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Billingham Synthonia vs Redcar Athletic



Billingham Synthonia 1 – 2 Redcar Athletic

Synthonia: Alex Bruton (18’)

Steelmen: Layton Watts (43’), Trialist (58’)

Coleman battles for the ball against Synthonia last season.

Redcar Athletic open pre-season on a high, as valuable game time is clocked up in a tight success over Synthonia.

New man Layton Watts grabbed the headlines, notching Redcar’s first in response to Alex Bruton’s early spot kick, whilst a trialist was responsible for sealing the turnaround after a half time reshuffle.

Forster fielded a separate XI each side of the interval in a bid to increase match fitness, with each player available given at least a half of football as a gentle return to action.

The boss gave a number of young players a chance to impress alongside the new inductees, as goalkeeper Matty Pattison donned the gloves, and Lynden Ferguson and Charlie Spenceley featured outfield.

Unlike Athletic, Synthonia came into the contest with 90 minutes already under the belt, thus looking sharper in the opening exchanges with a flurry of attacks.

Their extra match-readiness paid off as Adam Wheatley conceded an early penalty, and former Steelmen Alex Bruton stepped up to tuck it home.

With time, Athletic’s confidence grew, and the new forward duo provided a few fleeting glimpses of their exceptional talent.

Layton Watts had Redcar’s first real effort, skewing a free kick wide of the mark after being hauled down following good interplay with Lyndon Ferguson out wide.

A swerving strike from Matty Tymon came close to restoring parity, proving hard to hold after moving through the air with little pattern.

Young Charlie Spenceley’s long ball eventually sparked the equaliser, as Watts shrugged off a defender to find himself alone in the box, producing a calm finish to put the seal on a great move.

Wholesale changes signalled the start of the second period, which Redcar seemed to see the better of, owing to the performances of a number of trialists.

The unnamed stars proved instrumental in the Steelmen’s second goal, as one forced a corner, and another reacted quickly to poke the in-swinging delivery over the line.

One player who enjoyed more than the average run out was Oscar Fletcher, who almost stamped his 70 minute spell with a richly deserved goal, but his driven strike was gathered at the second time of asking.

Billingham weren’t without want of trying to find a way back into the game, but found little success, as tiredness set in across the field, and the defence was rarely troubled.

The referee’s whistle sounded to bring an end to a tough, but amicable friendly, with Redcar 90 minutes closer to the start of a monumental campaign, with expectations at an all time high.

Attendance: N/K

Next Match: Whitby Town (h) | 11th July 2023


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Stokesley Sports Club, Broughton Road, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5NY
Stokesley, North Yorkshire, England, TS9 5NY, United Kingdom
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