Match Report

Tow Law Town vs Billingham Synthonia

Match Report: 2/11/19
Tow Law Town 2, Billingham Synthonia 0

Ebac Northern League Division 2

Tow Law Town: Graham, Shields, Patison, B Smith, McLean, Harvey, Knowles, J Smith, Teasdale (c), Milburn, Ramsey. Subs; Pearson, Oldfield, Atkinson, Graham, Colling.
Billingham Synthonia: Orton (c), Salmon, Dobie (Rowe-Gill), Myers, Bashir, Popple, O'Connor, Slater, Smith (Gowan), Bruton (Bligh). Unused Subs; Dunn, Sakouvogui.

With no game being played last weekend due to poor weather conditions, Synners players will have been itching to get back on the pitch. The positive side to this is that the coaching staff have had more time on the training ground, working on weaknesses that were exposed by FC Hartlepool in the last game.

There was an early chance for Synners after Alex Bruton was played down the left-hand side. The winger cut into the box and look to hit a shot across goal using the outside of his boot. The shot was hit straight at the keeper and at a good height for Shields to catch the ball.

The home side almost took a surprise lead against the run of play. Adam Knowles played a long ball from his own half that landed straight at the feet of Lewis Teasdale. The striker turned to face goal and pulled a shot off just inside the area. Orton was equal to the effort and made an impressive save diving to his right and pushing the ball away from danger.

Josh Smith had a long range effort saved after he twist and turned in the opponents half, avoiding challenges and turning the Tow Law defence inside out. He saw sight of goal and hit a shot from around 25 yards. The effort had Shields worried who had to make a sudden dive to his bottom left to push the shot away from danger.

Synners had one last chance before half time coming from a freekick on the edge of the box. The freekick was hit over the crossbar by Alex Bruton and both teams went in goalless at the break.

Half-time: Tow Law Town 0, Synners 0

The second half started with an early chance for Tow Law after Lewis Teasdale was played through on goal for a second clear chance of the game. The striker saw Orton rushing off his line and tried to hit the ball over Orton while on the bounce. The effort went high and wide but early warning signs were clear to see.

This time it was Tow Law looking the most likely to grab the first goal of the game. Milburn was played through down the right after a through ball deceived Dobie, going straight through the defenders legs. Milburn hit a low ball across the box but no one was able to get onto the end of it.

Some good link up play between Dobie and Smith in the middle of the field made space for Smith to pick out a pass just a few yards from the box. He played Alex Bruton in who made a Crossfield run along the 18 yard line and was seemingly brought down just on the outskirts of the penalty area. The referee blew his whistle, but not for a Synners freekick. The referee adjudged Bruton of diving and instead pointed for a defensive indirect freekick.

Although, the referee did award Synners a freekick in a dangerous position after Tom Bligh was brought down during an attacking run from the left. The freekick hit straight into the keepers hands.

The deadlock was finally broken by Tow Law in the 74th minute after a long punt to the back post was flicked back across goal by Lewis Teasdale. Waiting in the 6 yard box was DALE MILBURN who finished the move by tucking the ball into the back of the net. It was a sickening blow for Synners, the longer the game developed, it was clear that the first goal was going to be a decisive one. Tow Law 1, 0 Synners.

The first goal paved way for a second with Tow Law taking a 2 goal lead so late in the game. Milburn spotted the overlapping run from Fraser Colling who played a one-two with Milburn which created space to get a cross into the box. The number 18 pulled the ball back from the by-line and LEWIS TEASDALE was running into the area, smashing the ball past Orton. Tow Law 2, 0 Synners.

Tow Law had the opportunity to wrap the game up with a couple more goals, but some good saves from Orton and some equally poor finishing kept the score at 2-0.

Full-time: Tow Law Town 2, Synners 0

Referee: Mr T Ross, Assistants: J Oswell, K Walton.

Attendance: 63