Match Report: 5/9/2020
Easington Colliery 2, Billingham Synthonia 1
Ebac Northern League Division 2
Easington Colliery: Lawrence, Barrow (Nicholson), Turnbull, Todd, Garside, McGoldrick, Watson (Pearson), Middleton, Devlin, Home-Jackson, Adamson. Unused Subs: Pearn, Turn Ashton.
Billingham Synthonia: Simpson, Garton, Stephenson, Croft (Ward), Johnson, Bailey, Scaife-Wheatley (C), Rowe (Bielby), Chapman, Jackson, K Howes. Unused Subs; Morrison, Rafiq.
Synners started their 2020/21 campaign with a narrow defeat at Easington Colliery.
After a fairly quiet opening 15 minutes it was Easington who opened the scoring when in the 21st minute a cross from the left picked out JOSH HOME-JACKSON who shot home from ten yards out.
Synthonia responded immediatley and were level within a minute as DANNY CHAPMAN in space on the left ran in on goal and lobbed tha ball over advancing keeper Alex Lawrence and in.
The home side soon re-gained the lead though as a 26th minute free-kick wide left from SIMON TODD went over a packed box and floated into the net over keeper Ollie Simpson.
Billingham had a great chance to level again when James Rowe saw his shot beaten away by Lawrence; Terry Stephenson latched onto the loose ball, but could only fire over.
Half-time: Easington Colliery 2, Synners 1
A 64th minute move for Synners saw Chapman cross from the right for Rowe, but Lawrence came out on top with a save. Lawrence again denied Synthonia as Ben Jackson shot from inside the box, the keeper making a smart save.
Billingham continued to probe as Chapman went in on goal, but saw his effort just wide of the target. Easington responded as Home-Jackson shot wide from in front of goal.
As the game entered added-on time a Chapman cross was met by the head of Scaife-Wheatley with the ball heading in before Lawrence saved well. From the corner, a Synners goal bound effort was deliberately 'saved' on the line by defender Niall McGoldrick. Red card for McGoldrick, penalty to Synners. Chapman stepped up to take the spot-kick, but Lawrence guessed the right way and saved to give the hosts the points.
Full-time: Easington Colliery 2, Synners 1
Referee: S Thorburn, Assistants: P Lauder, R Moore.