Match Report 7/10/2023
Billingham Synthonia 2, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 5

Ebac Northern League Division 2

Billingham Synthonia: O Simpson, Lines, Groom, Travers (C), McLeod, A Simpson, Bruton (S Johnson), Winstanley (Williamson), Williams, Lavan (Banki), Noble. Unused Subs; Heap, O Johnson.
Ryton & Crawcrook Albion: Mooney, Lowery, Oldfield, Craggs, Sands, Esdaille (C), Lynch, Groves-Forbes, Costello, Hoggins, Salim. Subs; Adotey, Caygill, Skivington, Brown, McLeod.

Billingham welcomed Ryton & Crawcrook Albion and lost out in a 5-2 reverse with two late goals putting a gloss on the scoreline for the visitors.

An early chance for Ryton saw them win the ball in midfield and a pass through to Aaron Costello resulted in a shot just past the right hand post. Synners threatened from a left wing corner when ALex Bruton's near post flag-kick saw Liam Travers have an effort ob goal which Albion keeper Adam Mooney saved.

Synthonia opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when McKellan Lines intercepted a ball forward and played to CARL WILLIAMS who ran across goal to the left and slotted his shot into the bottom right corner of the net.

Ryton & Crawcrook were soon level when in the 26th a minute a ball forward from Mooney saw Synners defender ALfie Simpson slip, Daniel Craggs picked up the loose ball and played to Costello who saw Billingham keeper Ollie Simpson save, the ball though fell to RICHARD HOGGINS who shot home into an empty net.

A shot from the right from Hoggins saw Simpson save before Albion took the lead in the 36th minute. A ball left to substitute Rhys McLeod saw him pull a pass back to Scott Oldfield whe sent the ball into the box where RICHARD HOGGINS netted from close range.

Synthonia came close when Mooney made a good stop from Ash Lavan's shot, but it was Ryton who found the net next as they added a third in the 45th minute after a ball to McLeod to the left of goal saw him play across goal to DANIEL CRAGGS who fired in from close range.

Just a minute later, in added-on time, Billingham pulled a goal back when Lines again intercepted a ball forward and played right to Mitch Noble; his shot forced a save out of Mooney but CARL WILLIAMS was on hand to net the loose ball home from close range.

Half-time: Synners 2, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 3

Synners looked for a leveller with a Travers shot going narrowly wide and a Lavan shot being blocked by a Ryton defender. Lavan then played to Noble on the right who forced a great save out of Mooney, then the visitors came close with Simpson making a good block from a shot by McLeod from inside the box.

Billingham were denied by the frame of the goal when substitute Stevie Johnson made a run at the defence and played to fellow substitute Callum Banki who saw his shot from inside the box past Mooney, but the ball crashed against the cross-bar.

Albion finished the game strong though and after a couple of missed chances they added a fourth goal in th 89th minute when a long ball forward sent subsitute NOAH ADOTEY in on goal and he made no mistake with his shot past Simpson and in.

A fifth for Albion rubbed salt into Synners wounds when a 90th minute move forward saw a shot blocked, but the resulting loose ball fell to AARON COSTELLO to score from close range.

Full-time: Synners 2, Ryton & Crawcrook Albion 5

Referee: C Barley. Assistants: M Thornton, A Cook.

Attendance: 91

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