The sprint towards the Northern Alliance Premier Division title began on Monday night and it began with Blue Star getting out of the blocks in perfect fashion. A trip to Percy Main was never going to be easy and it certainly was not after observing 90 minutes of league action.
Although the trip was never going to be easy, it was far from impossible either and with Dan Lanning managing to get his 13th league goal of the season just minutes before the interval, it would give the visitors a deserved lead.
One that would eventually be doubled by the composure of Dean Holmes. Two goals on the scoresheet and none conceded. An equation that ultimately led to three more points in Blue Star’s bank account.
Victory that also sees Brian Smith’s men now eight points clear at the top and although they may have played a game more than nearest challengers Burradon & New Fordley, you would much rather have points on the board at this stage of the season.
However, there is no time for Smith and his players to admire their efforts on Monday, as it is straight out of the frying pan and into the fire on Wednesday. A trip to Wallington awaits just 48 hours after the visit to Percy Main.
A schedule that is certainly going to be punishing and when it comes to punishment, NE15’s certainly suffered that back in August when they were handed their first league defeat of the season. A 2-1 defeat at home to Wallington offered a slight wakeup call before the summer sun disappeared.
While although the prospect of revenge being served will be at the back of Blue Star’s minds, simply winning the game will be at the forefront of them. Right now, it is not about settling old scores, it is about creating new ones that lead to victory.
Something which sets up Wednesday’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.