Match Report 12/10/19
Billingham Synthonia 4, Esh Winning 3
Ebac Northern League Division 2
Billingham Synthonia: Orton (C), Bashir, Popple (Myers), O'Connor, Cobain, Oakley, Bligh (Dunn), Boyle, Dickinson (Joseph). Unused subs: Heslin, Gowan.
Esh Winning: Hannant, Summerson (Smith), Swift, Pegram (McCullough), Day, Stoker (C), McClean (Redman), Donaldson, Marley, North, Boakes. Unused Subs: Steele, Goundry.
With the International weekend taking place, Non-League day was the perfect opportunity for football fans to come and show support for their local clubs. Visitors to the game between Synners and Esh Winning will have been delighted to witness a 7 goal thriller in an end-to-end competition.
The game got off to a fast start when TOM BLIGH floated a high ball towards the keeper. The initial effort appeared to be a cross but the goalkeeper spilt the ball into his own net and gave Synners an early lead. Synners 1-0 Esh Winning.
Both teams were creating opportunities going forward, and in the 15th minute Esh Winning were able to pull a goal back. Esh Winning's JAY MCCLEAN forced his way into the area, avoiding a number of challenges from the home defence. He eventually got a shot away after toe poking the ball past Orton with an outstretched leg. Synthonia's defence will have been disappointed that no one was able to make an effective challenge. Orton closed the angle at his near post but McClean was able to place the ball into the far corner. Synners 1-1 Esh Winning.
The away side had a chance to go a goal to the good moments later when Nicholas Marley was through one-on-one with Orton. The keeper rushed out and blocked an early shot from the attacker. The shot packed some punch but Orton stood resolute and sent the effort wide for a corner.
Another attacking move once again coming from Jay McClean created an opportunity for Esh Winning. The attacker was challenged on the edge of the box but the ball kindly fell for Glen Donaldson who hit an effort from the centre of the area and under no pressure. The ball however was hit over the crossbar and did not end up testing Orton.
After preventing the away side form gabbing a second, Synners made the most of their next big opportunity. Slater made a darting run down the left hand side before cutting into the box. He showed great footwork to take it past the defender before pulling it back to Dickinson on the edge of the area. Dickinson played the ball out to Bligh who crossed a perfect ball in and A STRIKER was there to head home. A fantastic passing move from Synners highlighted the quality they possess going forward. Synners 2-1 Esh Winning.
Just as the home side were looking to take a 2-1 lead into half time, Esh Winning were awarded a penalty in the 43rd minute. Jay McClean once again playing a big part as the player came between two players in the penalty area, and appeared to be brought down by both simultaneously. CHANNON NORTH stepped up to take the spot kick and rifled his effort straight down the middle. The half time whistle came with both teams going in level at the break.
Half-time: Synners 2, Esh Winning 2
The second half began with a chance for Esh Winning to grab an early goal. Redman looked to take advantage of a mix up at the back and was alert enough to steal the ball from Bashir before hitting an effort that flew just past the left post. An early warning sign for Synners who almost saw the game turned on its head in a matter of minutes.
Synners took a few moments to settle into the half, but once they did, a spectacular goal from A STRIKER put Synners back in front. An impressive run from Dom O'Connor created an opportunity almost from nothing. O'Connor evaded challenges before passing it to him on the edge of the box. The striker had his back to goal but was able to turn impressively before hitting an effort into the top right corner from just outside the box. Synners 3-2 Esh Winning.
There was another twist in the game when 18th place Esh Winning managed to get a third against Synners to draw level. A freekick crossed into the area fell to JAYVEN REDMAN who was unmarked at the back post and was able to pass the ball underneath Orton for the equaliser. Some poor defending from the home side allowed the striker to take his time before hitting home. Synners 3-3 Esh Winning.
The awareness of Ellis Bashir lead to another chance for Synners. Bashir stole the ball in the middle of the pitch after making an impressive challenge. He then continued to run at the away defence before playing a ball inside to A STRIKER. The striker then continued his way into the area under no pressure and hit a perfect shot into the far left corner. The keeper stayed rooted to the spot and he didn't give him a chance of getting to the effort. Synners 4-3 Esh Winning.
Substitute Dan Myers became a late hero after he made a double goal line clearance to give Synners all 3 points. Redman took the ball round Orton who must have thought he was going to see the striker smash the ball into the back of the net. Myers positioned himself on the goal line and made an impressive block with his leg, the ball then ricocheted to another away player who hit a second shot towards goal but Myers was there again on the stretch to keep the ball out for a second time. The score remained 4-3 and Synners took another big step forward while keeping their unbeaten run alive.
Full-time: Synners 4, Esh Winning 3
Referee: Mr J Arrowsmith, Assistants: D Smith, L Smith.
by James McDonald