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 Post subject: Billingham Town 0 Billingham Synthonia 0
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BILLINGHAM TOWN 0 BILLINGHAM SYNTHONIA 0

The history books will record a simple 0-0 draw, and that’s a fact. The salient statistics however, and I’m not a fan of statistics will highlight the way this game was controlled. Yellow count, four for each club - sadly Town were also shown two in the red department. Let’s not beat about the bush. This game was destroyed as a spectacle by an over officious and erratic refereeing display. The result, seemed inconsequential but it shouldn’t be. Playing with ten, and then nine men and still producing the better chances highlights the quality within the Town ranks but ultimately, they couldn’t break down a defence that performed 100% better than they did three weeks ago. Luke Hogan’s uncontrolled challenge was definitely a red card although I will go into greater depth later on about the build up to that decision. Dan Flounders second yellow card was baffling when you put into context Will Gowan’s pull back on Matty Robinson in the second half which should have been a second yellow and a red! Throw in a few more yellow’s early on, midway through, here, there and everywhere and you are left with an untidy mess. Some were yellows, some weren’t, some were given and then identical situations the referee decided not to get his notebook out, and this was for both sides. Town were holding on at the end, which you would expect given the circumstances but one can’t help thinking this game could have been so, so different if the referee had controlled the early emotions more effectively and working with the captains. As it were, a point extends Town’s unbeaten league run to twenty two games and another tough test awaits on Saturday at Chester Le Street Town.

Town were the quickest out of the blocks with Matty Robinson testing stand-in goalkeeper Richard Heslin with a low drive from the edge of the box but it was the Synners who had the best chances early on in the game. Lewis McDonald kept out Alex Bruton’s low volley from a flighted free-Kick via Ben Pollock and Mark Dixon had to be alert at the near post to clear Tom Bligh’s effort on goal. Straight back at the other end, a fine move involving Robinson, Hogan and Craig Hutchinson ended with the striker dragging his shot wide of the target. Dan Flounders weaved his way into the box but his shot was bundled towards Heslin. Town supporters thought they had taken the lead on eighteen minutes when Kris Summer’s looping header came back off the post. Town were dominating pressure but were reduced to ten men when Hogan flew in with two feet on Gowan. Undoubtedly a red card incident, but frustrations boiled over because the referee had failed to pick up two separate fouls on Hogan by Gowan in the build up to the incident; Gowan was also already on a yellow card. The sending off didn’t upset Town’s equilibrium as they searched for a lead before half time. Ashley Lavan headed wide from a superb Dixon cross and Lewis Minter headed against his own goal post, while under pressure from Summers.

HT Billingham Town 0 Billingham Synthonia 0

Town changed their system to three at the back when they had possession of the ball and the change appeared to have worked when Gowan dragged back Robinson while heading towards the box. A simple yellow card decision but incredibly, no card was issued. The game was becoming tense with cards being issued at regular intervals for both sides and the match needed strong officiating to calm things down. Chances wise, Town were creating the better opportunities from open play. Lee Moore headed over from Robinson’s cross and Jamie Davis was denied a certain goal by a last ditch block by James Fraser. The game was heading for a stalemate until Flounders saw a second yellow card with two minutes remaining. For the first time in the game, Synners began to look dangerous and it took a super reflex save by McDonald to keep out Kallum Hannah’s shot on the turn.

FT Billingham Town 0 Billingham Synthonia 0

Town:
McDonald, Moore (Hillerby), Dixon, Connor, Flounders, Summers, Robinson (Beddow), Davis, Hutchinson, Lavan (Kirkbride), Hogan.
Unused: Jackson, Oakley.

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