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General Discussion / away to Hartlepool (8th Dec)
« on: December 08, 2020, 01:12:36 PM »
Whilst everyone seems to have an opinion on the arrangements for Saturday, tonight's long trip up the east coast seems to have slipped under the radar.  Still 'doubts' over McAuley and McFadden and the preview on the game on the club website still seems to suggest Jones isn't quite ready to start.  Hartlepool are not in the best of form so hopefully we will aim to do more than 'park the bus' but with IC accepting we look 'brittle' at the moment I am not subscribing to Dilly's 2-2-6 formation. 

Richards, Barrows, Smith, Fleming, Brown
             Clunan, Jarvis
           Marriott, Mitchell

subs Jones, Kelly, King, Southwell, Loza

would also love to see Gash get into Mitchell's ear and reassure him that it is the goals the team get that count, not individual achievements but that probably comes with age/experience and will take time and reinforcing by IC and the management team.

General Discussion / Friends of the Linnets
« on: December 04, 2020, 10:56:20 AM »
Appreciate that this is a B&G Trust forum so if admins don't think this is appropriate then please delete but would be interested in people's thoughts on the Friends of the Linnets.

I am a member of both the Trust and FotL and have been asking for the FotL accounts for the past couple of months with no success, I have had an email from a committee member today to say that the accounts are not available as they haven't yet been audited due to COVID and when I queried whether the AGM would be moved to Zoom (other platforms are available) I was told this hasn't been discussed.

Now I know 'supporter involvement' is my hobby horse but how can the FotL expect to hang on to existing members let along attract new members when they are failing so miserably in including their membership in what they are doing?  I do my best to drop in their various fund raising schemes when appropriate to the threads on this forum and am often disappointed with the take up of many of them from the fan base but there are times when they really don't help themselves.

This isn't a 'slating' but a post born of frustration that given where we are on the field, off the field needs to start catching up and part of that has to be encouraging and enabling fans to be part of the process.

General Discussion / home vs Bromley (1st December)
« on: November 30, 2020, 01:49:24 PM »
So back to league action after the distraction of the Portsmouth game.  IC has to remind the lads they haven't conceded a league goal in the past two games and they won't be coming up against a side like Portsmouth again this season.  Unfortunately looking at a couple of the lads nearer the end of the game I think Saturday may have taken too much out of them for them to start Tuesday so IC may need to ring the changes, although nothing he can do with the centre halves or wing backs with Jones still 'a week away' last weekend.  Mitchell comes back into contention and with Gash now back in the frame the makeup of the squad, let alone the starting XI will be interesting.  I would go with

Barrows, McFadden, Smith, McAuley, Brown
              Richards, Jarvis, Kelly
                    Marriott, Mitchell

subs, Fleming, Clunan, King, Southwell, Loza

News of former Linnets / Alfie Payne
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:12:31 PM »
Alfie Payne has moved to Lowestoft during the lockdown

Never thought we quite got the best out of him, maybe he didn't have the physical stature required to replace Jarvis but certainly had the footballing nous to fill that role (outstanding in the York home game when he came off the bench and just made us tick all day).  Wish him all the best and think if they play him deeper than we did can see him opening up defences for Hawkins and others to get a hatfull.

General Discussion / Barker returns to Peterborough
« on: November 12, 2020, 01:10:22 PM »
No real surprise that the young lad from Peterborough has gone back having played a handful of minutes for us.  Nothing on club website but they Tweeted this earlier:

Club Statement | Kyle Barker

The club can confirm that Kyle Barker has returned to Peterborough United following a short loan spell at The Walks.

We would like to thank @Kylebarker34 for his efforts while at the club and wish him all the best for the future.

General Discussion / Home vs Wealdstone (27th Oct)
« on: October 26, 2020, 01:36:16 PM »
So after a hectic start to the season what will we look like after IC has been able to work with the lads 'properly' in training, including Saturday?  Presume McAuley is suspended and Jones out injured?  Hopefully we will be positive against another of the promoted teams although we need to move the ball quicker than we did against Weymouth, I would go with:

Barrows, Smith, Lupano, Brown
          Jarvis, Richards
         King, Carey, Kelly

subs Fleming, Clunan, Barker, Southwell & Mitchell

General Discussion / Away vs Weymouth (17th October)
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:42:20 PM »
Away from the FA Cup draw, we are in action at the weekend down on the south coast against fellow promoted Weymouth.

Seems to be debate around the keeper spot, personally I would stick with Mair as I think the problems over the past two games have been mainly down to those in front of him and the quality of the opposition we have faced.  Would love to see IC revert back to something more akin to what got us to the NL and look to play the ball through midfield so for me:

Jones, Smith, McAuley, Brown
    Clunan, Jarvis, Richards
           Carey, Kelly

Subs: Barrows, Barker, King, Southwell, Power

General Discussion / Corn Exchange
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:34:01 PM »
Just for those who don't follow the club on Twitter, the club have entered into a partnership with Alive Leisure to show home games at the Corn Exchange.  Limit of 100 people and assume the tables will be similar layout to a comedy club event?  Does highlight the inconsistencies in the COVID regulations in terms of indoor / outdoor venues but well done to both parties for setting this opportunity up.

General Discussion / FA Cup
« on: October 15, 2020, 01:30:22 PM »
Have to feel for the club - best cup draw we could have had at this stage (Notts County at home) and no fans allowed

General Discussion / Away vs Maidenhead (6th Oct)
« on: October 05, 2020, 02:23:59 PM »
With a point on the board earned against a probable playoff contender, we head down to Maidenhead in a positive frame of mind against a team that got beaten 3-0 at the weekend.

Key decisions for IC imo are whether he tinkers with the formation to shore us up at the back and did the three attacking midfielders do enough to keep their starting roles?  Personally I would like to see us try a back three and then maybe go with a narrow diamond in midfield, assuming Jarvis can't do 2 x 90mins in the space of four days and if Clunan is available then pop him on the right and play Kelly on the left and maybe rotate Carey ahead of King as he must still be buzzing from his cameo on Saturday.  Plenty of options for IC, just a case of finding the right combinations whilst also making sure the squad stays happy and fresh.

General Discussion / home vs Yeovil (3rd Oct)
« on: September 29, 2020, 01:39:59 PM »
OK, all the smoke signals are that the season is going to start this coming weekend, so with all the usual COVID caveats what are peoples views on starting 11 and prospects for the season - yes a FOOTBALL thread  :clap:

Personally I still think we are a center half light and without Gash I do fear for us defending set pieces.  I think going forward we will still create chances even in a league above although whether Mazz can continue such a fantastic rate is unlikely at step 1 but still think he will convert his fair share, the rest of the forward line are hardly prolific so we really need King to weigh in to fill Henderson's goals from midfield and hopefully Carey will continue his development with more opportunities (the silver lining from Henderson's departure?). 

I haven't watched any of the pre-season but I would go with:
Burrows, Smith, McAuley, Brown
      Richards, Jarvis, Kelly
          Loza, Southwell

leaving a bench of Jones, Clunan, Power, Carey and Mazz

Pretty sure IC will go with something much different but I just don't think we will have enough in midfield if we play Loza and Power together out wide and I just can't see Southwell being a threat on his own up front at this level.

General Discussion / Fixtures
« on: September 08, 2020, 01:30:24 PM »
So they are out - 7 league games plus an FA Cup tie in October will certainly stretch the squad but at least we have 4 home games, including the opener vs Yeovil, combined with trips to Maidenhead, Solihull Moors and Weymouth.

Christmas does look like it 'comes all at once' - home and away to Notts County (H - 26th Dec, A - 2nd Jan) and Chesterfield away squeezed in between (28th Dec), although I still think the odds are against any away fans this season.

Roll on the season

General Discussion / Fundraising
« on: August 10, 2020, 01:31:32 PM »
So with the Trust's GDF season ticket raffle being drawn tonight and putting over 1000 into the GDF pot, what can be learned and where do we go next? 

For me, the big thing is that if the Trust hadn't taken some initiative there wouldn't be an extra 1000 - donations to the GDF II are currently just over 2400 (+ the raffle money) and it seems it's much better to run 'a fundraiser' whether that is a raffle or a quiz (that raised money for GDF I) than to just ask for donations.  Hopefully there will be something else in the pipeline between now and Christmas with a push to again raise a sum for a specific item that will be required for the ground grading improvements - I think a 'target' helps focus the minds and also shows those contributing where their money is going.

I appreciate that it is difficult in current times, both physically with social distancing and financially with many unsure of their incomes, to raise money but what are other people's views on how the fans can be encouraged to contribute (over and above match days) to the club? 

General Discussion / New sponsor
« on: August 07, 2020, 01:27:48 PM »
Well, those looking for more commercial activity - we now have a 'back of the shirt' sponsor

Had a quick look on Companies House - an 'interesting' Balance Sheet to say the least, but could just be a snapshot of a start up although I hope we have got the money up front.  Again SC seems to have found an obscure businesses with no apparent link to the club or area that is willing to put money into the club, not sure about the LinnetsBet idea but no doubt we will hear more as the season progresses.

General Discussion / Dover
« on: August 03, 2020, 02:13:50 PM »
Not the sort of statement you want to see from any club:

Worrying thing is we don't really know how much of this has been brought on by COVID and how much was there beforehand but, either way, I don't think we can be anything but concerned for football at steps 1 & 2 (where there are 'substantial' wages but very little non-match day income)

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