Synners’ set-piece condemns Durham to first defeat of season

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DURHAM City’s hopes of making it three wins on the bounce ended against Billingham Synthonia, who claimed their first EBAC Northern League success of the season, at New Ferens Park.

Dickie Ord’s men made the perfect start, taking the lead through Scott Fenwick, who was presented with an easy close-range chance which he gleefully accepted.

The celebrations were short-lived though and Synners soon equalised as Andy Jennings beat goalkeeper James Winter from close in.

The Teessiders had to substitute goalkeeper Josh Moody at half-time after he had suffered an eye injury. Jason Hamilton took over and kept a clean sheet.

City had Stephen Thompson sent off and Billingham took advantage, with Glen Donaldson scoring direct from a corner for the winning goal.

Spennymoor Town extended their 100 per cent record at the expense of pointless Newton Aycliffe who held out until the 73rd minute when Darren Craddock broke the deadlock. Glen Taylor added a second goal five minutes from time.

Ashington and West Auckland shared the points following a cracking six-goal encounter. Marc Walton (2) and Callum Little struck for the Colliers with John Campbell (2) and Mattie Moffat replying for West.

Much-fancied Bedlington Terriers lost for the first time as Whitley Bay clinched all three points with an only goal from Lee Paul Scroggins in front of a bumper crowd of 441 at Hillheads.

A second minute strike from Chris Lawson was enough for Bishop Auckland at South Shields.

All four goals came in the opening 22 minutes at Norton and Stockton Ancients, who were two ahead through Anthony Hume and Dale Mulligan before Billy Gruelich-Smith and Chris Hughes responded for Shildon.

Ryhope CW continue to set the pace in Division Two. A hat-trick by John Butler and a brace from Chris Winn earned them another big win with Ryton and Crawcrook Albion the latest side to succumb to Martin Swales’ team.

Chester-le-Street missed the chance to go second when they went down to Whickham at Chester Moor Park.

Sam McIntosh and Keith Foster were the match-winners with Mark Nixon finding the net for the Cestrians late in the game.

Horden CW were well beaten at Northallerton Town, for whom Anthony Roberts and Adam Empson scored in the first 21 minutes.

Wayne Gredziak, making his debut following a transfer from Durham City, made it three with his very first touch after being introduced as a substitute.

Robert Nolan and Nicky Evans netted for Washington but Whitehaven had four marksmen in Darren Donald, Kevin Connelly, Matt Tymon (pen) and Craig Robson.