NORTHERN FOOTBALL ALLIANCE
SATURDAY 19TH DECEMBER 2020
14:00 KICK OFF
SCOTSWOOD SPORTS CENTRE
Saturday's visitors to Scotswood were Blyth Town in what was an eagerly anticipated fixture going int the Christmas break for both sides.
Blue Star kicked from left to right in the first half. From kick off Blue Star quickly went on the attack and saw a Norris header flicked towards goal only for Towart in the Blyth goal to gather with ease in the opening exchanges.
The opening exchanges were about both sides trying to get a foothold in the game Bulford and Norris linked up well down the right-hand side, with Blue Star striker Bulford beating his mam and laying the ball to Norris who whipped in a cross only to see the ball go out for a goal kick.
After 5 minutes and some good play by the visitors Gibson played in Ditchburn who slotted home with a composed finish to McCafferty's left to give the visitors a 1-0 lead, this gave the visitors an added incentive to go on the attack and moments later saw an attempt parried away by McCafferty to keep the score at 1-0.
At the other end Blue star went on the attack and won a corner with some good build up play again by the troublesome Norris down the right hand-side, the ball was whipped from the resulting corner and saw it volleyed over inside the 18-yard box.
The home side were in the ascendency at this point and saw a penalty appeal which the official dismissed almost immediately and this led to the official talking to a couple of Blue Star players.
Blyth then won the ball from the goal kick and went on the offensive down the right hand-side and flashed in a cross which saw McCafferty save and push the ball away for a corner, the resulting corner came to nothing and play continued both sides creating opportunities.
Blyth once more won possession and attacked the Blue Star goal which led to the hosts struggling to clear the ball away to safety eventually kicking it out for a throw in.
Blue Star won the ball through Colley who crossed in and the ball was flicked towards goal only for Towart gather with ease and relieve the pressure on the visitors. Blyth immediately countered and saw an attempt blocked by Gilhespy.
Blue Star were awarded a free-kick in a very dangerous position on the edge of the area and Sam Norris saw his attempted shot at goal come back of the post much to the disappointment of the home crowd.
Towards the end of the half the visitors won the ball defensively and attacked down the right hand-side and crossed the ball in only for the defence to not pick up the Blyth attacker who was unmarked but saw his attempt go wide of the post.
Blue Star were adding pressure towards the visitors and dominated the closing exchanges off the first half and saw Bulford go 1 on 1 with Towart only to see his shout pulled wide of the post.
Half time whistle blown and both sides have created opportunities and a half of missed chances will be the talking point going in at half time by both managers and supporters. The visitors go in at half time 1 goal to the good.
The second half started off slowly, however sprung into life when Blyth attacked down the right and saw a chance turned around his near post by McCafferty who was making a number of saves to keep the score down at this point.
Blue Star attacked the Blyth goal and saw an attempt at goal blocked to the screams of handball from the crowd waved away by the official which angered the supporters and players alike.
The visitors once more attacked only for the home-side to go on the counter and win a corner, ball whipped in by Norris saw a glancing header come crashing back off the bar to keep the score at 1-0 to Blyth.
On 61 minutes the visitors pressed and saw a chance created by substitute Uddgren who set up Johnson to double the visitors lead with another cool finish and to add more pressure on the hosts.
It was turning to a frustrating afternoon for the home side and this was evident as Blyth were hitting the hosts with good counter attacking football and at times saw Blue Star stretched.
Blyth went on the attack once more with a through ball only to be awarded a free kick for what was a definite foul, the ball was placed on the edge of the area and the nerves in the ground could be felt, ball was struck and saw the effort go wide of the post.
Euan Anderson won the ball and switched the ball across field only for his team mate to miss the ball and award Blyth a throw in. Blyth were always looking for the counter and at times stretched the home defence with huge amounts of success at times.
On 86 minutes Blue Star were awarded a penalty which striker Andrew Bulford confidently stepped up to take, Bulford ran up and put his shot low and to the keepers left and saw his effort saved by Towart.
NEWCASTLE BLUE STAR
ON TARGET 6
OFF TARGET 5
SIN BIN 0
ON TARGET 4
OFF TARGET 5
SIN BIN 0
AFC BURRADON & NEW FORDLEY
Saturday 28th November2020
Northern Football Alliance
Scotswood Sports Centre
Newcastle upon Tyne