BILLINGHAM TOWN (0) 0 THORNABY (0) 0
Bank Holiday no goal show against Billingham Town had Three yellow cards and a red for Town and four yellow cards for the Thornaby suggests that this was a game played by thugs but that wasn't the case. Stockton referee Jamie Caan frustrated supporters on both sides for his decision making but he appeared to judge the game by the letter of the law. So, on the one hand the game ended as a spectacle but on the other hand, one could argue he was only doing his job. Let's hope the reverse fixture on Boxing Day bucks the current trend! Thornaby, whom are a much improved outfit compared to last season had the golden opportunity to jump above Town in the table but couldn't capitalise on their numerical advantage. While Thornaby lacked a cutting edge, Billingham lacked numbers in attacking situations and inevitably the spoils were evenly shared.
The opening twenty minutes went by without any notable action and Town were up against it four minutes later when Jameson saw red for an alleged two footed challenge. The midfielder looked distraught with the decision and was even consoled by several Thornaby players as he left the pitch. The away side thought they had taken the lead on twenty eight minutes but Matthew Robinson's far post header was ruled out for offside. After a flurry of yellow cards and stop-start play, Thornaby were the first side to have a shot on target; Alex Leeds with the full stretch save to keep out Robinson's thirty yard strike.
HT Billingham Town 0 Thornaby 0
Town began to show some improvement from an attacking perspective and Elliott Beddow should have done better when he shanked his shot high and wide. Liam Travers found space out on the right wing but when he tried to cut inside and get the shot away, three Thornaby defenders recovered in time to snuff out the danger. At the other end, Stephen Morrison went down too easily, looking for a penalty while already on a yellow card and Lewis Murphy dragged his shot wide from the edge of the box. Town's best chances of the game came in the closing stages; Lavan's twenty five yard pile driver looked certain to be heading for the top corner and yet Oliver Simpson somehow managed to palm the ball over the crossbar with an exquisite reflex save. Clayton Macdonald's resulting corner fell nicely for Travers but his back post volley struck a defender on the goal-line and the away side managed to clear their lines to earn a fair point.
FT Billingham Town 0 Thornaby 0