In a season that has now reached its halfway stage, the outlook seems rather bright for Brian Smith’s men at present. The local area may have suffered from a recent bitter cold snap, but things are only just heating up in Scotswood.
With that being said, it was the weather that has come out on top these past two weeks. The scheduled visits of Newcastle Chemfica and Heaton Stannington A in league and cup respectively were just two of the many fixtures that have been deemed unplayable due to the conditions.
Even without any activity, the position in the league is still the same. No outings for the league leaders or the team that currently sits five points behind them. That title tussle will be rebooted on Thursday, as Blue Star takes to the field against Alnwick Town.
While this will already be their third meeting of this season. The first saw Thursday’s hosts run out comfortable league winners in Alnwick during August’s Bank Holiday, the second saw the two teams square off in the Benevolent Bowl.
A story far different from the 4-0 league win that was recorded on the road four months ago. Although Blue Star would eventually make safe passage to the next round of the competition, it required a shootout win for them to do so.
Nerve was certainly held that night, nerve will also need to be held across the second and most important half of the league season. Especially as Blue Star could find themselves eight points clear in just a few hours.
They may have slightly underestimated this opposition in the Benevolent Bowl last month, it will certainly have been a lesson learned before this upcoming league meeting. With both teams being inactive since December 3rd, each will look forward to a fixture before the Christmas break.
Something which sets up Thursday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A warm welcome goes out to the traveling Alnwick Town players and support and for those who lend their voice to the home team, make sure to bring the noise throughout.