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Newcastle Blue Star v Winlaton Community (11/11/2022)

After fireworks off the pitch, there was certainly a tense ending on it. Thankfully for the legion of fans who lent their support to Blue Star last Friday, safe progress in the Benevolent Bowl was eventually secured.

Now though the focus pivots back to the Northern Alliance and with Brian Smith’s men currently possessing an eight-point lead at the top, they will look to continue their domination in the league this Friday.

Standing in their way of further weekend success are none other than Winlaton Community and after already playing host to the league leaders this season, they will be hoping for better fortunes this time around.

A scorching August afternoon saw Blue Star ease to a 3-0 away win and that particular performance was one that offered an early display of their title credentials. Now the task is as simple as showing them once again.

Admittedly the past two Friday’s have not gone quite to plan. Penalties required in their last outing; late goals needed seven days prior. Then again, just because NE15’s finest are not blowing teams away as of late, they are showing plenty of character at the same time.

An attribute that is just as important as any other at this stage of the campaign. Because now the season has settled down and a form of order is in place, this team has become more of a scalp than it ever has been before.

It has not been a case of the hosts playing poorly in the past couple of weeks, it is credit to the opposition that they have faced, and this has highlighted the fine margins that are involved when it comes to both winning and losing.

While just because Winlaton find themselves bottom of the table at present, they will have noticed the recent goings on in Scotswood and therefore, they will be primed and ready to raise their own game accordingly.

Which sets up Friday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A warm welcome goes out to the travelling Winlaton players and support. While for those who lending their voice to the home team, make sure to bring the noise throughout.


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