Although the recent League Cup Third Round draw threw up an away tie for Newcastle Blue Star to deal with, an agreed change of venue means that Newcastle Chemfica are playing the role of visitors this evening.
While home advantage was certainly on show seven days ago, as Brian Smith’s men recorded a 4-1 league win over AFC Newbiggin. One that for 24 hours at least, put them 11 points clear at the top of the Northern Football Alliance Premier Division.
However, that 11-point gap was soon restored back to eight, as Burradon & New Fordley’s narrow win at Winlaton Community a day later, meant there is no change in the current outlook of this season’s title race.
A race that is just placed into the pitlane for the next couple of weeks, as it is cup football all the way in NE15 and with three additional fronts to also contend with, the first of those skirmishes takes place in just a few hours.
With talk of a potential quadruple now beginning to get louder, the fine line between confidence and arrogance will have to be tread carefully. Then again, you cannot be seen to be arrogant if you are getting results on the pitch.
That has certainly been the case in recent times and not only are positive results being recorded, but lightning fast starts have now become the norm. No longer are the opponents having to be ground down, instead they are being blown away.
Something that Newcastle Chemfica will certainly have to be wary of and although they are languishing in midtable as far as their league exploits are concerned, they would love nothing more than to claim a huge knockout scalp.
There may be a certain cup final taking place in London on Sunday, but this fixture should not be overlooked. A warm welcome goes out to the traveling Newcastle Chemficaplayers and support and for those who lend their voice to the home team, make sure to bring the noise throughout.