Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FA Vase Victory

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

FA Vase Victory

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Byline: Non-league Round Up

Billingham Synthonia breezed into today's draw for the fifth round of the FA Vase with a 2-0 home win over Newcastle Blue Star.

Synners quickly came to terms with a swirling wind at Central Avenue to sweep into the last 16 of the minnow's national knockout for the first time ever.

Despite the blustery conditions Synthonia played some good football and deservedly beat the reigning Northern League champions and former Vase winners with a goal in either half.

Big-spending Blue Star showed first and Synners keeper John Jackson had to claw a Hay shot from under the bar in the third minute and then tipped over from Tarrent from the resulting corner.

But after that Synners took control and went close twice before they went ahead on 17 minutes from the spot.

Colin Iley chased a flick on from a Neil Radigan free-kick into the box then was barged over by Carr and Simon Shaw stepped up to ram home the penalty.

Synners dominated and had good first half chances as Iley had one hacked off the line in a scramble, Michael Cater fired wide and David Wells put one over but Star went close to a leveller just before the break when a long range effort from Hay brought sent Jackson full length.

After the interval Synners stepped up a gear and had some good chances but Star almost levelled as a rare break found Colvin free on the left but his 25 yard effort curled inches outside the far post.

But Synners sealed it in a final flurry as a shot was charged and rebounded for David Wells who vollied a sublime 22 yard lob that dipped into the far top corner.

Elsewhere in the Vase West Auckland lost 2-1 away at Kent outfit VCD Athletic to a hotly disputed last minute penalty while Whitley Bay's trip to Slimbridge and Benfield's trek to Truro were both postponed.

Bubbling BILLINGHAM TOWN beat rock bottom Bedlington 3-1 to close the gap at the top of the league to just five points.

Top dogs Sunderland Nissan had their trip to Consett washed out and Town - who still have a game in hand - took full advantage as they comfortably saw off Terriers. …

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