Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

High-Flying Magowan Proving a Saint for Synners; NORTHERN ELAGUE

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

High-Flying Magowan Proving a Saint for Synners; NORTHERN ELAGUE

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS

BUBBLING BILLINGHAM Synthonia can continue their climb away from the basement battle as they go to struggling Bishop Auckland tomorrow.

Synthonia were poised precariously above the drop spots just three weeks ago after a run of one point from six games left them looking vulnerable.

But a spectacular revival has seen them put together a sizzling sequence of four straight wins to kick-start the season.

The revival has seen them rattle in 19 goals and leak just one in fantastic four games including a clinical 7-0 League Cup crushing of second division Thornaby and a ruthless 6-0 battering of rock bottom Ryton in midweek.

"It's been spectacular but it's has been coming for a while," said boss Michael Watson "We had just been missing out in games by the odd goal but were playing good football and the confidence was there. It was just a question of time before it started to click."

Synners made changes with David Yale returning after a fruitless spell at Stokesley and veteran ex-Whitby and Dunston man Graham Robinson arriving and Darren Hollingsworth exiting for Shildon.

"We've brought a few new faces in just to freshen it and it has helped give the place a bit of buzz - but we were always confident it would come together," said Watson.

"The lads got some stick earlier on but they stuck at it and are getting their rewards."

One key change has been the return to fitness of bustling striker James Magowan.

The on-fire frontman has plundered six of the 19 goals but Nathan Jameson, Colin Iley and Glenn Donaldson have all bagged three each.

The run has lifted Synners above fourth bottom Bishops and a win tomorrow would give Synners a breathing space. But the boss is urging the team to keep their heads. "We've beaten them twice this season already and to be honest there's a bit of needle there," he said "Last time they kicked us off the park and got seven yellows and a red. …

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