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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup Draw
« on: October 17, 2021, 08:53:59 PM »
Has to be close to a sell out.  TV might fancy it as well

How many televised games in the first round?  Obviously still lots to be decided with the replays from yesterdays games but I don't think our game is that attractive to the neutral - team in bottom half of NL with poor home record vs team in bottom half of L2.  To be honest there are much bigger teams coming to the Walks in the league this season and I can't see Walsall bringing that many so think if we get 2000 that would be a good figure

General Discussion / Re: Klfc v Peterborough sports
« on: October 17, 2021, 12:02:12 PM »
Thought it said in match report that Bowery was injured in training.

Thanks, the just read the report on the club site which I couldn't see earlier (cache issues or not posted?), report says Bird and Denton were rested - hell of a rest for them having not played since 11th September and 28th September respectively so would have thought one could have been on the bench if fit.  Also says Bowry should be fit for next week so that will help too.

General Discussion / Re: Klfc v Peterborough sports
« on: October 17, 2021, 10:13:51 AM »
A good cup tie which Peterborough Sports more than played their part in and certainly hard to say there were two steps between the sides, probably won't be next season.

Squad looked very stretched, was Bowry injured or had Cheltenham not cleared him to play in the cup?  No update in the preview on how long Bird and Denton will be out but I don't think we can go to Torquay with Sundire as emergency left wing back.  On the positive front Clunan had another good game and Omotayo (and Linton when he came on) had better games so can hopefully both draw some confidence from yesterday when we return to league action.  Obviously the game was overshadowed by the injury to Joe Rowley who will be a huge loss, Barrett had some nice touches when he came on but I can't see how you can play him and McGavin in the same midfield, Coleman can't do the closing down for all of them. 

Good to get the income from the win but I think IC may be hoping that our 'big game' comes in the next round and he can then get back to trying to secure NL survival with the resources available to him

General Discussion / Re: Breaking News.
« on: October 14, 2021, 08:55:20 AM »
B&B, I don't think it's negative to have concerns about the new lads injury record - this is what he posted on Twitter yesterday

"Delighted to be here and kick on, I fell out of love with my biggest passion the last 2 years. But Iím ready to get fit & show what I can do"

Now, much as I wish the lad all the best there have to be questions around his fitness and I think we should be realistic about that, particularly given the size of our squad and the pressure to throw him into games sooner rather than later, but he left Bristol Rovers at the start of September

General Discussion / Re: Breaking News.
« on: October 13, 2021, 10:49:35 PM »
Signed on a 2 year deal Tony .

Thanks, missed that on first reading.  Absolute complete madness and just tops off a week of very, very poor decisions from SC.  Irrelevant as to how good the lad is, and I really hope he does well, but for us to pick up someone with his history and offer him a contract term beyond the end of this season is incomprehensible. 

I know I sound like a broken record but we really don't look like we have a wide enough range of contacts to support a NL set up

General Discussion / Re: Breaking News.
« on: October 13, 2021, 10:10:07 PM »
I have to agree with Mall, this looks like a huge gamble for the club but maybe that is where we are when it comes to recruitment?  Looking at his fitness levels the obvious parallel is with King so hopefully we have learnt from that experience and with Barrett coming in without any initial outlay lets hope he is on a short-term deal which gives him the incentive to prove Barton made a mistake.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Taylor
« on: October 13, 2021, 06:28:40 PM »
Guess that means that he still don't figure in the Managers plans for the time being at least. As its no secret we need additional fire power, I wonder if that means Culverhouse is confident of briniging someone in soon.   :dontknow:

Do you think that might be on the cards B&G ?

8pm according to the club's Twitter page?

General Discussion / Re: Klfc v Peterborough sports
« on: October 12, 2021, 01:25:19 PM »
Why would you say the money isnít there KES ?   Do you think SC has already burnt through all of the 500k loans ?   Also if bringing a striker in was the difference between staying in the NL or being relegated to the NLN then would you not think that SC would dip once again into his own pocket to find that few grand extra ?

Mall, I am not sure anyone knows what proportion of the loans remain unspent but given that the previous promotions were secured with a fair degree of financial doping and I can't imagine 2020-21 or the current season's budget were set with a view to breaking even and with COVID I guess we have already spent a fair chunk and that is probably without lower than anticipated (in some quarters) crowds and the fact that repayments have already started on the bounce back loan.

At the recent fans forum, SC did say that all of the modelling and planning for the future was based on staying in the current division but whether that is worth yet more cash is really down to SC, personally I think we have already gambled more than is reasonable for the future of the club so I would accept that the budget is what it is and if we can't secure NL football with that then so be it.  SC said the Sport England loan repayments kick in in four years time - that is a hell of a long timeframe to maintain NL status and lets be honest are we unlikely to be able to do that without a massive cash injection from elsewhere so maybe we should start trying to live within our means sooner rather than later?

KES, you beat me to it and yes, there was an element that the question from Backie was a set up to allow SC to give the 'depends on crowds' response.  Certainly if the two games since the price reduction are anything to go by we won't see a new striker anytime soon

General Discussion / Re: Klfc v Peterborough sports
« on: October 11, 2021, 01:35:37 PM »
If ever the club need to pull together Saturday is a must..
With the return of gash & fryatt the potential banana skin is on the cards.
But from the keeper, defenders, and particularly the strong midfield contingent I see us
Scraping through by the odd goal. The only concern is how and who will play the forward position...
Expecting 1250 - 1500 crowd..... 🙏⚽👊

Even more limited options for IC this weekend - Walker loan spell has ended and Taylor is cup tied so basically the two who started this Saturday look nailed on certainties.  Might be scope for IC to give Gyasi a chance in place of Rowley who came off limping on Tuesday and the same again on Saturday, much as it is a 'must win' game if Rowley isn't 100% I wouldn't risk him

General Discussion / Re: Name and shame
« on: October 11, 2021, 01:30:04 PM »
He is an amazing   character.   Just a few days ago he arranges a meeting with the fans to try and curb the growing feeling of unhappiness with so many things that is seemingly going wrong at the club.  To the manís credit he holds his hands up to say yes there are issues and wants to work to put them right.

Then in EDP he goes on a full frontal attack on a Youth set up in the Town that has been around long before anyone had ever heard of the name Cleeve.

Now we see a name and shame on a young supporter.

PR at the club is really something else.

I have to say that I don't really understand what angle he is coming from with the EDP article on Saturday, or more to the point, what he is really hoping to achieve with it.

I'm surprised that the people at the EDP even gave it column space!

Exactly what we said on the terraces on Saturday, as much as it is clear relations are strained with the Council, this is hardly likely to help the relationship

I am not really sure the EDP care about what is written as it is a feature article by a guest contributor so SC probably has a fair degree of autonomy in terms of topics and content - basically column inches filled for little effort.

As for the Twitter storm, whilst SC may have had a valid point about a supporter 'underpaying', there are a number of ways to address this sort of issue and I would say posting on Twitter wouldn't have been my first choice!

General Discussion / Re: Joe Taylor
« on: October 10, 2021, 11:59:08 AM »
Always good to see local players as it motivates the local interest.
The best performers seem to be amongst those with pride in the
Local area. Yesterday Aaron Jones and Michael Clunan two who were playing with conviction and enthusiasm. Last season Gash- Peterborough , Marriott- Brandon
not Norfolk but still near enough to create the energy and drive to make Linnets the best non league club in East Anglia which brings me to further points.
What are the advantages of being a full time club?
The summer recruits and loan players are disappointing ( one exception being Paul Jones)
The above comments are made after watching 540 minutes of league football this season and two goals!

Might be a bit of 'selective memory' there CL - not sure Gash or Marriott ever considered KL as their local club (may have been different for Jarvis) but fully take on board that the spirit that IC helped build over his tenure is now in a state of flux due to the necessary player turnover as we have risen up through the leagues the past couple of seasons. 

Appreciate we are now ten games in and two goals in six home games obviously isn't good enough but I would still maintain we are better than last year - we are 'in' most games and probably haven't always got what we have deserved from games but understand that we do need points on the board.  Personally I have been pleased with the recruitment this season - signings Bird and Coleman are both considerably better than who they replaced and on the loan front Rowley continues to be a bright spot although whether we can keep him after January remains to be seen.

Full time was a gamble - IC pushed for it and SC has backed him - but I guess we will only know if it was worth it come the end of the season.

General Discussion / Re: Joe Taylor
« on: October 09, 2021, 11:25:54 PM »
I agree with KES that it is obviously a big step up for Joe and he will need some time to adjust but there was enough positivity in his play to justify giving him more chances.  As for Walker, I think his loan spell ends next week and I can't see that being extended and Gyasi hasn't really done anything to justify getting more game time imo. 

General Discussion / Re: Solihull moors at Home
« on: October 09, 2021, 07:01:41 PM »
Well, after listing a number of positives from Tuesday evening, today's positive is limited to a single point - Joe Taylor making his debut and even that is tempered by how knackered he looked which just shows why he doesn't need to go back to Wroxham but will still take him a while to get up to NL speed.  He also gave the crowd a lift which was sorely needed.

Not sure what IC said to them before the game but I assume it wasn't 'let them have all the possession and when we get it just lump it up the field'.  I know Omotayo might come in for some stick but Tuesday we played to his strengths moving defenders around and playing diagional balls, today was the complete opposite where we just hit long, straight balls that were just meat and drink for the Solihull defenders.  Solihull were probably the poorest side we have seen at the Walks this season but we have to be prepared to play our football and whilst neither side deserved all three points we just didn't create enough.  One more negative - the officials had to be the worst (not biased as Ardley was just as upset as the Lynn bench at times) we have had this season

General Discussion / Re: Solihull moors at Home
« on: October 08, 2021, 01:53:47 PM »
I would like to think the attendance would be a lot more than 1100 tomorrow, particularly given the weather forecast.

On the pitch, I just hope our luck turns in front of goal and we can put together a bit of a run, including a positive result next week in the cup.  No preview as yet from the club so still no injury updates but can't see that any of Tuesday evenings starters wouldn't keep their place if they are all fit.  Plenty of positives from the Barnet game to take into Saturday so hope we can get our first win at the Walks this season although like B&G, I think we might need to score at least twice to achieve that.

General Discussion / Re: Barnet at home Tuesday night
« on: October 06, 2021, 02:03:34 PM »
Weíve picked up 4 handy points in the last 2 games.  Realistically, we have failed to score enough to win at home against a team that is doing badly.  I donít think that will change any time soon, until we find the elusive gialscorer(s).  Omatayo must score some time, but how many games will go by before or after that happens !  We are now much more competitive, so much so that Gyasi would have more opportunities to score, and I feel sure he would bag more than Omatayo.  Havenít seen him, but I suspect heís a throw-back to the former game that used to be the norm.

Dilly, as you say, you haven't seen him.  Whilst Omatayo is tall, he is hardly 'a bruiser' and he and Linton linked up well last night and were both involved in the side creating a number of chances, which unfortunately weren't taken but, for me at least, we actually looked like we had options in the final third for the first time this season.  As for Gyasi, IC sets his team up to pass, move and make intelligent use of the ball which was in evidence last night and if you watch Clunan's goal it came from a well constructed move, Gyasi looks quick and 'tricky' but there is very little 'final product' and he doesn't seem to be able to see the runs or space that would see him add to the team, what he does bring is that something different which some may view as worth a late gamble rather than something you would want to build a team around at NL level

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