Ashington beaten by injury time Synners goal

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Billingham Synthonia came from a goal down to snatch a stoppage time winner against Ashington on Teesside on Tuesday night.

There was little to choose between the two sides during a first 45 minutes which saw both hit the woodwork.

In the 28th minute, an effort from Kristopher Hughes clipped the bar then four minutes later, a miss-kick from home keeper James Briggs presented the ball to Glen Taylor but the stopper recovered to block the striker’s shot.

With half-time approaching, a deep corner from the right by Andrew Johnson found Lee Scott at the far post whose header hit the bar with Glen Taylor denied from the rebound.

Then seconds from the whistle, a lovely flowing move from the home side ended with keeper Karl Dryden coming to the rescue to block from Michael Sweet.

Ten minutes after the interval the Colliers took the lead.

Darren Lough played a one-two with skipper Andrew Johnson and when he crossed, the ball fell to David Carson who buried a left foot shot into the bottom corner from the junction of the six yards box.

Sixty seconds later Dryden tipped over from Sweet’s long distance effort, but in the 68th minute, Synners were back on terms.

They built up through the middle and when the ball found Hughes he curled a stunning right footer over Dryden and into the net.

Ashington had knocked Billingham out of the League Cup a month ago but on the night the home side played some excellent approach work which culminated in their winner in the third minute of time added on.

It stemmed from a patient and controlled construction before the ball was switched to the left and from a cross, Matthew Osmond, despite the attention of defenders around him, somehow managed to plant a header into the roof of the net.

The goal was a sickening blow to Gary Middleton’s side who as a result of the reverse, move down one place to fourth in the Ebac Northern League first division table.

Ashington: Dryden, Lee Scott, Lough, Oliver, C Scott, Christensen, Johnson, J Taylor, Walton (Blandford 67 mins) G Taylor, Carson. Subs not used: McGorrigan, Downey, Briggs, Norris.

The Colliers travel to face Shildon at Dean Street on Friday night (7.30pm kick-off).