Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Big Guns Aim to Get Back on Top

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Big Guns Aim to Get Back on Top

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS

BILLINGHAM Synthonia kick off the new Northern League campaign tomorrow under new management but looking to restore the old order.

Synners get down to business at home to West Allotment Celtic aiming to reclaim the top spot in Teesside after several years in the shadows.

Dug-out trio Michael Watson, Lee Tucker and Mark Scott will take charge aiming to recreate the flowing football - and the league success - that they brought to neighbours Billingham Town two terms ago.

They guided Town to League Cup glory and missed out on the title on goal difference on the final day before quitting.

After a year out and short stint at second division strugglers Darlington RA, they are back.

Synners, traditionally the big guns on Teesside, have won the Durham Cup for the last two seasons but have only finished in the top six once in the past four years so putting that right will be the priority.

"Our first aim will be to improve on the league position," said Tucker. "The club has done well in the cups but considering what it has going for it, Synners are a top six club."

Billingham Town are also under new management after a turbulent season on and off the pitch last season.

Coach Carl Jarrett stepped up to take over from departed Peter Mulcaster after the much-travelled boss called it a day and will make his bow at home to Esh Winning.

Cash-strapped Town struggled to keep hold of players last term and only avoided relegation on the final day when their rivals stumbled.

They face a similar grind this time round and will also battle on a second front as they face a big legal fixture against big boys Hartlepool United in October.

They face a winding up order over the League One club's ground-lease arrangement at Bedford Terrace and survival - in the division and as a going concern - will be considered a massive success. …

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