Match Report: 25/8/2021
Billingham Synthonia 1, Horden Community Welfare 1
Ebac Northern League Division 2
Billingham Synthonia: Dixon, Gunn (Howard), Kay, Garton, Bythway, Rowbotham(C), Robinson, Mills, Henderson (McLean), McNeill (Banks), Howes. Unused Sub; Yaqub, Fletcher.
Horden CW: Griffith, Bowes(C), Campbell, Hodgson, Broom, Simpson, Dunn, Dobinson, Tarn, Fannen, Wright. Subs; J Bell, L Bell, Kirkbride, Moon, Coates.
Billingham and Horden CW shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Norton Sports Complex.
Synners started the game well and created some half chances in the early stages with Mason McNeill shooting over and Josh Rowbotham heading wide from a Brad Mills corner.
Billingham continued to have the upper hand and a Matthew Robinson long throw-in on the right came to Ben Henderson at the near post, but he could only shoot wide. Kurtis Howes then sent Henderson through on goal with Horden keeper Paul Griffith off his line quickly to make a good block.
Horden took until the half hour to threaten the Synners goal with a Neil Fannen shot well over. They then won a free-kick on the right which was half cleared by the Billingham defence as far as Joshua Broom who shot over the bar.
Howes threatened again for Synners as the half came to a close as he darted into the box but saw Griffith again deny with a blocked save.
Half-time: Synners 0, Horden CW 0
It was the visitors who opened the scoring when in the 52nd minute a cross from the right fell for CHRIS TARN who sent a great strike over Dan Dixon and in.
Synthonia advanced on the hour mark when substitute John Howard played in Howes who again brought a block out of Griffiths.
The breakthrough for Billingham came in the 69th minute as KURTIS HOWES received the ball in the box to the left of goal and drilled a shot home into the far bottom corner of the net.
Horden were reduced to ten men in the 75th minute when last defender Ewan Simpson fouled Ciaran Banks as he made a run on goal from a Synners breakaway.
Billingham pressed in search of a winner with numerous corners and long throw-ins into the box, but Horden stood firm to keep the score level.
Full-time: Synners 1, Horden CW 1
Referee: L Smith, Assistants: T Phillips, I Enderwick.