Match Report 20/11/19
Billingham Synthonia 0, Redcar Athletic 4
Comtek Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup 2nd Round
Billingham Synthonia: Heslin, Garrity, Dobie, Slater, Carling (C), Popple, Salmon (Bligh), Boyle (Garton), Earl, Dickinson (O'Connor), Bruton. Unsused Subs; Bashir, Myers.
Redcar Athletic: Lawrence, Jackson, Farrington, Woodhouse (C), Browne, Bythway, Taylor, Rivis, Hannah (Wilson), Lavan (Skelton), Webster (Wood). Unused Subs; Bennett, Redman.
Synners faced Redcar Athletic in the Ernest Armstrong Memorial Cup on Wednesday night, with both teams aiming to secure a place in the next round. After a strong start from Redcar the away side took the lead in the 5th minute through SAM WEBSTER. The attacker was played through on goal before hitting a shot from the edge of the area which nestled in the top left corner. Synners 0, 1 Redcar.
Bradlee Popple made an impressive goal-line clearance when Lee Bythway rounded Heslin, leaving the goalkeeper on the floor. Bythway had an open goal but Popple raced back and made a sliding interception to prevent the ball crossing the line.
Redcar took a two goal lead inside the 14th minute after KALLUM HANNAH hit a shot from just inside the area, which took a deflection sending it over Heslin, despite the keeper initially reading the shot correctly. Synners 0, 2 Redcar.
The home side did create opportunities beyond this point, a memorable chance coming from a Chris Salmon cross after he found Alex Bruton inside the penalty area. Bruton caught the shot on the volley which look destined for the net, but a cluster of Redcar bodies jumped in front of the effort sending it wide.
Last week's hat-trick hero Danny Earl tried his luck from distance, hitting a 30 yard effort which was tipped just wide by Lawrence. Synners were still determined to get themselves back into the game despite two early set-backs.
The final goal of the half came from JOE TAYLOR in the 28th minute when he hit a first time effort to the keepers bottom left. The effort was hit from around 25 yards out, with the keeper not expecting the effort from that distance. The coaching staff were thankful when the half-time whistle came, with a chance transmitting some motivation for the second-half. Synners 0, 3 Redcar.
Half-time: Synners 0, Redcar Athletic 3
Bligh and Garton came on for the beginning of the second-half with hopes of making a quick impact. The first real chance of the half went to the home side after Danny Earl picked Dickinson out at the back post with a well-executed cross. Dickinson hit the ball on the volley but opted to use his thigh making the chance all more difficult to take. The effort sailed wide of the near post.
After using his strength well on the half-way line, Tom Bligh muscled a Redcar player to the floor before continuing his run towards the penalty area. Bligh attempted to dink an effort over the keeper who was caught off his line. Unfortunately the effort flew over the crossbar and Synners remained goalless.
Redcar scored their 4th and final goal when MICHAEL WOODHOUSE latched onto a Joseph Taylor cross, hitting the ball that just slipped under Heslin on the greasy surface. Redcar had controlled the game well overall, with the score line reflecting their impressive performance. Synners 0, 4 Redcar.
Synners had one last chance to get a consolation goal when Tom Bligh tried a cheeky robonna to cross the ball into the area. It looked good initially put the keeper was out to catch with ease and the attack came to an end. A disappointing result on the night, but all attention returns the league on Saturday, when Synners play Heaton Stannington at home.
Full-time: Synners 0, Redcar Athletic 4
Referee: Mr K Barron, Assistants: C Donnelly, M Hobson.
by James McDonald
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