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Winlaton Community v Newcastle Blue Star (13/08/2022)

Two games in and maximum points for Blue Star, that is the tale of tape as we go into Saturday and with a third game in a week, this and the expected weekend heatwave will certainly offer a test to both they and their upcoming opposition.

Opposition that comes in the form of Winlaton Community and with Saturday’s hosts suffering a pair of early season defeats, it is they that have the unfortunate task of propping up the rest of the Northern Football Alliance at present.

However, just as we learned on Wednesday, no opposition in this division can be taken lightly and although the league table is always the key indicator at the end of the campaign, it should not be taken as gospel before the start of the third gameweek.

Thankfully on Wednesday though, patience was a huge virtue and with a penalty being slotted home in the dying seconds of the game, the frustration of the previous 89 minutes had thankfully dissipated.

Frustration that came in the summer sun as AFC Newbiggin were certainly difficult to breakdown and with club moving quickly to register forward Jamie Holmes; his addition in attack will undoubtedly be welcomed.

Then again, it would be unfair to shine a light on just the attacking third of the pitch and with the defence managing two clean sheets in as many matches, there is already a steady platform to build on at the back.

One that will undoubtedly be tested come Saturday and Winlaton looking to get off the mark in terms of league points, they will look to test themselves against one of the five teams that have a 100% league record before Saturday.

Which is why this encounter should be an entertaining one for both sets of supporters. A big thanks to Winlaton Community 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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