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Newcastle Blue Star vs Brandon United (19/08/2023)

Considering there has been plenty of rainwater across the past few weeks, it is rather fitting that Newcastle Blue Star have taken to the Northern League like a duck to water – five games played, a win in every single one.

15 points up for grabs and 15 points on the board, that is the tale of the tape as far as Brian Smith’s men are concerned and Tuesday would see them earn a hard-fought victory in front of their own support.

One that came at the expense of Bedlington Terriers and although the opposition had plenty of bite throughout the evening, they were eventually muzzled by Blue Star’s ability to grind out another victory.

Victory that eventually came after going ahead twice and subsequently being pegged back the same number of times.

An encounter that had plenty of ebb and flow throughout was finally settled by the latter part of Lee Mason’s second half brace. His composure from 12 yards managed to absorb the two defensive lapses that unfolded at the other end of the field. As before, the first clean sheet of the season still proves elusive, those involved will hope Saturday is when it finally arrives.

With that 3-2 win now etched in the history books, Blue Star find themselves third in the table. Only goal difference is keeping both the towns of Blyth and Chester-le-Street ahead of them at the time of writing.

Now the focus pivots to the visit of Brandon United and after playing them in a pre-season friendly only recently, the level of intensity will no doubt increase when the two teams square off within in the confines of NE15.

Brandon’s first six games of the season have seen them earn a solitary win, a single draw and four defeats and after a sluggish start to proceedings, they will now look to kickstart their campaign before September arrives.

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