After two months on the road, the Blue Star football tour has finally come to an end. A tour that started with Brian Smith’s men playing catchup in the Northern Alliance Premier Division and ends with them sitting on top.
Not only do Blue Star find themselves at the summit of the league table, but they also have a six-point advantage over their two nearest rivals and although Burradon & New Fordley have a game in hand, it is the current leaders who have the momentum.
Momentum that continues to be generated in recent weeks and after being held by Ponteland United a fortnight ago, the perfect response was found against Newcastle Independent just seven days later.
With a 4G pitch always being a difficult test for any visiting side, it is fair to say that Blue Star passed their exam with flying colours and after getting the better of Independent, another sizeable step towards the title has been taken.
A win by the narrowest of margins but a win all the same and when you look at the bigger picture, seven points from the last nine that have been offered on the road, have gone some way to defining the season as a whole.
Especially with a string of successive home matches to follow and with the fixture computer finally booted up, league action returns to NE15 this Saturday - action that sees Gateshead Rutherford serve as the opposition.
Opposition that managed to take two points from Blue Star at the tail end of last season and although a lot has changed since April’s 2-2 draw, the exacting of some revenge would still be welcome.
Which sets up Saturday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A warm welcome goes out to the travelling Rutherford players and support and for those who lending their voice to the home team, make sure to bring the noise throughout.