Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)


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NEWCASTLE Blue Star director of football Bob Morton is "extremely pleased" with the Kingston Park club's performances at the halfway stage of the season.

The Tynesiders go into this afternoon's game at Traffo rd seventh from top in the UniBond League Division One North and Morton reckons they are in with a great shout of making at least the play-offs.

He said: "We are only seven points behind leaders FC Halifax Town with four games in hand and of the six teams above us only Skelmersdale United have played fewer fixtures.

"It's a great position to be in at the start of the year and we showed on New Year's Day that not only do we possess a lot of talent, but a squad committed to the cause. Not many sides come back from a two-goal deficit especially playing the entire second half with 10 men, but that's exactly what we did and we might easily have pinched a win at the death."

Morton though accepted that Durham City fully deserved to be ahead at the halfway stage and reckons Lee Collings' side, together with Lancaster City and Skelmersdale United, will be in the shake up for the title.

"Durham have conceded only 10 goals all season but we've put four past them in two league games and another four in the President's Cup so we've got to be doing something right," he said.

"Expectations are extremely high at Kingston Park but I claim we are bang on schedule and if we can get a win at Trafford we'll be right up there with the leading pack."

Josh Gillies, signed from Sunderland Nissan, is set to make his second start. He impressed on his debut against Durham but was sacrificed at half-time when coach Mick Tait made a tactical move following the sending-off of skipper Steve Baker.

"It was a difficult game for the lad to make his debut but he did very well for 45 minutes and it was just a shame Mick had to replace him with a defender," added Morton. …

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