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Newcastle Blue Star v Redcar Town (29/08/2023)

Even after the first five consecutive league wins of the season, you always felt that there was more to come from Newcastle Blue Star. Victories may have been secured, but there was a sense of it being done the hard way.

An issue that certainly has not been the case across their last 180 minutes of league action. The winning streak has been extended to seven Northern League clashes, no less than 10 goals have been scored and perhaps more importantly, no goals have been conceded at the other end.

After making light work of both Brandon United and Washington in the past week or so, you can now see that Brian Smith’s men are going through the gears and one should not forget, that the starting eleven has undergone significant changes from week to week.

From one point of view, it highlights the depth that Smith and the management team can call upon. It also highlights the strength of the team when key names are absent due to the usual summer commitments.

Which means when everyone is available, this Blue Star machine is only going to march at an even quicker pace. Already they find themselves in the top two of the table, already they are beginning to turn heads at this level.

As we all know, Blue Star’s crack at the FA Vase failed at the first attempt. The road trip to Silsden did not deliver on Saturday and all they can do is learn from such a performance, as they now look ahead to the visit of Redcar Town.

Tonight’s visitors find themselves currently lying midtable after their first seven games of the season and their form has been a perfect example of a mixed bag. Three wins and four losses in the first month – this team may be unpredictable, but it cannot be overlooked entirely either.

Something which sets up this upcoming clash rather nicely. A warm welcome goes out to the travelling Redcar Town 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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