Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SYNNERS' HOTSHOTS SINGING IN THE RAIN; Non-League Football

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SYNNERS' HOTSHOTS SINGING IN THE RAIN; Non-League Football

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Byline: ADAM STEEL

BILLINGHAM Synthonia hit top gear to stun rejuvenated Marske 4-1 in conditions more suited to Wellington boots than football boots.

But stand-in captain Chay Liddle insists they cannot afford to be over-confident when they cross Cowpen Lane for Wednesday's Boxing Day derby at Billingham Town (11am).

Synners put on an attacking masterclass in one of only three Northern League games which went ahead, as waterlogged pitches decimated the rest of the programme.

Liddle, Dan Newby, Danny Johnson and former Marske midfielder Kieran Edwards scored in a home victory which could have been more emphatic but for a string of flying saves from Seasiders keeper Ollie West.

Town are third bottom but are coming off a morale-boosting clean sheet against Shildon and they beat Synners 2-1 at Bedford Terrace last season.

Liddle - wearing the armband with David Hillerby ruled out until March - said: "I think Saturday was one of our best performances of the season.

Especially in the first half football-wise and the way the pitch was.

"They couldn't seem to get near us and that's no disrespect to them.

"Billingham Town beat us there last season with a last-minute goal, which was so annoying.

"But hopefully we can push on after a good performance in what is a big game," added the former Hartlepool midfielder.

"We won't take anything for granted, because anything can happen in a derby game."

Marske will try to rebound in another 11am Boxing Day derby, with Guisborough visiting the GER Stadium.

Manager Ted Watts will be tempted to make changes after seeing his side get overrun in midfield and tormented down the flanks at Synthonia.

Their goal arrived when Edwards turned Bryan Stewart's cross into his own net, although David Onions and Adam Wheatley had efforts well saved.

David Wells, Tommy Marron, Karl Charlton and Curtis Collantine are all pushing for recalls against Guisborough. …

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