After last Friday’s dramatic league win over Haltwhistle Jubilee, those in attendance will have only just caught their breath. At two goals each and in the final seconds of the game, an injury-time winner from Gary Ormston would not only earn maximum points but also break the visitors’ hearts.
With those hearts in pieces, there was also time for Nelson Ogbewe to wrap up proceedings and with results going Blue Star’s way a day later, Brian Smith’s men now find themselves eight points clear at the top of the Northern Alliance.
However, it is not league places that are up for grabs in just a few hours, it is cup progress instead. With the Benevolent Bowl beginning this weekend, it is Alnwick Town who will provide the opposition.
An additional cup competition also means another front for Blue Star to compete in. With three different competitions being contested in as many weeks, the start of November is going to shape the rest of the campaign.
A shape that hopefully is triangular in success and although talk of the treble is nothing more than a whisper at present, this fixture will be treated just as important as any other. Even if, the management team decides to rotate the personnel involved.
Because of the depth of talent within the squad, it is precisely this which will aid any hopes of winning multiple trophies at the end of the season. While it also provides any fringe players a chance to stake a regular starting berth for themselves.
Of course, cup football has a habit of throwing up a banana skin from time to time and this is something that the hosts will be wary of. It is also something that the visitors would love to see them slip on.
With firework night just around the corner, let’s hope there are fireworks on the pitch. A warm welcome goes out to the traveling Alnwick players and support and for those who lend their voice to the home team, make sure to bring the noise throughout.