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General Discussion / Dover
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:27:51 PM »
Just to cheer SC up on a Friday afternoon, the NL have decided to slap Dover on the wrist (with a hanky), OK it's a 12 point deduction and 40K fine but compared to the costs KLTFC and others are incurring to complete the season the NL have shown themselves (again) to be completely incompetent.  So, Dover can now start planning their 2021/22 NL season and budget whilst Lynn, Wealdstone etc have to continue to go through the motions, racking up costs that will have to be found from somewhere (next seasons budget?)

General Discussion / Two more in
« on: March 22, 2021, 05:31:58 PM »
Bit more movement on the player front -

So a centre half and a right back/holding midfield player.  Don't think anyone can argue that they are needed given we went with three forwards on the bench at the weekend (and will now lose Mitchell for a couple of games).  I suppose the other question is whether either is likely to be available for next season or are they just 'filling in'?  Appreciate we need bodies now but for me, the more we can use this period to try and shape the squad for next season the better as it's pretty clear that the squad we started with this season needs some major work if we are going to be at least competitive next year.

General Discussion / Substitutes
« on: March 14, 2021, 10:57:57 AM »
Has anything been said anywhere as to why we didn't have more subs yesterday?  Whilst I can understand IC's comment a couple of weeks ago about throwing a host of younger lads in together having a detrimental impact on their development, I think the same could be said when they look at a bench for a home game with only 3 subs, one of whom is a 50 year old keeper.  Are we really saying Bastock is a better outfield option if we had an injury near the end than, say, Joe Taylor?  Personally I don't understand why the lads who have signed forms are not included in the match day squad, even if it was just for additional cover.

General Discussion / Linnets Donation Pledge
« on: February 23, 2021, 04:37:10 PM »
So, the club's latest response to the NL continuing and the lack of any further grant funding is "The Linnets Donation Pledge"

I appreciate SC is between a rock and a hard place in terms of how the NL's has responded to the COVID situation but this just smacks of more of the same without addressing the mammoth sized elephant in the room - for whatever reason KLTFC supporters seem unwilling to back the club sufficiently to sustain the costs of NL football.  Maybe once a decision has been made after the weekend those inside the club will sit down and reflect if the current approach is the right one in terms of financial viability going forward but all that can really be seen from the outside is that the model as it stands doesn't look sustainable.

General Discussion / Power on the move?
« on: January 13, 2021, 01:53:14 PM »
Seems Harrogate are keen to take him off Norwich's hands on a free.  Guess it works for Norwich who still retain an interest if he does go on to 'bigger things' with a sell on clause but equally don't feel its worth their while exercising the option to keep him for another year

Article says Lynn have offered to match his wages for this season which doesn't make any sense to me but maybe others will have a different opinion.  Personally I still think he has a lot to learn and either Simon Weaver thinks he can turn that potential into consistent performances or is just taking a gamble on a free transfer opportunity.  I guess time will tell but I do wonder about the people behind the lad as there seems to be a lot of hype which doesn't always translate on the pitch (even dropping down the ladder he hasn't been a consistent starter)

General Discussion / Ownership models - pros and cons
« on: December 11, 2020, 09:01:55 AM »
Whilst the debate rages (well at least continues) about whether the we have set the price for the return of fans too high there have been a couple of developments at fan owned clubs that might add a bit of perspective.

The One Show on BBC last night had a feature on Chester with their chairman making a lot of sensible comments about being fan owned and the restrictions that is placing on them and the struggle they face getting through the season.  On a brighter note, I have just seen this from our league rivals Chesterfield who are asking fans to pay for extra equipment that wasn't in the budget and have raised 5K of the 10K target in 24 hours. 

Much as I am not a fan of the 'benefactor model', I really can't ever see a point where Lynn fans would be prepared to fund a team above step 3 (at best) so maybe others are right and we just need to enjoy the journey with SC and IC and not think about what happens when it goes pop

General Discussion / Season so far
« on: December 09, 2020, 01:49:05 PM »
Now we are more than a quarter through the season and the National League is looking as tough (if not tougher) than many of us thought.  I still don't think IC has found a system that allows us to be competitive in enough games and looking at last nights selection the starting players were all here last season apart from Mair (Pedro debate has been had), Brown (quicker than Fox but still not convinced he is a better defender), Fleming (would have been McAuley if fit) and McFadden.  This to me raises a question about the recruitment over the summer and if it really added additional quality or just more players of a similar standard or who don't fit the IC's preferred system?

With the league leaders in town on Saturday and then two games against Notts County sandwiched either side of Chesterfield, who have found some form with a managerial switch, it doesn't look like the next month will be any easier.  IC continues to talk about 'men' in post match interviews so maybe getting in younger loan players isn't the route (lad from Peterborough didn't get much of an opportunity) so are we able to alter the squad and bring in a bit more leadership / experience call it what you like that will help us to compete at this level?  I think most of the players are capable of holding their own at step 1 so it isn't a case of wholesale changes but I do think we need to be looking to swap in a couple of new faces.

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.

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