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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)

General Discussion / Next season's squad
« on: May 14, 2020, 01:47:58 PM »
Given that so much is uncertain about next season - what league we will be in, when the season might start etc some strange news out of the Walks today with Chris Smith and Sonny Carey signing for next season -

Not knocking either of the lads personally as I think both had good seasons and given their ages / potential both would be classed as good signings in normal circumstances, but when Gloucester's chairman came out yesterday saying he has negotiated pay cuts for some of his players and won't sign anyone on more than they are on this season it does concern me that we are maybe jumping the gun.  SC said in his podcast there were a number of players on multi year contracts but then the article only references Rory, Hendo and Barrows as players who signed new contracts for next season.

I guess things will become clearer in the coming weeks and maybe a delayed start to the 20-21 season could help the club financially until such time as non-league is allowed crowds as SC has previously stated that all but one of the players have agreed to not be paid until the season starts rather than 1st August.

General Discussion / Chairman's podcast
« on: April 10, 2020, 02:40:40 PM »
For those missing SC's programme notes, he has taken to the airwaves with a podcast.  As with his programme notes, could do with a bit of editing but he is one for saying things as he sees them, obviously this sometimes splits opinion but it is what it is. 

Link to listen here 

Three topics in the first 'episode' - COVID-19 and finishing the season, furloughing players and free transfers.  No surprises on SC's thoughts on the first item, second was interesting and probably shows why the PFA and pro-footballers have not had the best PR over the past couple of weeks and not sure I would agree with SC's thoughts on free transfers but interesting all the same

General Discussion / Guiseley
« on: March 14, 2020, 11:20:59 AM »
So... with todays game on (as at 11am at least) what do people think IC should do?  Does he stick with the 5-6 lads who had to be 'carried' on Tuesday evening or does he bring in lads off the bench, or even those who didn't make the bench, to freshen things up?

Personally I don't think we have ever seen such a strong squad at the Walks so my preference would be to shake it up a bit and would certainly like to see Fox, Payne and Kelly in the starting lineup at the expense of Burrows, Jarvis and Power but appreciate you could make a case for a number of other lads too.  I don't think we need to be worried about resting players for the fixture congestion in March anymore so probably just a case of going out there today and giving the fans a good (potential) final game of the season

General Discussion / Atrincham on Saturday POSTPONED
« on: February 20, 2020, 01:52:41 PM »
Yet more rain in the forecast for the north west over the next couple of days which isn't likely to help us.  Big question for IC is how much he rings the changes from the side that lost at Chester, even though the winner came in injury time and he thought we gave them their goals they also had plenty of other chances on the highlights but hardly unexpected as they are a good side. 

I am not a fan of Burrows at left back but IC seems to want to shoehorn him in there, for me I would go with a back three and play wing backs, leave Richards and Alfie to sit in the middle of the park and then we have plenty of options for the front three.  I think Sonny has been unlucky to be the one sacrificed for Power and maybe Saturday might be the time to give Southwell his first start but I think you could make a case for any of the attacking options to slot in with Marriott, just need to find the right combination as maybe teams have started to work us out a bit more.

General Discussion / Squad
« on: February 01, 2020, 11:35:40 AM »
With the two new arrivals increasing competition within the squad are the next three games (against currently bottom 4 opposition) an opportunity for IC to rotate / tinker a little bit to make sure that a) those lads that were looking a bit leggy over Christmas get a break and also b) everyone within the squad gets a bit of game time and stays sharp for the run in?  I appreciate all games are important and no-one we play is going to just roll over to help our promotion bid but we now have so much quality I think there may be some scope to rotate before the two big away trips to Chester and Altrincham later in the month. 

Obviously the new lad up front needs some minutes and whilst Gash has been huge for us this season, I don't think it would hurt to give the big man a rest, likewise perming any two from Henderson, Power, Carey, Kelly and Hawkins will still create plenty of chances in most games and now might be an opportunity to let Richards rest his hamstring or give Jarvis a bit of a break before the final 'big push'.

General Discussion / 2 in, 2 out
« on: January 23, 2020, 10:21:54 AM »
So the arrival of Power and Southwell sees the departure of Stewart and Limb.  Wish them all the best and would hope they will be able to find new clubs for the rest of the season as both probably need games more than anything else with limited opportunities this season.

General Discussion / Boston (New Years Day)
« on: December 27, 2019, 01:13:53 PM »
Do we know what areas of the ground Lynn have been allocated, presume the Jakeman's terrace and some of the seated area at the other end of the ground?  Don't think they operate the same sort of box office as Lynn so just pay at the turnstyle?

General Discussion / Programme for Dover
« on: December 09, 2019, 01:16:53 PM »
Does anyone know why there won't be a programme for the Dover game - comments in both SC's and Mark Hearle's columns to this effect.

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