Although there is the small matter of a cup final to be contested in North Shields this coming Wednesday, there is even more knockout action to be undertaken this weekend. With the action coming thick and fast, there is no doubt that we have reached the business end of the season.
While the latest piece of Blue Star business takes the team to Wallington on Saturday, as a place in the Benevolent Bowl final is up for grabs. There is already one final appearance in the calendar, can another one be secured in just a few hours?
That is the question that manager Brian Smith will be asking of his players and he will also be hoping that his squad have the answer against one of only two teams who have got the better of his side this season.
The late summer reverse in NE15 may have felt like a long time ago, as Wallington ran out 2-1 winners in the league.However, the outcome has certainly not been forgotten and there will definitely be a score to settle.
Going into this game, Saturday’s hosts have managed to already dispose of both Whitley Bay Reserves and Percy Main in the two previous rounds of the competition. Scoring seven goals and conceding none in the process. With pedigree such as this, they are not to be underestimated.
While just like last week’s League Cup clash with Newcastle Chemfica, Blue Star will be viewed as the biggest scalp of all. One that the most recent visitors to Scotswood failed to claim for themselves, as the conditions were bordering close to sub-zero at times.
A 1-0 home win is now in the history books and a semi-final trip to Alnwick to go with it as the reward. Now though, it is time to claim another reward and find out who out of Burradon & New Fordley and Newcastle Independent are waiting in the Benevolent Bowl’s showpiece event.
Something which sets up Saturday’s clash rather nicely indeed. A big thanks to Wallington for the upcoming hospitality and for those who will be attendance from an away perspective, safe travels both there and back.