Match Report: 11/9/19
Heaton Stannington 3, Billingham Synthonia 2
Brooks Mileson Memorial Northern League Cup Group A
Heaton Stannington: Ball, Stoddart, Hall, Blackbourne (Ray), Middleton, Bailey, Walker, Charmey (c), Wright, Hoggins (Boyd), Kerridge (Sayer). Unused subs: Imray, Mason.
Billingham Synthonia: Orton, Garton(c), Popple, Dickson (O'Connor), McHarg (Dobie), Cobain, Wilson (Dunn), Boyle, Slater, Bruton. Unused Subs: Heslin, Myers.
Wednesday evening saw Synners turn their attention to the League Cup. They came up against Heaton Stannington who sit a couple of places behind Synners in the league table. Both teams are ambitious and will be hoping to progress in the cup competitions simultaneous to the league.
The home side were off to a quick start when they managed to score in the opening minute of the game. Early pressure resulted in a corner which was met by the head of LEE MIDDLETON. The defender put Stannington in front early on, but Synners had the whole game to get themselves back into it. Heaton 1, 0 Synners.
Synners defence composed themselves after the early set back and reduced Heaton to half chances. In the 10th minute Joseph Kerridge fired a shot from 35 yards out that looked destined for the top corner. Orton got across well and made an impressive save to prevent Heaton from going 2 goals ahead.
It was almost an own goal that got Synners back into the game. A cross into the 6 yard box from Slater was met by Blackbourne who almost chested the ball into his own net. The defender was able to direct the ball narrowly wide of the post and out for a corner. Synners were beginning to feel comfortable and playing with confidence. They were creating chances in dangerous areas, and it wasn't long until their efforts were rewarded.
In the 21st minute a long throw into the box was met by the head of DANNY BOYLE who's effort went in off the post. Heaton had shown signs that they were struggling to deal with balls into the box, and Synners persistence finally got them an equaliser. Heaton 1, 1 Synners.
In the 32nd minute, ALEX BRUTON was able to put Synners in front. After being brought down in the box, Bruton got to his feet and managed to rifle the ball past the goalkeeper to make it 2-1 Synners. While many players were appealing for a penalty, Bruton kept his composure and finished the chance well.
The rest of the half was end-to-end with both teams creating half chances for themselves. After going a goal behind early on, Synners went into the break 2-1 up at half time.
Half-time: Heaton Stannington 1, Synners 2
The first notable chance of the second half came from Cobain as he made a run from his own half and struck an effort from 25 yards. The effort went just wide of the post and would have been a spectacular way to begin the second half.
In the 65th minute Stan thought they had a second goal. The ball was headed into the net, and the players were off celebrating before the referee signalled for a defensive freekick. It was a let off for Synners, as the referee adjudged the attacker of committing a foul before heading home. The score remained 2-1.
After a strong period from Synners, 2 goals in just a few moments turned the game completely on it's head. A freekick floated into the area was pulled back across the penalty area before being slotted home by RYAN BAILEY. This was followed by a third goal for Heaton in the 75th minute, coming from JONATHAN WRIGHT. The striker switched the ball onto his left foot and hit a great effort from 18 yards out into the far corner of the goal. Orton who had made some important saves throughout the night didn't stand a chance of getting to this effort.
Synners had one final chance to equalise before the full-time whistle. A late cross into the box found Jordan Dobie who had time to direct a composed header on goal. Dobie was unmarked but wasn't able to get his effort on target. The last chance of the game went begging and Synners suffered a disappointing 3-2 defeat.
Full-time: Heaton Stannington 2, Synners 3
Referee: Mr S Liddle, Assistants: A Broadbent, A Perros.
by James McDonald