Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: FIVE-STAR TOWN FIND THAT GOAL-DEN TOUCH

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: FIVE-STAR TOWN FIND THAT GOAL-DEN TOUCH

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

BILLINGHAM Town responded to a rocket from the boss in style as they thumped Northallerton 5-0 at home.

The pre-season title tips had slipped into the bottom half after a run of poor performances and had been warned to 'shape up or ship out' by boss Michael Watson.

They shaped up with an emphatic win over in-form Northallerton that nudged them back towards the top half - but they left it until after the break to click into gear.

After an even first half Town took control with three goals in ten minutes. The opener came when Steve Huggins drilled home through a crowded box then lively Ross Diamond - a former Northallerton player - scooped up a poor clearance to fire home from 30 yards, then teed up Tony Chapman to score from close range.

Then the impressive Diamond set up James Magowan for another and late on young substitute Stuart Banks rounded it off with the fifth after good work by Nathan Jameson.

BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA moved into third place as they won 1-0 at top half Spennymoor to stretch their unbeaten league run to nine games.

Defender Simon Shaw gave Synners the three points from a closely-fought game when they won a hotly disputed free-kick just outside the box 10 minutes before time and the dead ball specialist curled home a sublime effort into the top corner.

Earlier midfielder James Beaumont almost gave Synners the lead as he created space in the box to drill against the post and, soon after, Lee Flanagan also rattled the woodwork.

In Division Two STOKESLEY pulled off a shock as they ended their run of seven successive defeats with an eye-opening 1-0 win at table-topping Birtley.

It was a backs against the wall performance and made all the more notable because Stokesley keeper Matt Drury was injured early in the second half and midfielder Paul Campbell had to go between the sticks.

Stokesley snatched the lead two minutes after the interval as Leon Poole struck after a quick break then they had to dig deep as Birtley piled on the pressure. …

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