The latest leg of Blue Star’s football tour is on the horizon and after travelling to Ponteland last Saturday, it is Newcastle Independent which serve as the hosts for this. While in addition to another away day, it is also one that sees the league’s newest top two sides square off.
Because after the recent win at Burradon & New Fordley, the complexion of the Northern Alliance Premier Division has since undergone a slight change and what was a five-point gap over Saturday’s opposition, is now down to three.
While Burradon themselves were given last weekend off and with them now possessing a game in hand over their two title rivals, they will also be keeping a keen eye on what unfolds at the Coach Lane Sports Centre.
Which means a three-way title fight is shaping up over the autumn and winter months and after dropping two points at Ponteland, this upcoming meeting with Independent takes on slightly more importance.
After last Saturday saw Blue Star race into a two-goal lead, maximum points almost looked a formality and with a comfortable cushion at the interval, it would have been difficult to see another outcome unfold at the final whistle.
However, this beautiful game can have a habit of turning ugly at times and if complacency kicks in, punishment is usually not far away.
That though was last weekend and although the result would have been a bitter pill to swallow, the best possible medicine is a win straight after.
A win that will certainly have to be earned and although Independent only gained promotion at the end of last season, they are not aiming to simply make up the numbers in the top flight. Which also means two highly ambitious clubs will soon be going toe to toe.
Something sets up Saturday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Newcastle Independent for the upcoming hospitality and for those who will be attendance from an away perspective, safe travels both there and back.