After an enforced hiatus last weekend, Blue Star are once again on the road for this and with the latest date of their Tyneside tour taking them to Killingworth, it is a fixture that pits them against last season’s league champions.
While if Killingworth are the current champions of the Northern Alliance, they are not showing the same pedigree as last season and before they welcome Saturday’s opponents, they find themselves in the bottom half of the table.
11th place to be precise and with only two wins from their first seven league outings of the season – both coming at home, they have lost the winning aura that made them almost untouchable just a few months ago.
However, this does not mean that Brian Smith’s men can simply overlook the team that is soon to stand in front of them and with the run of tricky away fixtures only continuing further, this is another hurdle that they must clear.
Not only that, but they must not fall into the trap of looking beyond this fixture and although a table topping clash at Burradon & New Fordley awaits next Saturday, there is a job that has to be completed beforehand.
A job that if complete would set up a grandstand clash rather nicely. That clash is still to come, first up it is a return to a ground where Blue Star were convincingly beaten last season and although revenge is not necessarily the main objective, settling scores is always a good habit to have.
On the topic of scores, Blue Star’s last outing was a Challenge Cup victory at Ponteland and although 2-1 is in the history books, it does not tell the full story. A story that had multiple chapters of attacking Blue Star football.
Which sets up Saturday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Killingworth for the upcoming hospitality and for those who will be attendance from an away perspective, safe travels both there and back.