If last Wednesday’s defeat to Wallington asked questions, then Saturday’s victory over Cramlington certainly had the answers. Seven of them in fact, as Blue Star cruised to an emphatic win in front of their own fans.
One which although does not erase what happened almost a week ago, certainly puts it to the back our collective thoughts and with that bump in the road now hopefully cleared, it is time for a trip to Seaton Delaval.
One that sees Blue Star play their sixth league fixture in just three weeks and with the frenetic August schedule not slowing down just yet, this will once again be a test of the ongoing fitness of the squad.
With that said, you could not accuse this group of lacking sharpness at the weekend and with the way that Brian Smith’s men have started the season, you always felt a statement victory was just around the corner.
A statement that was certainly delivered by the time that Cramlington crumbled on Saturday and for the promoted outfit, it was a lesson in the harsh reality that comes with competing in the Northern Alliance Premier Division.
Now though, the focus shifts to the upcoming task of facing Seaton Delaval and with Wednesday’s hosts having only won one of their first five league encounters, they will be wary of their opponents in midweek.
Then again, one should not ignore the fact that Seaton Delaval put Newcastle Chemfica to the sword at the weekend and with a 4-0 win earned on the road, they will now look to turn it on in front of their own support.
While with the league table already beginning to take some form of shape, the key will be to not only earn three points at Seaton Delaval, but also keep Burradon & New Fordley at arm’s length and the only way to do this, is by Blue Star returning to NE15 with a win.
Which sets up Wednesday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Seaton Delaval for the upcoming hospitality and for those who will be attendance from an away perspective, safe travels both there and back.