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Blyth Town vs Newcastle Blue Star (05/04/2024)

You know how the saying goes. You wait for one clash with Blyth Town and then two almost come along at once and after the league leaders make the relatively short trip to Scotswood last Saturday, it is time for them to repay the hosting favour.

Then again, you could say the same about quick turnarounds regarding Ryton & Crawcrook Albion and with just six days between the home defeat that Marc Nash and his players suffered and a return visit to Kingsley Park, the outcome was far better second time around.

Because after playing out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Blyth Town, Blue Star used that performance as the platform for even better things and although the constant threat of the rain looked like it was going to come out on top on Monday morning, NE15’s finest were on top by the end of lunchtime.

A 2-1 win in another deluge of drab conditions, but there is no doubt that manager Nash will be delighted with the deluge of attacks that would help his team to victory and were it not for a missed penalty in the first half, the margin of victory could have been even bigger.

No need to dwell on what happened from 12 yards, as the objective of earning three points was fulfilled and in doing so, it has put a four-point gap between Blue Star and Bedlington Terriers in the race to be the best of the rest.

Four clear but having played two games more and although games in hand offer a considerable amount of weight at this stage of the campaign, the inclement conditions that are still lingering suggest that points on the board may be even more valuable at this stage of proceedings.

Proceedings that have almost led to a procession for Blyth Town in terms of winning this season’s Northern League Division Two and with their game at Bedlington being rained off on Monday, it now means that victory on Saturday will finally see them pop the championship corks.

With that being said, Blue Star will certainly have their tails up after two impressive performances in the past week and after nearly snatching all three points against the champions in waiting, they would love nothing more than to delay their party even further.

Something which sets up this clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Blyth Town for the upcoming hospitality and for those attending from an away perspective, safe travels both there and back.


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