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Newcastle Blue Star v AFC Newbiggin (17/02/2023)

A trip to the coast is always nice when the sun is shining. A trip to the coast is even better when your team scores five unanswered goals and records an impressive victory. Thankfully for supporters of Blue Star, both these were in effect last weekend.

While Brian Smith’s men certainly wasted no time in getting quick out of the blocks and with an early Dan Lanning goal setting the tempo – something that seems to be a regular theme in recent weeks, maximum points from the visit to Whitley Bay Reserves would soon be recorded with relative ease.

Another regular theme is multiple goals being added to the scoresheet. A pleasing sight at any juncture, even more so when a trio of clean sheets are registered at the same time. For all the credit the attackers are getting, the defence should be awarded just as much.

Since the eventual shootout win over Heaton Stannington A, the back line has been nothing short of imperious. Not only that, but even with tweaks in personnel from game to game, the same unbreachable fort has been in place.

A bedrock that allows those in front to surge forward and collect the goals that are not only needed to win matches but trophies as well. Bump up the goal difference in the Northern Alliance Premier Division and it can be worth an extra point at the end of the campaign.

Something that may prove to be the difference as Burradon & New Fordley continue to stay on the heels of the current league leaders. Both sides won their respective fixtures last weekend, it is as you were in the race for the title.

Tonight sees AFC Newbiggin visit Scotswood and the near gale force winds that are currently swirling in the air. The last time these two teams met, it needed an injury time penalty for Blue Star to earn maximum points on the road.  

Something which sets up Friday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A warm welcome goes out to the traveling AFC Newbigginplayers and support and for those who lend their voice to the home team, make sure to bring the noise throughout.



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