Billingham Synthonia moved into fifth position in the Ebac Northern League Second Division with last night’s 2-0 victory over Whickham.
It wasn’t until the 85th minute that the deadlock was broken. Until then it had been a quiet affair but five minutes from time a cross by Jamie Barton was cleared and Stephen Huggins sent in a terrific volley from 25 yards which gave Whickham goalkeeper Alex Curran no chance.
Any hopes the visitors harboured of saving the game just about ended two minutes later when Synners scored a crucial second goal.
Reece Kenney lobbed the ball over Curran and then headed into an empty net.
Synners have still only conceded seven goals in 13 games which is far and away the best record by any side i n the two divisions.
Norton and Stockton Ancients have leaked 40 goals in 15 games and remain third-bottom in Division One after losing 2-0 against Newton Aycliffe.
After 29 minutes, Dennis Knight struck following a free kick and 12 minutes from the end John Campbell reacted quickest to a ball over the top and chipped goalkeeper Michael Thackeray.
Norton’s best chance came when Dale Mulligan was one-on-one with the goalkeeper but James Winter made an excellent save.