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Aycliffe 2 – 7 Synthonia

IMGP4600.JPG Newton Aycliffe 2 – 7 Billingham Synthonia

In  a week where the FA Cup came to Moore Lane Park, The Daily Mail and Daily Mirror online both featured the club, Newton Aycliffe’s first ever foray in the most romantic of competitions came to an abrupt end with a 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Billingham Synthonia. On Saturday 20 August expectations of an exciting cup run saw a crowd of 330 turn up on a sunny day hoping for an exciting clash. But as early as the fourth minute Aycliffe were up against it when a long ball from the visitors own half found Collatine, allowing him to cross from the right and give Hillerby the easiest of chances.

IMGP4660.JPG The Synners passed the ball round with ease and their fast-paced football was good to watch. They always looked the more likely to score and, on 34 minutes, when a free kick once again found Collatine on the right he delivered a perfect cross for Earl to fire in. On the stroke of half time came probably the best goal of the game when MaGowan’s initial shot was well saved by Andrew Spence in the Aycliffe goal, McGowan showed why you should always chase the rebound and he smashed an unstoppable shot between the keeper and his right hand post.

IMGP4681-1.JPG In the first 10-15 minutes of the second half Aycliffe had possible their best passage of play and it was slightly against the run of play when Billingham scored their fourth and Earl’s second on the hour. He completed his hat-trick on 66 when a through ball from Edwards allowed him to beat the off-side trap and chip a nice lob over Spence as he charged out of his goal.

IMGP4768.JPGNine minutes from time Aycliffe finally got on the score sheet when Gray lost his marker and found Woodhouse in the box. Moody in the the visitors goal saved the first shot but the Aycliffe player was not to be denied the clubs first ever goal in the FA Cup.

There was still time left for Billingham to score a further two goals, the sixth coming when N Jameson threaded the deftest of passes through to Cater for him to hammer the ball past Spence. The seventh goal was due to Mark Peck allowing himself to be robbed of the ball by Edwards who chased-on and rounded the keeper. Edwards never properly celebrated his goal, looking like he felt sorry for Aycliffe.

IMGP5026.JPG That was enough for the disappointed home fans as they quickly left for whatever entertainment waited for them in the evening but those of us who stayed to the end witnessed Gray score direct from a corner with practically the last kick of the game.  On the way out of the ground I briefly spoke to  my friend John G who is the hospitality manager at the club and the pain and disappointment was clearly etched on his face.

IMGP5079.JPG Whether the nerves of the occasion was the reason the players performed as badly as they did we will never know but hopefully they won’t let the result affect them too much and they will go on and have a successful first ever season in the Northern League Division One.

Words and pictures courtesy of Colin McNeillie. Follow Colin on Twitter @Dogstaraycliffe and view his match photos on Facebook.

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  1. Good to see a great write up and photos of a local match. Sounds like I missed a great game also.

    • Thanks for the kind words Stephen,it was a pleasure to do this.

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