Match Report: 18/8/2021
Billingham Synthonia 3, Bedlington Terriers 3
Ebac Northern League Division 2
Billingham Synthonia: Dixon, Garton, Kay, Banki, Miller, Rowbotham(C), Banks (Howes), Bailey, Henderson, Howard (Fletcher), Mills (Onions). Unused Subs; Gunn, Yaqub.
Bedlington Terriers: Hodgson, Nellis, Turnbull, Hall, Brown, Shepherd (C Stephenson), M Stephenson (Beverley), Fisher, Djalo, Price (Kalimba), Lashley. Unused Subs; Doughty, Westphal.
Synthonia and Bedlington shared the points in a six-goal midweek encounter.
Synners wre out of the blocks quickly and created a chance in the 1st minute when Jack Bailey played right to Foster Garton who sent in a cross for Ciaran Banks; his header though was wide of the target.
After a long range shot from the visitors' Jordan Lashley went wide, Billingham opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Bailey played a defence splitting ball through to BEN HENDERSON who advanced on goal and tucked the ball home at the near post from the right.
Bedlington threatened with a Lashley cross from the left which saw a header just over. Then from a shot from Keelan Nellis which also went just over the bar.
Synners came back into it and should have extended their lead with good chances. A breakaway saw Henderson play in to Banks in the 37th minute; his shot saved by Terriers keeper Robert Hodgson. Two minutes later and Brad Mills sent in a free-kick from the left which evaded everyone and Hodgson was able to tip the ball past the far post. Then a cross from the left found Banks, but he could only divert a header wide.
Bedlington levelled the game up in the 41st minute with some good play seeing them play the ball out right and a cross across the penalty area came to JORDAN LASHLEY who made no mistake with a close range shot past Dan Dixon.
Half-time: Synners 1, Bedlington Terriers 1
Billingham created more chances early after the restart with Henderson shooting over the bar from a cross from the right. Then Kurtis Howes from the left had a shot deflect over the bar.
A second goal for Synthonia came after 53 minutes with Brad Mills sending in a right wing corner for BEN HENDERSON to head home.
Synners looked well in control as they extended their advantage in the 61st minute with two substitutes combining as Oscar Fletcher crossed from the right to KURTIS HOWES who angled a shot past Hodgson and in.
Bedlington looked to get back into the game with a free-kick into the box which saw a shot over the bar. They then pulled a goal back in the 68th minute when they won possession on the left and a cross into the box was met by a SADO DJALO header into the net.
The visitors levelled the game up in the 79th minute when a long throw-in from the left was headed back by a Synners defender, keeper DAN DIXON tried to gather, but the ball came loose and the Referee's assistant signalled that the ball had crossed the goal-line.
Full-time: Synners 3, Bedlington Terriers 3
Referee: K Donnelly, Assistants: P Lander, J Cummings.