Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Start!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Great Start!

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Byline: Northern League Round-up

Billingham Synthonia, last term's runners-up, launched what they hope will be a title challenge with a 3-0 win at Brandon.

They were given an early numerical advantage as home defender Anthony Peacock was sent off for a professional foul in the first minute.

Synners made the extra man count and after some good chances finally took the lead on 38 minutes as new signing Micky Dunwell, snapped up from Durham in the summer free-for-all, slammed home a Liam Smith cross.

And two minutes later Synners seized complete control as Dunwell teed-up fellow debutant Colin Iley, signed from Guisborough, to drill home a second from ten yards.

Then they wrapped it up soon after the break as dead ball specialist Neil Radigan curled home a 25 yard free-kick.

BILLINGHAM TOWN came from behind to beat Shildon 3-2 at home in a game that finished ten-a-side.

The visitors had the better of the opening half and took the lead just before the break as Everson nipped into the box to slot home.

But Town were back in it ten minutes into the second half as Orton brought down Jamie Clarke in the box and the prodigal striker - back after two years at Thornaby - bounced up to drill home the resulting penalty.

Soon after the game swung decisively Town's way as Shildon keeper Allen came dashing out of the box to punch clear and was red carded off for deliberate handball.

Town took swift advantage and went into the lead on the hour as Jamie Clarke latched on to a ball into the box to fire home his second beyond the diving keeper.

Then Stephen Flockett, signed from Peterlee, made it three ten minutes later after a crisp move.

But Shildon hit back in the closing spell and pulled one back at the death. A quick Shildon break forward ended with a lunge on the edge of the box from last man Andy Burton that earned the Town defender a red card for a professional foul and a free-kick for the visitors that O'Hara put in the top corner. …

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