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Newcastle Blue Star v Killingworth (12/04/2023)

A busy week for Blue Star but a maximum in terms of points on the board. Not many teams could have played three league matches and picked up nine points in the space of six days, but Brian Smith’s men are not like any others.

Because in the blazing spring sun that we witnessed just a few days ago, the current Northern Alliance Premier Division leaders scorched their way past Newcastle Independent and they did so by virtue of a comfortable 5-1 win on home soil.

Victory that may have been made easier by the dismissal of Independent’s number four before the break. Unfortunately for the player involved, it was not him who made such a crunching tackle on Dan Lanning.

Strange circumstances for the visitors to go a man down, but even if you take the lack of player parity out of the equation, the hosts were certainly worthy of another win. This is a Blue Star squad that is brimming with confidence right now and that confidence was exuded at the weekend.

The squad may be picking up the odd niggle from such a torturous run of games, but every player is doing their best to run through brick walls. There may be the odd private cry of pain behind closed doors, but nobody is declaring it publicly.

As successful as they were last Saturday, the packed fixture schedule allows them very little time to celebrate their positive performance. Another win ticked off, but another league encounter appears right on the horizon.

Wednesday’s horizon sees Killingworth make the trip to NE15 and after a sluggish start to the campaign, they are beginning to find a semblance of form towards the end. Unfortunately for them, they could do little to stop Burradon in their last outing.

A 3-0 win for the team in second, sees the status quo and the situation at the top unchanged. However, the road to the title has been laid out and the calculations have been done for when the league title could be won.

Of course, such permutations go out of the window if dropped points happen prior to Monday April 24th. A titanic tussle between the league’s top two but nobody wants the sinking feeling of suffering a draw or defeat beforehand.

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



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