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Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Linnet on February 27, 2020, 09:51:01 AM
Just looking at the forecast for today onwards, can't help thinking the game may be in doubt, again, sadly.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: westlynnmike on February 27, 2020, 10:14:30 AM
Hopefully a Footy-Fix at The Walks on Saturday  :clap: :clap: :clap:

We are certainly missing that spark that Michael Clunan brings in Midfield - not taking anything away from Jordan Richards but we need someone who can slow it down, control and release. I am still of the opinion that Aaron Jones can do that job (short term) until Michael is back.

Teams have cottoned on to Michael Gash and Adam Marriott and are marking them tightly - that should give other players the room to capitalise.

I am going for a 2 - 1 win with 1150 attendance.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: TonyM on February 27, 2020, 05:33:02 PM
WLM, I think Alfie is more than capable (if not better) than MC in that role but IC has generally played him further up the pitch.  When he got his chance in the York game after Jordon came off he looked far more 'natural' in that slightly deeper role.  As for moving Aaron, I think you end up creating two 'compromises' both in the midfield and also at right back where he has proved a better option than Ross imo.

As for teams marking Gash & Marriott, we have to have a plan B, earlier in the season Adam was still finding opportunities (and I think will continue to do so) but we also played through the midfield more with goals coming from a range of players.  Still not convinced that isn't the way to carry on but with the arrival of Power we seemed committed to having a winger which has generally been at the expense of one of the other midfielders so maybe that is now the new plan B, so long as we don't adopt the panic measure plan X of Power and Hawkins both on the field at the same time as seen in the second half vs Kidderminster we should be OK.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Loughborough Linnet on February 27, 2020, 07:33:29 PM
WLM, I think Alfie is more than capable (if not better) than MC in that role but IC has generally played him further up the pitch.  When he got his chance in the York game after Jordon came off he looked far more 'natural' in that slightly deeper role.  As for moving Aaron, I think you end up creating two 'compromises' both in the midfield and also at right back where he has proved a better option than Ross imo.

As for teams marking Gash & Marriott, we have to have a plan B, earlier in the season Adam was still finding opportunities (and I think will continue to do so) but we also played through the midfield more with goals coming from a range of players.  Still not convinced that isn't the way to carry on but with the arrival of Power we seemed committed to having a winger which has generally been at the expense of one of the other midfielders so maybe that is now the new plan B, so long as we don't adopt the panic measure plan X of Power and Hawkins both on the field at the same time as seen in the second half vs Kidderminster we should be OK.

You make a good point about Power. Heís certainly one of our best 11 players, but Iím not convinced heís in our best 11. Prior to his arrival, we played through the middle far more. Now heís being used as an out, an excellent out against teams who push their full backs forward, but against teams that sit deeper his threat is somewhat neutered.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Paulos on February 28, 2020, 02:34:00 PM
Rain rain go away.... :banghead; :banghead;
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: dillydilly on February 28, 2020, 05:35:25 PM
We are getting less cavalier now that things are tightening up in the table.  I think we need to get on the front foot again, going for the opposition rather than sitting back and letting them come on to us.  Would like in away games to see Southwell in place of MG, and one of Kelly, Payne or Carey in place of Jarvis, to give us more pace and mobility, so keeping the opposition on the back foot.  That also gives us a stronger defensive set-up. At home, we ought to dominate with whatever line-up, but we must use our excellent range of attacking midfielders much earlier if we find we need more goal-threat.  Power is very dangerous, but suffered, as all teams do against a 20-legs forest defence.  Forget systems, and try to outnumber them in all areas of the pitch, like Leipzig !  All IMHO, of course !
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 28, 2020, 06:20:33 PM
Power has unbelievable pace but the team has to get the ball to him in the right areaís so he can use that pace with space to go into.

I see to recall Clunan was going to be out for 6-10 weeks.  It must be 10 weeks now since he was injured.

Any chance we can get an update from Steve Curtis re the pitch for tomorrow ? In two minds at the mo if we are gonna travel tomorrow.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: stevejuke on February 28, 2020, 06:58:29 PM
The pitch is obviously very wet but at the time of writing hopefully, the worst of the rain is over, just a couple of showers in the morning, but the pitch is flat and divot free, but will be heavy and may well look like a car crash at 5 pm, hope that answers some questions.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 28, 2020, 07:09:18 PM
Thanks Steve for that.  Top bloke.   3 hour round trip for us so can I ask Steve is there any likelihood the game could be off ?
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: nickc on February 28, 2020, 08:00:08 PM
Met office showing 4 hours of heavy rain for the morning. Hope that doesn't happen!
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 28, 2020, 09:35:32 PM
Bostonís home game with Farsley been called along with 4 other games in our League.  Not looking good.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on February 28, 2020, 09:51:51 PM
Forecasts I have seen show just a couple of hours of light rain tomorrow. With strong drying winds overnight and tomorrow, I think it could well be on .
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Bluboy on February 28, 2020, 09:59:10 PM
Bostonís home game with Farsley been called along with 4 other games in our League.  Not looking good.
You should see Bostonís pitch .... :shark:
I thought Gloucesterís was bad
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Bluboy on February 28, 2020, 10:05:25 PM
Forecasts I have seen show just a couple of hours of light rain tomorrow. With strong drying winds overnight and tomorrow, I think it could well be on .
Could you please tell me directions to the walks been a while  :dontknow:
Are the rules still the same ?? Canít  wait  :scarf: címon lynn
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: m a hill on February 29, 2020, 06:14:51 AM
Bluboy itís a long way from The High Chapperal
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 29, 2020, 08:43:46 AM
Mate of mine just had a look at The Walks on his way through.
His words were.

In a hell of a state no football is going to be played here today.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on February 29, 2020, 08:55:37 AM
Leamington off, York on
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on February 29, 2020, 08:58:52 AM
Mate of mine just had a look at The Walks on his way through.
His words were.

In a hell of a state no football is going to be played here today.

Inspection due?  :dontknow:
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: NORFOLKAND LYNN on February 29, 2020, 09:01:15 AM
I'm standing at the walks at the moment, its not too bad and looking at the rainfall live radar the rain will go in an hour replaced by dry windy weather. I played 324 times for Leyton orient in the 1970's and 1980's we would always played in conditions much worse than this.  The team needs to play that's the bottom line.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: little John on February 29, 2020, 09:16:59 AM
Leamington off, York on
Shame their ground isn't on the river bank in York....
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 29, 2020, 09:19:41 AM
My guess is they will see how it drys out and get an official inspection done at lunchtime.   Fingers crossed itís on as donít want to see Southport tar us with the same brush as we did Gloucester.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Linnet on February 29, 2020, 09:22:30 AM
Don't think they can leave it that long people will be setting out shortly, 4-5 hour drive Maybe they aren't planning an inspection
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: pc627 on February 29, 2020, 10:01:03 AM
MATCH OFF
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Linnet on February 29, 2020, 10:05:30 AM
Thx PC Not the world's biggest surprise heh?
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: NORFOLKAND LYNN on February 29, 2020, 10:17:25 AM
THE GAME IS ON  !!!!!

THe main website says the game is on .
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on February 29, 2020, 10:31:38 AM
THE GAME IS ON  !!!!!

THe main website says the game is on .

I find that with this club, you are better off following Twitter than the website.  :dontknow:
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: TonyM on February 29, 2020, 10:37:58 AM
THE GAME IS ON  !!!!!

THe main website says the game is on .

I find that with this club, you are better off following Twitter than the website.  :dontknow:

True, and often better to just follow the Chairman, this from his Twitter feed earlier:

"Despite the best efforts of the groundsman who has been at the ground since 7am todayís match is OFF.  There are one or two patches in the usual spots - itís very close but in everyoneís interests we need to make a quick decision"

Fixtures really starting to be an issue now and with Leamington's home match off today lets hope that things improve for Tuesday evening.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on February 29, 2020, 04:09:10 PM
If you think this is bad . . .


With the Southport game falling victim to the weather it means Lynn have managed to play just the two games in February . . but it could have been worse.
On Boxing Day 1962 (it was a Wednesday) Lynn entertained Ramsgate Athletic, winning 2-1 in front of a Walks crowd of 750 and it was not until 16th March that they saw another home game.

During the eighty days of inactivity at The Walks Lynn did manage to play twice: away to Hastings on 23rd February and to Dover on 9th March.
April 1963 was something of a catch-up month with Lynn playing eleven times (winning seven and drawing two). The season eventually ended on 18th May.

(Thanks to Admin).
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 29, 2020, 04:29:07 PM
Crickey that must have hurt the clubs cash flow going 3 months without a home game.  I guess this latest inactivity canít have done us any favours on the cash flow front either.  Letís be thankful for the big gates v Boston and York that should secure any problems on that front.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 29, 2020, 06:31:52 PM
Seems I got that wrong.   Stephen Cleeve ( on Twitter) has put out an appeal for people to buy their tickets for the Bradford game ASAP to help with a current cash flow problem.

With all the games we have left maybe he could offer a 4 match discounted  ticket to bring in some cash quick.  I know Boston did this quite successfully, recently. 

Mark (Hearle) would that be an option ?  Maybe just make it available for 7 days to get the cash in quick.


For those not on Twitter this is the Chairmans post.

It would be a huge help for those of you that are coming to the Bradford Park Avenue home game if you buy your tickets this week - would help the clubís cash flow a lot
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on February 29, 2020, 07:02:19 PM
Seems I got that wrong.   Stephen Cleeve ( on Twitter) has put out an appeal for people to buy their tickets for the Bradford game ASAP to help with a current cash flow problem.

With all the games we have left maybe he could offer a 4 match discounted  ticket to bring in some cash quick.  I know Boston did this quite successfully, recently. 

Mark (Hearle) would that be an option ?  Maybe just make it available for 7 days to get the cash in quick.


For those not on Twitter this is the Chairmans post.

It would be a huge help for those of you that are coming to the Bradford Park Avenue home game if you buy your tickets this week - would help the clubís cash flow a lot

It must be a complete nightmare at the moment. Vat would have needed to be paid only a couple of weeks back and I would guess wages are now due with it being end of month. And of course the wages have increased recently with the addition of playing and non playing staff.

Bills keep rolling in even if the money doesn't.

This weather has got a lot to answer for!
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: TonyM on February 29, 2020, 07:32:12 PM
Depends when the club's VAT quarter is I guess, are the lads weekly or monthly paid?  Obviously not a lot of 'win bonuses' to be paid out for Feb and dry month for the FotL 12th man scheme too. 

Personally hope we don't offer a discount along the lines suggested by Mallard - fans need to help the club not look for more discounts imo, that said I would have agreed with his previous post that higher than expected revenue from the Boston and York games should have partially helped carry us over this shortfall. 
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on February 29, 2020, 08:25:41 PM
Tony didnít SC say he had someone coming in to run the financial side ?  Surely that would include such things as budget planning, cash flow etc.

I didnít think it was a bad idea offering a 4 match packet.  Not everyone is gonna be able to afford two games in a week, so was just suggesting a way to lighten the load and get these people to all the home games. 

Every little helps, works both ways.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on February 29, 2020, 09:21:49 PM
Seems I got that wrong.   Stephen Cleeve ( on Twitter) has put out an appeal for people to buy their tickets for the Bradford game ASAP to help with a current cash flow problem.

With all the games we have left maybe he could offer a 4 match discounted  ticket to bring in some cash quick.  I know Boston did this quite successfully, recently. 

Mark (Hearle) would that be an option ?  Maybe just make it available for 7 days to get the cash in quick.


For those not on Twitter this is the Chairmans post.

It would be a huge help for those of you that are coming to the Bradford Park Avenue home game if you buy your tickets this week - would help the clubís cash flow a lot

It must be a complete nightmare at the moment. Vat would have needed to be paid only a couple of weeks back and I would guess wages are now due with it being end of month. And of course the wages have increased recently with the addition of playing and non playing staff.

Bills keep rolling in even if the money doesn't.

This weather has got a lot to answer for!


....and 2 more expensive away trips..........the one at Gateshead, would ideally be a travel the day before job, hotel bills etc....I guess if just a couple of hundred bought early tickets, that would help significantly.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on March 01, 2020, 08:34:01 AM
Dare I say it, weather looks set fair now, at least for next 3 matches !!
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on March 01, 2020, 09:59:31 AM


....and 2 more expensive away trips..........the one at Gateshead, would ideally be a travel the day before job, hotel bills etc....

I had heard that they were planning an overnight stay but don't know if that's still the plan.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on March 01, 2020, 11:37:39 AM
If Lynn can get a good result at Leamington and something from Gateshead, it could be the start of the run they need to lift the title...just one more decent run could do it, given the inconsistencies of the other contenders.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Stan on March 01, 2020, 11:47:25 AM
Why don't the trust lend the club some money to overcome their cash flow difficulties?
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: TonyM on March 01, 2020, 11:56:13 AM
Why don't the trust lend the club some money to overcome their cash flow difficulties?

The short and simple answer is that it would be against their constitution.  I suppose they could have an EGM to vote on it but given they have only just had their AGM, I can't see that being particularly likely. 
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: MARCUS ROSE on March 01, 2020, 12:02:15 PM
Why don't the trust lend the club some money to overcome their cash flow difficulties?

Its all self inflicted Stan. Don't spend what you haven't got. That's what most of us do. Surely a proper business overdraft would be the way forward.
Even if the Trust was allowed to lend the Club money, it would be very risky. With Club debts nearly £300k apparently, it could be seen as throwing good money after bad.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on March 01, 2020, 12:12:16 PM
Why don't the trust lend the club some money to overcome their cash flow difficulties?

Its all self inflicted Stan. Don't spend what you haven't got. That's what most of us do. Surely a proper business overdraft would be the way forward.
Even if the Trust was allowed to lend the Club money, it would be very risky. With Club debts nearly £300k apparently, it could be seen as throwing good money after bad.

I think the 300k is up to last tax year. Just a guess, but I think its reasonable to assume that its increased since then   :dontknow:
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: pc627 on March 01, 2020, 12:35:55 PM
Many people bought tickets for the Bradford PA game that was called off, which I assume are valid for the rearranged fixture. This is money already in the bank.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on March 01, 2020, 01:07:41 PM
Whilst "Don't spend what you haven't got" is a solid mantra, running a football club is an unusual business situation...if we had had 2 months of snow and call offs, I suspect most of the clubs in this league (York, Chester and a couple of others excepted) would have had cash flow issues.
After the huge input from the Chairman and others, this is surely not the time to take the high moral ground, its the time to get behind what is going on and hopefully help see it over the line.....whilst I agree the Trust has reasons for not releasing its funds, it is also hoped and necessary that new income streams and investment will be forthcoming going forward and if there are small ways that individuals can help, as indicated by the Chairman's recent post, then that  alsohas to be the way forward surely.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Mallard on March 01, 2020, 03:33:10 PM
If it is only a temporary cash flow problem maybe the Chairman could suggest to the players they take a part deferred payment on their wages?
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Nigel1505 on March 01, 2020, 03:42:23 PM
Would you.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on March 01, 2020, 04:01:36 PM
It happens, both with those involved in football and other business's.

Not such a rare event as some would think.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Linnet on March 01, 2020, 05:44:49 PM
Talking of cashflow I just realised that other than the possible rearrangement of yesterday's fixtures we will only have 3 home games in nearly 10 weeks between Kidderminster  on Feb1st and Farsley on Good Friday
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on March 01, 2020, 08:58:01 PM
Well surely that's not far off normal, 5 home games in 11 weeks
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Linnet on March 02, 2020, 08:02:02 AM
Indeed KES but 3 home games in 68 days is definitely below average
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on March 02, 2020, 08:12:29 AM
Ha ha,...either way ,however you look at it, it's tough on the cash flow Linnet. (would have seen it as 5 in 70 rather than 3 in 68 myself ha ha )
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Linnet on March 02, 2020, 08:20:15 AM
My point exactly  Glass half etc...
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: KES80 on March 02, 2020, 08:23:44 AM
Let's hope for a couple of top performances at Leamington and Gateshead, to get the momentum back and encourage some big crowds in for Bradford and Guiseley.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Paulos on March 02, 2020, 12:50:45 PM
Weather looking good today and fair forecast tomorrow let's hope the leamington game is on & we can start getting some points on the board again.
Title: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Chilvers Gordon on March 02, 2020, 01:04:26 PM
Many people bought tickets for the Bradford PA game that was called off, which I assume are valid for the rearranged fixture. This is money already in the bank.
and the Southport game.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Nemesis on March 02, 2020, 07:13:07 PM
That will help pay for the £400 fine for the confrontation in the Altrincham game.
Title: Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
Post by: Blue_and_Gold on March 02, 2020, 10:29:32 PM
That will help pay for the £400 fine for the confrontation in the Altrincham game.

For those of you wondering what the above refers to, I would assume its this:


MASS CONFRONTATION (NON-FAST TRACK) Ė STANDARD CASE
Kings Lynn Town FC, National League Ė North

Kings Lynn Town FC v Altrincham FC
National League Ė North
2 November 2019

Breach of FA Rule E20(a) - It is alleged that following the conclusion of the fixture, Kingís Lynn Town FC failed to ensure that its players and/or officials conducted themselves in an orderly fashion.

Charge admitted Ė contest Standard Penalty 1 (£400 fine).