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Newcastle Chemfica v Newcastle Blue Star (24/02/2023)

As far as Blue Star are concerned, the march towards this season’s Northern Alliance Premier Division title has shown no signs of slowing down. Another midweek outing for the team at the top of the table to deal with, another scalp claimed in this month’s punishing fixture schedule.

The latest team to test themselves against Brian Smith’s men were last season’s champions Killingworth. They may not be packing the same punch as 12 months previously, but they still managed to find a couple of jabs after some neat Wednesday night footwork.

Because at one point before the break it was the visitors who found themselves 2-1 ahead. Two quickfire opposition goals arriving after Dan Lanning took and scored the first of two personal penalty attempts – the fact he missed the second later on was thankfully insignificant.

Insignificant because of Blue Star’s combative qualities when it really mattered. 2-1 behind would eventually become 5-2 in front. A three-goal winning margin and three more points to be added to the board.

While in the build up to Saturday’s trip to Newcastle Chemfica, NE15’s favourite sons have been handed a boost. One that comes in the shape of a confirmed walkover win at the expense of Whitley Bay Reserves.

A decision that subsequently sees Burradon & New Fordley now 11 points behind the league leaders – albeit having played two games fewer and with both the top two winning just a few days prior, it means Monday April 24th is still pencilled in to be the most pivotal evening of all.

Of course, the current leaders know that they cannot overlook the opposition that stands in their way beforehand. Especially as Chemfica themselves pushed Burradon close in their last outing and are currently positioned in the top half of the table.

Something which sets up Saturday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Newcastle Chemfica for the upcoming hospitality and for those who will be attendance from an away perspective, safe travels both there and back.


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