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Chester-le-Street Town 2-2 Newcastle Blue Star (01/09/2023)

Last night, Newcastle Blue Star played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with promotion rivals Chester-le-Street Town.

Going behind early on, Blue Star fought back through goals from Dan Lanning and Lee Mason, only to be pegged back by a late penalty.

With a big crowd packed into Moor Park, the home side would start the quickest, racing into an early lead in the 9th minute, with their number five heading home from a corner.

Following the opener, Blue Star started to grow into the game and ping the ball about in their usual fashion - with chances falling at the feet of both Dean Holmes and Lee Mason.

‘The Star’ however would soon find the goal they desired in the 39th minute when a scramble in the box resulted in the ball falling to Lanning who smashed home the equaliser.

Fired up by their equaliser Blue Star would push for a second before the break but ultimately the score would remain 1-1 going into half-time.

Blue Star would carry their momentum into the second half - taking the lead in the 58th minute.

Mason would be the player to put them in front, firing his shot under the keeper and into the back of the net. The linesman however would deem the goal as offside only for the referee to overrule his decision and award the goal to Blue Star – a decision that would send the home end into meltdown.

Despite tensions rising, Blue Star seemed relatively comfortable in the game. That would all change however as in the 73rd minute Chester-Le-Street would be awarded a penalty, totally against the run of the play. Their Number 10 would step up to the spot and calmly slot home the equaliser.

Both teams would push for a winner before the final whistle with Blue Star’s Lanning coming closest - seeing his right-footed effort trickle past the far post.

Ultimately though neither side could find a winner, which meant the points were shared with a 2-2 draw.


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