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Percy Main Amateurs v Newcastle Blue Star (03/04/2023)

After Saturday’s visit of Whitley Bay Reserves was called off at short notice due to a lack of opposition personnel, Blue Star were left twiddling their thumbs. No game to look back on and no idea what happens next.

Will it be an award of maximum points and a walkover recorded in the history books? Will it be a rescheduled fixture to add to an already busy final month? The answer to these two questions will be found out in due course.

We may be unsure what happens in this instance, but we do know what has happened elsewhere and that was a sensational Saturday afternoon in the Northern Alliance Premier Division. Sensational as Burradon & New Fordley’s own title charge was thwarted by Alnwick.

The team that recently stopped our own quadruple hopes may have also played a defining role in where the league title goes at the end of the season. A 4-1 away win for Alnwick, as Burradon ended the game with eight players on the field and considerable frustration off it.

A result that means the game in hand has now been used up. The wildcard wasted and the gap at the top stays at five points – not to mention the outcome of the uncontested visit of Whitley Bay to still be confirmed.

For now, it is a straight shootout between the two teams at the top. 10 games to go for each and Blue Star play their first at Percy Main this Monday evening. The objective from Brian Smith and his management team is nothing less than a win on the road.

An objective that certainly will not be easy to complete, as Monday’s hosts currently find themselves lying third in the table and after an impressive campaign, they will be keen to keep the likes of Cramlington and Newcastle Independent below them.

Something which sets up Monday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Percy Main 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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