Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SYNNERS OUT TO QUIETEN QUAKERS; Moody to Make His Comeback Northern League

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

SYNNERS OUT TO QUIETEN QUAKERS; Moody to Make His Comeback Northern League

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Byline: ADAM STEEL

BILLINGHAM Synthonia are hoping to translate an encouraging performance against Spennymoor into points at home to Northern League pace-setters Darlington.

Synners gave a good account of themselves at Quakers' main title rivals in midweek, losing 4-2 after going into half-time on level terms.

And that has given them some confidence as they try to follow Guisborough's lead and become only the second side to beat born-again Darlington this season.

"We matched Spennymoor in the first half and, at times, we were the better side before their quality told after the break," said Synners assistant manager and ex-pro Lee Tucker, who spent the 1991/92 season at Darlington.

"But we deservedly pulled a goal back and that has given us confidence going into another challenging game against Darlington.

"We will be aiming to perform for the full 90 minutes, not just 45, and we want to exploit the few weaknesses that Darlington have."

Tucker said passing side Synners will place the emphasis on attack rather than containment against the free-scoring visitors as seventh plays first at Central Avenue.

"We won't be sitting back and putting 10 men behind the ball," he added.

"Darlington have got so much quality that they would eventually break you down, and it's not in our nature to do that anyway."

Josh Moody will be back in the Synners goal after injuring his knee while saving a penalty against West Auckland.

Jordan Robinson and Andy Burton also return.

Guisborough destroyed Darlington 4-1 at the KGV in September, and boss Chris Hardy is hoping hard work will reap rewards at West Auckland.

The Priorymen lost their second game in a row at Celtic Nation - who have signed ex-Boro man Nathan Porritt - on Tuesday, conceding twice in the final 10 minutes after leading 2-1. "We should have seen the game out at 2-1, and we would have but for a couple of defensive lapses," said Hardy after seeing his side slip to 12th. …

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