take into half time.

Half-time: West Allotment Celtic 3, Synners 1

Synners will have been hoping to score early in the 2nd half to get back into the game immediately. Unfortunately, it was the home side who created a chance just a minute after the break. Another mix up at the back for Synners created on opportunity for HAYTON who latched onto the ball and hits it into the back of the net for the hat-trick. West Allotment 4-1 Synners.

In the 53rd minute Boyle ran onto the end of a pass and was through on goal with only the goalkeeper in his way. The attack proved to be meaningless as the linesman flagged for a controversial offside. Synners were demonstrating they had enough ability to match the team at the top of the able. Conceding a goal early on and seeing refereeing decisions go against them clearly deflated the side mentally. This proved to be costly as West Allotment dominated the rest of the half and significantly contributed to their goal tally.

In the 56th minute the home side were awarded a free kick 30 yards out from goal. MICHAEL BAXTER stepped up and curled a great effort into the top corner. Heslin could do nothing to prevent the goal. West Allotment 5-1 Synners.

The next goal came just a minute later when ABUBARKER SALIM chased a through ball before dinking the effort over Heslin. West allotment 6-1 Synners. The home side strike again in the 62nd minute to make the scored 7-1 and it was BAXTER who got his 2nd of the game. The attacker was able to take the ball around the keeper before passing it into an empty net. West Allotment 7-1 Synners.

The home side controlled the game before the referee called for a water break in the 75th minute. This was an opportunity for Synners to reorganise and at least finish the game strongly.

As West Allotment continued to apply pressure, they managed to get an 8 th goal in the 83rd minute. MIKEL THOMPSON took the ball past the Synners defence before smashing the shot past Heslin and into the bottom corner. West Allotment 8-1 Synners.

In injury time DANNY BOYLE got a consolation goal for Synners when he took the ball around Hodgson and played the ball into an empty net. West Allotment 8-2 Synners.

The referee blew for full-time immediately after the goal. Synners will look to respond with a strong performance in their FA Vase qualifier against Whitehaven.

Full-time: West Allotment Celtic 8, Synners 2

Referee: Mr D Ranson, Assistants: E Cowans, J Gray.

Attendance: 83

by James McDonald

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