Match Report 29/9/2023
Easington Colliery 3, Billingham Synthonia 0

Ebac Northern League Division 2

Easington Colliery: Lowerson, Barnett, Eltringham, Elliot (C), Forster, Nelson, Stanton, Tapping, McBryde, Weirs, Roper. Subs; Hunter, Richards, Bowman, Best, Pearn.
Billingham Synthonia: O Simpson, Lines, McLeod, Lavan (Wilson), A Simpson (C), Heap (Travers), Porritt, Winstanley, Williams (Tucker), Willshaw, Noble (Kirkbride). Unsed Subs; Dalgleish.

Synners made the Friday night trip to Easington and came away empty handed in a 3-0 defeat plus a red card for Lewis Porritt.

An early chance for Easington saw them work the ball from the right to the far side where a shot on goal from Jay Roper was blocked by keeper Ollie Simpson. The hosts were soon ahead though when, from the corner on the left in the 2nd minute, a Synners clearance came as far as JOSHUA BARNETT who guided his shot into the net from the edge of the penalty area.

Billingham responded well to the early setback with Carl Williams having a shot blocked then Mitch Noble forced a save out of home keeper Antony Lowerson before seeing a second shot blocked by a defender.

More chances followed for Synthonia with Matty Willshaw turning his marker before sending a stinging shot on goal which Lowerson was able to block. Then a Noble cross from the left came to Williams who saw Lowerson tip his header over the bar.

After a Noble shot was blocked by the keeper, Easington had a couple of shots on goal which went wide of the target. Simpson then denied them a second goal with a good save.

Billingham were reduced to ten men in added-on time when Porritt received a second yellow card following a foul; his first yellow only a couple of minutes earlier, again for a foul.

Half-time: Easington Colliery 1, Synners 0

Easington doubled their advantage from the penalty spot in the 56th minute after Simpson clipped Roper; LIAM MCBRYDE stepped up to convert fron twelve yards.

Just a minute later and the home side were three up with Dennis Tapping picking out LIAM MCBRYDE who took the ball past Simpson and finding the net for his second of the game.

Billingham looked for a way back into the game with Willshaw seeing a shot blocked by a defender, the striker then saw Lowerson save from his shot from the right.

A Jack Winstanley ball into the box was headed wide by Alfie Simpson before Easington threatened with a shot from the right which keeper Simpson blocked.

Easington keeper Lowerson made a couple of smart saves from Willshaw late in the game to conserve his clean sheet. Ollie Simpson also made a couple of fine saves to deny a fourth goal for the hosts.

Full-time: Easington Colliery 3, Synners 0

Referee: D Fittes, Assistants: I Dodds, M Kateroz.

Attendance: 222

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