Billingham Synthonia v Guisborough Town
Guisborough’s final pre-season friendly ended in a 2-2 draw away at Ebac Northern League Division Two side Billingham Synthonia this afternoon.
Under the wet and windy conditions both sides had a slow start to the game, but it was Synthonia who broke the deadlock on the 22 minute mark with a cross from the right wing finding a man at the back post who struck home from close range.
The Priorymen kept at it, and on 40 minutes a well-struck free kick from midfielder Harry Thompson drew a smart save from the Synthonia goalkeeper. However, no goals from Guisborough left them trailing at half time.
After a rallying team talk from manager Gary Forster, Guisborough came out for the second half a reinvigorated side, and they were rewarded for their hunger in the 56th minute when Sonni Coleman was taken down in the box and won a penalty. The man himself stepped up to take it and placed it low into the left corner of the Synthonia net to make it 1-1.
Guisborough wasted no time in grabbing a second goal, when, just a minute later, Chris Stockton curled one into the top left of the Synthonia goal to make the score 2-1.
Synthonia deserved credit for not succumbing to a team a league above themselves, and they responded ten minutes later with an equaliser to level the scores once more.
A clever pass from Joe Ferguson towards the end of the game almost released Steven Roberts in front of goal but some good defending from Synthonia kept the score at 2-2 when the referee blew for the end of the game.
Manager Gary Forster added that: “The game was a good workout for the lads. Synthonia are a good outfit, and we needed as tough a game as possible, and that’s exactly what we got. We are still a little undercooked for my liking, but I am sure as the season goes on, we will develop into a top team this season.”
Guisborough go again on Wednesday night at the KGV (2nd September) against league rivals Newton Aycliffe in the FA Cup Extra Preliminary round. This event is ticketed, and tickets are priced at £7 for adults and £4 for concessions. The game kicks off at 7:45pm.
Author: Chester Ollivier