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Match Report – 2nd November 2011
Spennymoor Town 3 v 1 Billingham Synthonia
Durham County Challenge Cup 1st Round
Billingham made the short trip to Spennymoor Town for the second consecutive season in the Durham County Challenge Cup. In the continued absence of our usual match reporter Paolo, Stev48 continued with the match reporting duties.
This evenings Billingham side showed several changes from the game against Penrith at the weekend with Michael Jameson, Matt Crossen, Matthew McQueeney & Jamie Blyth coming into the side for David Hillerby, James MaGowan, Nathan Jameson & Richie Storr the latter of which, dropped down onto the bench. Paul Nugent also made the bench for the first time after playing for the reserves.
1] DEAN 2] HARWOOD 3] MASON 4] DODDS 5] RYAN (CAPT) 6] LAWS 7] RUDDY 8] GRAYDON 9] BARTON (15 JOHNSTON) 10] PEACOCK (14 MOORE) 11] ANDREWS (17 GARVIE) SUBS NOT USED: 12] GRIFFITHS 16] COGDON
1] MOODY 2] COLLANTINE (13 NUGENT) 3] McWILLIAMS 4] HORSMAN 5] ABEL 6] LIDDLE (CAPT) 7] M JAMESON 8] CROSSEN 9] McQUEENEY 10] EARL 11] BLYTH SUBS NOT USED: 12] STORR 14] STOCKBURN 15] HAMILTON
In the 1st minute Spennymoor won a free-kick which was cleared only partially out of defence to Harwood who shot over. Synners had a spell of possession in the 4th minute in which Blyth showed some decent touches to set up Crossen who fired wide. Spennymoor came back at Synners a minute later when Ruddy crossed and Barton headed over and in the 7th minute a dangerous corner from Ruddy came to nothing. The game was unsettled in the first 10 minutes and was somewhat end to end as both teams fought to get a griphold of the game. In the 11th minute a short header back by Collantine gave Spennymoor a chance but a fine double save from Moody denied Andrews first and then Barton. Graydon then fired wide a minute later and in the 19th minute Ruddy played a free-kick inside to Graydon whose shot was blocked away for a corner. Spennymoor were increasing the pressure on Synners who were holding firm and starting to play their own game more. Spennymoor then had a couple of corners which resulted in nothing and in the 31st minute McWilliams was able to get forward and play a probing ball into the box which no-one was able to meet. In the 34th minute, a superb tackle from McQueeney put Michael Jameson through on goal but his shot was driven wide. The home team came back at Synners in the 36th minute when Barton headed straight at Moody but in the 41st minute they took the lead in fortuitous circumstances. Dodds drove into the box and shot towards Moody who had the ball covered. Unfortunately a big deflection off Abel took it past the keeper to put the home side 1v0 up. Synners fought back though and a Blyth shot a minute later was saved by Dean and in the 44th minute, Danny Earl went through on goal & although under extreme physical pressure from the home defence, played Crossen in who rounded the keeper only to see his effort cleared off the line. Spennymoor went into the interval having the better chances and more of the ball but Synners were defending resolutely and were by no means out of the game.
Half-time: Spennymoor Town 1 v 0 Billingham Synthonia
Synners started the second half brightly in search of an equaliser and in the 49th minute a dangerous Liddle cross was caught under pressure by Dean. However, a minute later Spennymoor extended their lead when Graydon played in Andrews, who unleashed an unstoppable drive into the roof of the net. Spennymoor then came forward again in the 52nd minute when Abel headed clear under pressure but Synners tried to fight their way back into the game when in the 57th minute McWilliams drove on and then fired in a shot which Dean had to go down to save. In the 68th minute Synners won a free-kick and Liddle hit a decent effort from around 25 yards only to see his effort go marginally over the crossbar. Spennymoor then all but sealed the game in the 71st minute when Ruddy played in the overlapping Harwood, who then whipped in a cross for the substitute Moore to tuck home. With the game all now but sealed, Ruddy drove wide in the 77th minute and then Garvie shot over in the 80th minute. Moody then made a smart save from Johnston in the 82nd minute as the home team went in search of more goals. Neat interplay in the 85th minute between Crossen & Liddle gave Michael Jameson the opportunity to unleash a rasping drive which Dean did well to tip over. Horsman then headed the resulting corner wide but in the 88th minute a fine run from Crossen saw him hit a crisp drive which only went just wide of the target. As the game was about to enter two minutes of injury time, Michael Jameson played an excellent ball through to Earl who chipped the advancing Dean. Although Mason was chasing back towards goal, his efforts could not prevent Earl’s chipped shot from grabbing Synners a 90th minute consolation goal.
Full-time: Spennymoor Town 3 v 1 Billingham Synthonia
Referee: Mr S Stockbridge Assistants: D Fitzpatrick & R Draper
Next up for Synners is a testing encounter at home with West Auckland Town on Saturday afternoon in the STL Division 1.
Tucker’s View from the dug-out
We are relatively pleased with tonight's performance. Apart from the first 15 minutes when I thought we lacked a bit of ambition to play our usual style of football I thought that we played some excellent football. It was great to get some lads 90 minutes who have not been playing recently and I thought they did really well to last and play with the energy that they demonstrated. Our final ball let us down at times and this is something that we need to work on but our defending was magnificent with David Abel in particular showing why we have always considered him to be the best centre half around. It is a shame that we conceded so late in the first half especially with it being a deflection that carries with it a large element of luck. However we battled away in the second half and it represents a further belief from us as a management team that we are going in the right direction and it won't be long before we are getting the results as well as the performances against the top teams such as Spennymoor.