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Newcastle University v Newcastle Blue Star (16/09/2023)

All runs have to come to an end at some point and unfortunately for Newcastle Blue Star, their unbeaten run in the Northern League was halted last Saturday. 10 unbeaten before the visit of Boldon Community Association, an 11th without defeat proved elusive.

On what was a scorching September day, the Blue Star temperature was arguably a couple of Celsius cooler than usual and with the visitors showing life from the opening whistle, it was they who would bring in the heat in the first 45 minutes.

Early pressure was their reward, conceding a goal was the punishment for the hosts and although Brian Smith’s men were far livelier after the break, they would also serve up a penalty to their opponents for the second game in a row.

Another lapse in concentration when it arguably mattered most and this one was far more costly in the end. Not only did Boldon leave NE15 with three points under their belts, but league leaders Blyth Town also returned to winning ways this afternoon.

A double blow of sorts but one that can be softened with a return to winning ways this Saturday. The opponents are Newcastle University, the exam takes place at the Essity Park ground that they share with Prudhoe Youth Club.

Before the trip to Essity Park, Blue Star find themselves lying fourth in the table and seven points off the top. Then again, one must not forget that the rain and the fog have both come out on top this summer and the club still have two games in hand over their nearest rivals.

As for Newcastle University, their start to the season has been a learning curve of sorts. They currently lie 12th in the table having won four, drawn two and lost six. However, they did manage to get the better of Thornaby in midweek and will be keen to build on such a performance.

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


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