Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Synners Steel

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Synners Steel

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Byline: Northern League

Billingham Synthonia go gunning for FA Vase glory as they take on Mildenhall Town at Central Avenue tomorrow.

Synners face the Suffolk outfit in the last 16 of the minnows' national knockout knowing they will be the underdogs.

The ambitious visitors are big spending table-toppers in the Ridgeons Eastern League.

"They reached the last 16 last year too so they must be a good side and we expect a very difficult match," said boss Stuart Coleby.

"And looking at their website they have a lot of experience in from higher leagues and a few players are on long contracts which at this level means there must be money behind them.

But Synners have already upset a few well funded high-flyers to get to this stage. In the qualifying rounds they beat Jamie Pollock's big spending Spennymoor, runaway leaders of the second division, beat money-bags Midland Combination high-flyers Romulus 5-2 and then last time out they convincingly ran out 2-0 winners over reigning Northern League champions Newcastle Blue Star.

"We have done well in the Vase so far and we want to go further and we are well up for it," said Stuart.

"Their record shows they are difficult to beat but so are we. We are unbeaten in five and have played some tough teams like Consett, Benfield and Blue Star. That shows we have resilience and steel.

"Plus we have home advantage and will be out to make it count. This is brilliant opportunity for us to achieve something this year."

With the visitors planning to stay overnight in Stockton's Swallow Hotel tonight the pitch was facing an early inspection today.

"We need an early decision," explained Stuart. "We share the expenses 50/50 and with a group of 20 travelling plus the coach it could work out very costly all round if it is called off on Saturday."

Synners have been boosted by the news that flanker David Wells should be fit after a knock in the 1-1 draw at Tow Law last week while Shaun Hope, Lee Flanagan and Tommy Marron, all rested in that game, will return. …

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