Match Report: 3/10/2020
Billingham Synthonia 3, Newcastle University 0
Ebac Northern League Division 2
Billingham Synthonia: Dawson, Johnson, Redman, Bielby, Ward (Simpson (Crainey)), Garton, Morrison, Scaife-Wheatley (C), Bailey, Jackson, K Howes. Unused Subs; Gnaglo, Dixon.
Newcastle University: Dekanski, Redford, Blanch (C), Pennington, Woods (Douglas), Oifoh, Zylko, Veitch (Coates), Browne, Hammett, Chilufya (Wood). Unused Subs; Grantham, Long.
Synthonia earned themselves the three points thanks to three well executed first half goals on a wet afternoon at the Norton Sports Complex.
Synners opened the scoring in the 8th minute when a Ben Jackson run with the ball from the half-way line saw him slot a pass through to KURTIS HOWES in the box who took the ball past keeper Daniel Dekanski before shooting home.
A second Billingham goal came after 17 minutes with Howes turning provider as he found JACK BAILEY who fired a shot into the net.
The University side came close as a ball in from the right saw Stephen Pennington volley towards goal bringiong a smart save out of Billingham keeper James Dawson. In the 40th minute they had a few close range efforts on goal which were resloutely blocked by Dawson and his defenders.
Synners went three up before the break when in the 43rd minute KURTIS HOWES made a run onto a Joe Scaife-Wheatley defence splitting pass and scored with a low shot.
Half-time: Synners 3, Newcastle University 0
An early Synthonia chance after the re-start saw Gary Redman make a strong run forward and play into substitute Joshua Simpson; his shot on goal blocked by Dekanski.
The game settled into a midfield slog as the rainy conditions worsened making the pitch heavy and chances were kept to minimum from both teams.
Newcastle University came close to pulling a goal back with a couple of chances in the last ten miutes as firstly a Keith Douglas shot from the right went past the far post and then a Conrad Zylko shot forced Dawson into a diving save to preserve his clean sheet.
Full-time: Synners 3, Newcastle University 0
Referee: K Corrigan, Assistants: N Godfrey, B Grimes.