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Offline Optimistic Nut

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« Reply #725 on: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 04:03:30 pm »
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Offline Disco

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« Reply #726 on: Wednesday 27 March 2019, 04:11:05 pm »
Great finish by Giggs.

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Offline Ian W

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« Reply #728 on: Wednesday 3 April 2019, 10:41:42 am »
Bromley beat Leyton Orient last night, they've fallen so far.

Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #729 on: Tuesday 9 April 2019, 10:26:32 pm »
Cracking for Blyth tonight - 4-1 at home to Nuneaton. Possible late run for a playoff place, although they travel to top of the table Stockport, on Sat.
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« Reply #730 on: Wednesday 10 April 2019, 10:23:02 am »
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Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #731 on: Sunday 28 April 2019, 11:06:32 am »
Was at Croft Park yesterday, as Robbie Dale scored 2 pens for Blyth, in a 2-1 win over Southport. Blyth finish 6th and now face a one-off play-off qualifier v Altrincham, this coming Weds night. Almost 1500 there, which is a cracking turnout. :)
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Offline Paully

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« Reply #732 on: Tuesday 30 April 2019, 04:22:54 pm »
Hopefully the first of three play-off matches for South Shields tonight at home to Buxton!

Should be a cracking crowd!

Offline Paully

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« Reply #733 on: Wednesday 1 May 2019, 06:53:56 am »
4-2 win for South Shields last night - absolutely cracking match! Just over 1800 there!

Offline Matt

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« Reply #734 on: Wednesday 1 May 2019, 10:06:14 am »
Didn't realise that South Shields still have to win two more games- one against Warrington then another against the playoff winner from the Southern Central Premier. If they get it, they'll have earned it for sure.

Blyth at Altrincham tonight. A tough ask but 7 wins on the bounce means they arrive on good form.

Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #735 on: Wednesday 1 May 2019, 10:54:49 am »
Blyth unfortunately missing talisman, Robbie Dale tonight. He's off to the USA on holiday - was apparently booked at the start of the season when Spartans were way off the pace.
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Offline Paully

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« Reply #736 on: Saturday 4 May 2019, 07:16:49 am »
Shildon beat a young South Shields team 1-0 in the Durham Challenge Cup Final last night - Hebburn lad and cracking player Aidan Heywood MOTM!

South Shields vs Warrington today in the final of the Northern section - should be a huge crowd there - 2.5K I’d have thought - good luck!

Offline Optimistic Nut

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« Reply #737 on: Saturday 4 May 2019, 04:58:24 pm »
South Shields beaten.
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Offline Big Geordie

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« Reply #739 on: Tuesday 21 May 2019, 10:19:47 am »
Worrying goings on at Blyth;

Alan Armstrong leaves to manage Darlington, Sean Reid has left for Morpeth and Kieran Green has gone full-time with York. Rumours of more players leaving too over the coming days and weeks. Looks like the board are gearing up for relegation. :(
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Offline Paully

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« Reply #740 on: Thursday 23 May 2019, 03:29:04 pm »
Finnigan has left South Shields for Whickham - great signing for them

Offline Optimistic Nut

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« Reply #741 on: Thursday 23 May 2019, 03:48:28 pm »
They’ve already signed Adam Bartlett too haven’t they? Could have a strong team next season.
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Offline Paully

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« Reply #742 on: Thursday 23 May 2019, 03:55:00 pm »
They’ve already signed Adam Bartlett too haven’t they? Could have a strong team next season.

Yeah he mentioned that and Matty Pattison!

Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #743 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10:26:10 am »
Only potential issue with Whickham is their ground (and the huge amount of work they would have to do to meet the required ground grading). They have the makings of a squad (will be a few more incomings I'd imagine) to challenge at the top end of the table. With three teams being promoted next season it could be a race against time to get it all done, although I'm sure there has been ample preparatory work that has gone into this already.

Offline Paully

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« Reply #744 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 01:29:39 pm »
Only potential issue with Whickham is their ground (and the huge amount of work they would have to do to meet the required ground grading). They have the makings of a squad (will be a few more incomings I'd imagine) to challenge at the top end of the table. With three teams being promoted next season it could be a race against time to get it all done, although I'm sure there has been ample preparatory work that has gone into this already.

Hebburn have made a few very good singings with some more in the pipeline so should be right up there again! Promotion will be a must!

Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #745 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 02:22:41 pm »
Only potential issue with Whickham is their ground (and the huge amount of work they would have to do to meet the required ground grading). They have the makings of a squad (will be a few more incomings I'd imagine) to challenge at the top end of the table. With three teams being promoted next season it could be a race against time to get it all done, although I'm sure there has been ample preparatory work that has gone into this already.

Hebburn have made a few very good singings with some more in the pipeline so should be right up there again! Promotion will be a must!

I'd certainly put Hebburn in the mix at the top. Had a cracking end to last season and seem to have strengthened even more this year. Know its early days and squads haven't been fully finalised but the signs look good. Think there's feasibly 7-8 sides (Consett, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland, Hebburn, Whickham, Stockton, Sunderland RCA, Shildon) who could all fancy their chances.

Offline Matt

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« Reply #746 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 02:53:19 pm »
How refreshing for the NL1 to have several sides actively seeking promotion, rather than treating it like some kind of kryptonite.

Offline Paully

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« Reply #747 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 03:22:32 pm »
Only potential issue with Whickham is their ground (and the huge amount of work they would have to do to meet the required ground grading). They have the makings of a squad (will be a few more incomings I'd imagine) to challenge at the top end of the table. With three teams being promoted next season it could be a race against time to get it all done, although I'm sure there has been ample preparatory work that has gone into this already.

Hebburn have made a few very good singings with some more in the pipeline so should be right up there again! Promotion will be a must!

I'd certainly put Hebburn in the mix at the top. Had a cracking end to last season and seem to have strengthened even more this year. Know its early days and squads haven't been fully finalised but the signs look good. Think there's feasibly 7-8 sides (Consett, Bishop Auckland, West Auckland, Hebburn, Whickham, Stockton, Sunderland RCA, Shildon) who could all fancy their chances.

Yeah I agree mate - sounds like they've got a great singing to announce too! It'll be a good league that's for sure!

Offline TheNE40

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« Reply #748 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 03:36:11 pm »
Think the successes of South Shields, Morpeth Town and Marske United (along with Spennymoor to a degree) have a role in this, as well as the compulsory promotion enforced by the FA as of last season. That said, all sides have had to contend with massive travelling issues and costs (Morpeth had to go to Wisbech in Peterborough last year), and the fact that they've all performed well within their divisions shows the strength in depth of the Northern sides, and hopefully this continues will all of them this season and newly-promoted Dunston UTS as well.

Over the next few seasons (and as we know with the Northern League's success in the Vase), there will be more and more sides going up the pyramid (3 next season) so the travel impact will be lessened as there will be progressively more local games. For better or for worse, the outlook (and geographical footprint) of the Northern League will change over the next 5-10 years.

Offline Matt

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« Reply #749 on: Wednesday 12 June 2019, 10:57:42 pm »
Blyth's travelling next season will probably be the lowest in years. There will always be a few long treks, but getting as many shorter journeys makes a huge difference, especially when it comes to rearranged games due to weather / cup clashes which always pile up as the season goes on.