The Non-League Football Paper - - FA VASE 2ND ROUND QUALIFYING - By Chris Smart STAR MAN: James Fair­ley (Heb­burn) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★


HEB­BURN’S im­pres­sive start to the sea­son con­tin­ued as they came out on top in this all North­ern League Vase tie on South Ty­ne­side.

Hon­ours were even in the first half, both goals com­ing in the fi­nal quar­ter of an hour.

Billing­ham had an early chance when Clark Reader fired over the bar, James Fair­ley and Michael Richard­son with ef­forts at the other end.

Heb­burn took the lead when Fair­ley’s cross from the right saw vet­eran striker Graeme Armstrong’s header for the pro­moted Hor­nets par­ried by Roberts. Luke Sul­li­van was on hand to head home the re­bound – a lead that lasted eight min­utes.

Rel­e­gated Syn­tho­nia saw man­ager’s son Ben Pol­lock’s un­stop­pable 18-yard drive fly past Stephen Hu­bery in the home goal.

Billing­ham boss Jamie Pol­lock, the for­mer Premier League mid­fielder, will have been con­tent at the half­way stage.

The sec­ond half, how­ever, saw Heb­burn, un­beaten in the league, step up a gear.

A Ryan Greer foul on Richard­son saw Armstrong send Roberts the wrong way from the penalty spot.

Matty Wil­son shot just over for Synners be­fore Ben Dibb-Fuller added a third goal in in­jury time.

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