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General Discussion / Banbury
« on: December 01, 2023, 02:02:29 PM »
So pitch inspection at 8am in the morning per Twitter (X) although nothing on the club website.  Can't see it going ahead based on what it is likely to look like having just watched the forecast.

Potentially another week for the injuries to clear up and AL having a stronger squad on paper to select from.  Still not convinced we have the squad to play how he wants or that AL's formations have necessarily got the best out of the players we have had available (two sides of the same coin?) but we now have the opportunity with only three games before Christmas to really do some work on the training pitch to help us get out of the relegation zone and hopefully to a position of safety in the new year.

General Discussion / Re: Ben Isaacson
« on: November 25, 2023, 02:09:29 PM »
What an absolute waste, AL on record saying he wanted to have competition at wing back then only brought Jones into the starting XI when Clifford got injured yet clearly a better option and I thought Isaacson did a good job when brought in early in the season due to suspension/international duty yet is loaned out.  Appreciate AL sees all players in training but I think he has got this one wrong

General Discussion / Re: Have we got a new Operations director
« on: November 25, 2023, 10:49:09 AM »
What is an Operations Director?

We have needed an Operations Manager (pretty sure the new bloke won't be listed as a director at Companies House) since we gained promotion at Warrington.  In answer to your question Dilly, it should be someone to look after the off-pitch activities which really shouldn't be managed by the Chairman of the club and as SC has shown this plainly doesn't work.  I am a little concerned that the news item on the club website focuses on the external relationships as, although these are important and bridges need to be built, there are lots of internal bits of the club that also require attention and in the short term are probably more important. 

I wish James all the best but I guess the real question is whether he will be allowed to do the job that needs to be done and if he will be given the tools and authority to get on with things or will SC micro manage him out of the door as has been the case with previous appointments to various roles at the club.

General Discussion / Re: Have we got a new Operations director
« on: November 23, 2023, 10:01:12 PM »
I guess this award has a lot to do with the young lady, Jodie Hopkins.  Been very impressed with the way she has embraced the work in the Community.   All credit to her.

I may be wrong about this, but didn't she leave the Club a few weeks ago?

Bit by her in the last programme explaining she was leaving for a new opportunity

General Discussion / Re: Full time players? You're Joking!
« on: November 23, 2023, 01:11:53 PM »
It sounded positive that SC has a masterplan which will hopefully see the Club working to a break even model next year.  Not sure if this something new he has come up with or the idea of summer concerts will be going ahead.  If it is something new has he lost interest in the concert idea ?

Just a guess, but could it be his version of this fan equity idea?

If so, and it's linked to the big loan the club now has being written off, I don't think I'll be holding my breath on that one.

Can’t see how writing off that loan will equate to the Club reaching a break even point next year.  I though SC was having to pump in circa £200k to balance the books.  The loan plus interest is to be paid back over what, 20 years ?

According to the new Podcast the reasons we are struggling more this season is Three fold....

1.   No Cup run this year.. ( is this really factored into finance for a year ?)

2.  Lack of players being sold on  ( again how can this be factored into any budget?)

3.  Lack of Crowds turning up to watch, ( SC struggles to understand why fans won’t pay overpriced admission to watch crap football).

Think I would disagree with Pink's analysis of the above:
  1. Think SC needs to accept that last couple of years we have overachieved in the cup competitions.  Unfortunate that we went out of both cups at the first opportunity but really this shouldn't be a major line in the budget as the early rounds are hardly money spinners and the later rounds don't come round that often so should really be seen a bonuses
  2. SC has mentioned player sales on the past few podcasts and it is starting to become a concern (for me) in that he somehow sees this as a semi-reliable revenue stream.  I would argue putting players on mulit year contracts (so they potentially attract a fee at the end of a season) has cost us more than it has brought in and I also think there are a few of the current squad who have been brought in speculatively with the view that they will make the club money if they turn into good players that attract interest from higher up the pyramid.  I think there are a lot more building blocks to be put in place before the club can be seen as a good nursery club and also the fans need to buy into that model if it is to be adopted as it will undoubtably have an impact on the pitch.  Also can't blame MH for the lack of player sales funds as he only recruited during the summer unless he argued to keep JB if there was a bid on the table
  3.  Again, can't lay the lack of crowds solely at MH's door.  Yes, performances haven't been comparable to last season but SC has accepted the budget has been reduced and without a huge slice of financial doping we can't expect to see the same level of football which is why it I can't see how we justify the expense of a full-time squad.  SC says he is off to talk to investors (mugs) in the next few weeks but the truth is there isn't much to invest in at the Walks and the sooner SC and the fans realise what we can expect from a more sustainably run club the better.

As for this times podcast, I thought it was one of the weaker ones with SC going off on tangents about crypto etc and he didn't really seem to understand how low a level of football Real Bedford actually play at - even Buster made step 5 work!

General Discussion / Re: Stourbridge.
« on: November 17, 2023, 10:36:17 PM »
Have we got a game this weekend? :dontknow:

Pretty irrelevant imo, however welcome Tuesday's performance and the three points were we are still need to be 100% focused on the league, am sure AL will want to win every game we play but realistically it doesn't generate enough money until the later stages to warrant the distraction this season.

General Discussion / Re: Linnets on form.
« on: November 15, 2023, 12:55:44 PM »
Great result last night and each and every player put in a shift which, along with the promised increase in fitness levels, were things that AL highlighted on his appointment and based on last night is starting to make good on.  I personally don't like the 'concede possession and defend our box' style that we have moved to but happy to see the upturn in results that AL's methods have produced.  Lots of good performances last night but special mention for Cybulski who had another very good game, often finding himself isolated, particularly in the second half but still managed to hold the ball up and wait for support too arrive.

General Discussion / Re: Rushall Olympic
« on: November 07, 2023, 07:13:52 PM »
With AL so far bringing in only a couple of young loaners it would seem he is content with the squad he has to work with...

Apparently not (see new thread), I think we have to appreciate the stage of the season and where we are both geographically and in the pyramid means AL will have to work hard to bring new players in that he wants and equally shifting players out isn't straightforward or without cost.  The club have issued an update on those out on loan, but these are mainly u23s

General Discussion / New signing
« on: November 07, 2023, 07:08:49 PM »
New signing available for tonights game

Strange that having said we had too many midfielders 2 out of 3 of AL's signings have been midfielders and only a teenage loanee in to address what many, including AL thought the biggest issue was - wing backs.

Wish the new lad well but does seem a strange one in that he is a long way from home, be interesting to know why it didn't work out at Kidderminster, hopefully not home sickness

General Discussion / Re: Rushall Olympic
« on: November 06, 2023, 05:25:29 PM »
I get that we have a few injuries ( goes with the territory).  Just not quite getting who these injured players would replace when fit ?   Apart from Barrett the others wouldn’t be guaranteed starts, would they ?

I think Hughes comfortably gets into our 'best' XI, it's all well and good talking about how well Morrison learns from his mistakes but Hughes is at least a year or two ahead of him development wise imo.  Appreciate Cybulski is playing well and improving but we have no one pushing him or available should his form dip so need Ponticelli back in the mix.  Dixon Hughes is a tricky one as it always looked strange to double up with two very capable keepers when there were clearly gaps elsewhere in the squad, for me Jones is playing as well as ever but maybe that is down to him being tested more than last year with how those in front of him have been playing.

General Discussion / Re: Peterborough Sports away
« on: November 05, 2023, 08:25:02 AM »
First away game for me this season and difficult to draw too many conclusions due to Peterborough's tiny pitch and the very wet conditions meaning any ball that was slightly overhit quickly found a touchline to go over.  Also Peterborough are well drilled, making the most of home advantage, closing us down well and creating space out of nothing with some crisp 1-2s and triangles getting in behind us at times.

That said I thought we played pretty well, with the midfield looking better with more movement with Smith providing the option of dropping in, so allowing Hargreaves and Morrison a bit more licence also positive signs again from the Cybulski/Stephens partnership.  Full backs still a huge worry both in and out of possession but with two options on the bench, AL only swapped Clifford due to an injury so have to conclude he is happy with his starters.  Special mention to Jones with a fantastic save in the first half and two or three other good stops.  So still very much 'work in progress' but we are looking a better team than earlier in the season, maybe not a good team yet but enough signs that, in time, we should be able to get ourselves out of the relegation scrap although the Peterborough chairman in his programme notes did call it a 6-pointer!

Away from the pitch it was interesting to see how much development has gone on with over half the away end now terraced and covered being a huge improvement from the flat patch of grass that was there just over a year ago.  Still a bit of work required on the catering side but sensible and welcoming stewarding ensured Lynn fans could use the 'home' facilities.

General Discussion / Re: Peterborough Sports away
« on: November 04, 2023, 07:50:54 AM »
...Should we really be happy coming away with just a point ? Just asking

Last season we went there in really good form and squeaked the win thanks to a bit of Barrett magic but as we all know we are a different team now.  Will be interesting to see how AL's system of just staying in shape and not actually challenging for the ball until it gets to our box works on their postage stamp pitch, space will be at a premium but hopefully Ben's goal last weekend will see him rediscover a bit of confidence. 

Still no news on the injury front to the likes of Hughes who we still really miss, yet again a much heralded media reset at the start of the season becomes more of the same well before Christmas, not a pop at any individual as it is something that has continued through different media teams / management set ups.

General Discussion / Re: Blyth Spartans
« on: October 28, 2023, 10:22:00 PM »
The enforced change due to JB's injury resulted in a similar lineup to what I had hoped for but with Smith playing further forward not the change in formation I had advocated.  First half we were way, way, way too passive with Blyth in complete control and still finding players in space with Lynn seemingly content to only make a challenge if the ball came into the box, that said they never really opened us up.  Second half started much like the first but then our midfield woke up and a great bit of skill by Morrison created the opening for Stephens to slot home.  Blyth's equaliser came from their one good delivery into the box.  A draw was probably a fair result as neither side really created much else during the game.

Positives for Lynn - Cybulski had another good game, already a better hold up player than Gold but we just need to create more chances for him if he is to match his predecessor's record and Stephens looked better playing slightly more centrally

General Discussion / Re: Blyth Spartans
« on: October 28, 2023, 10:56:10 AM »
Just feel AL will do what’s needed to limp through to the end of the season, hopefully keeping the team at this level.   Then expect a full reconstruction job in the squad in the summer.

However if Adam fails to keep us up then all bets are off.

I think that is what SC is hoping for, I have seen others commenting that this is a 'transition' season, unfortunately for me I don't think that is the case as I can't see full-time remaining financially viable and whilst SC will no doubt have plenty of reasons and culprits lined up to blame, the fundamental truth is that Lynn just don't get the crowds to sustain full-time without a huge slice of financial doping.  Therefore we, as fans, have to expect another transition season in the near future where the club reverts back to a more sensible part-time (whatever that looks like) model and for me that is what next summers 'reconstruction' if it comes should be focussed on.

General Discussion / Re: Blyth Spartans
« on: October 27, 2023, 04:59:16 PM »
Saturday’s game looks very interesting.  How many will turn up? Certainly more than the 650 plus from Tuesday.   Another week under the new man in charge should see greatest fitness and AL getting his message across even more.

Anyone know what Squad the Manager is working with now, as in who’s gone from the 25/26 man squad he inherited?

I think the 25/26 probably included some u23s who were taking part in first team team training whilst some of the main squad were returning from injuries, 30 players have squad numbers per last weeks programme but some of those haven't featured in match day squads.  Since AL arrived Sion Spence has gone and Yearn, Bartley and Sutcliffe have gone back from loans with Jones and Morrison coming in on one month loans, only other confirmation I have seen is Charlie Royle going out on loan.

Really hope that AL changes things up for tomorrow, yes we have won two of his four games in charge but they came against the bottom two sides in the league and they are there for a reason.  For me I see no reason why either full back from Tuesday could have any complaint at losing their starting spot and also think the time has come to dispense with the 5-2-3 which doesn't seem to help us control games or make the most of what we have, personally I would like to see 5-3-2 with Stephens stepping down to the bench which would allow Hargreaves to play more of his natural game in terms of making breaks from midfield without having so much defensive responsibility.  Without any news on Ponticelli or Hughes returning from injury I would go with

Jones, Crowther, Coulson, McFadden, Isaacson
           Hargreaves, Smith, Walker

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