Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Town Denied by Battling Bishops

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Town Denied by Battling Bishops

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Byline: By ANTHONY VICKERS

BILLINGHAM TOWN leaked two goals in three minutes right at the death and had to settle for a 3-3 draw at home to lowly Bishop Auckland.

Town came from behind to take complete control and held a commanding lead, but then shot themselves in the foot. Twice.

Bishops went ahead on 14 minutes as a stinging Gavin Parkin shot was blocked by keeper Jason Hamilton but the striker got to the rebound to score.

Town came out fighting in the second half to force Bishops keeper Keen into a string of saves.

And the pressure told as Town levelled on 57 minutes when a throw into the box sparked a scramble and a James Magowan header was helped on by defender Gilligan.

Two minutes later Town were ahead as defender Mark Scott broke forward onto a long ball to crack in a powerful volley.

And with three minutes left Town looked to have sealed it when John McKie wove into the box to drill home a third.

But third-bottom Bishops launched a late fightback and pulled one back almost immediately as Parkin beat the keeper to a cross to head home.

Then in stoppage time they grabbed what had looked an unlikely point as Sean Joseph was bundled over in the box and Parkin stepped up to complete his hat-trick with a penalty that was the last kick of the game.

BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA'S four-game winning streak ended with a close fought 2-1 reverse at fellow high-fliers Seaham Red Star.

After some early Synners pressure, Star went ahead on 13 minutes as Warren Byrne got to a long throw to rifle home.

Synners levelled on 31 minutes when a Jason Honeyman corner led to a scramble and Brian Close reacted quickly to stab home.

But Seaham snatched it just before the break as Byrne was sent clear to fire in a low shot.

THORNABY are now a just point off the Division Two promotion places after battling to a 1-0 win at Hebburn. …

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