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Yarm & Eaglescliffe v Newcastle Blue Star (18/11/2023)

Last weekend saw Northern League matters finally returned toNewcastle Blue Star and this also meant a welcome return to winning ways. Not only because it was another three points on the board but it is three points that fires the club back to the top of the table.

Three points clear over Blyth Town, albeit as the challengers have a game in hand and after moving back to the top rung of the league ladder, the task is to make sure they are still situated there at the end of the season.

A time that is still a long way away when looking at thisalready packed fixture schedule and with the weather proving to be the club’s trickiest opposition in recent weeks, the forecast looks good for football this weekend.

The destination for Saturday is Bedford Terrace and the welcoming committee of Yarm & Eaglescliffe. This serves as the second away outpost in as many weeks, as it was Prudhoe YC who were disposed of on the road seven days prior.

A 2-1 win in the record books and one that could have been a lot more were it not for Prudhoe’s goalframe getting a substantial battering throughout. Then again, the one-goal margin of victory was under real threat late on.

Victory that should have been wrapped up long before the last 10 minutes of the encounter and there is no doubt that Blue Star were made to sweat for their win on enemy territory. Thankfully, the additional perspiration did not lead to a dramatic leveller being conceded.

While there was an element of drama when Saturday’s opponents visited Scotswood earlier in the season. It was Yarm & Eaglescliffe who found themselves ahead back in August, it was not until the 80th minute when Dean Holmes would finally swing the pendulum back the other way.

Something which sets up Saturday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Yarm & Eaglescliffe for the upcoming hospitality and for those attending from an away perspective, safe travels both there and back.



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