Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)


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Byline: By Anthony Vickers

Billingham Synthonia were given a glimmer of title hope as results swung their way.

Synners did their part with a hard earned 2-0 win away at strugglers Tow Law.

Then reigning champ and current leaders Dunston dropped points as they laboured to a 1-1 draw at home to mid-table Morpeth.

Meanwhile the neighbours helped out as BILLINGHAM TOWN beat Newcastle Benfield Saints 2-1 to torpedo the Tynesiders' own tottering title challenge.

The combination of results leaves Synners now in second and just eight points behind unbeaten Fed going into the final straight.

Benfield are third and a point behind but have played three games more than the top two.

"We have had a very good season so far but Dunston have been awesome," said Synners boss Stuart Coleby. "We have scored more than last year, conceded fewer and only lost twice. In any other year we would be top.

"But there is a long way to go yet. We need to keep on doing what we are doing. Every team has a wobble. When Dunston have theirs we need to there to take advantage."

Gritty Synthonia made hard work of the crucial win at inhospitable Tow Law.

After a close fought goalless first half Synners stepped up a gear and Andy Fletcher found space in a crowded box to crack home the opener on 76 minutes.

Then on 83 minutes they wrapped it up as Lee Flanagan had an effort saved then rammed home the rebound from a tight angle.

BILLINGHAM TOWN stepped up their bid for a top six place by dispatching Benfield Saints at the Devereux Stadium.

Town started brightly and took the game to the visitors to carve out a commanding two goal lead by the break.

They carved out a spectacular opener as fit again Tom Jones got down the left and crossed for Carl Chillingsworth to fire an overhead kick against the bar then alert Martin Fox crashed home the rebound.

And it was two as half-time loomed as Lee Ure touched a Martin O'Riorden cross into the path of Chillingsworth and he drilled home a crisp low drive from 12 yards. …

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