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General Discussion / Re: Aldershot fans not impressed
« on: February 15, 2024, 02:08:38 PM »
Tommy hasnít had a lot of luck with his signings from Kings Lynn.

Zain Walker not kicked a ball and now in his 2nd loan spell away.
Arron Jones  now on the sidelines after suffering his 2nd long term injury.
Ollie Scott.  Carried on his injury prone ways that he suffered with us. Out again
Theo W.  Oh dear.  Fans at Shots sussed out the situation there PDQ.  Daddy keeps giving him game time when the Shots fans can see he is nowhere near step 1 level.
Josh B... 2 stone overweight ( according to shots fans). Makes his full time debut and blows up after 20 mins.

5-0 home thrashing last night for Shots.  3-0 down at the break and Widd Jun gets booked.

TW did a very good job for us in terms of utilising player's strengths whilst hiding their weaknesses but much harder to do that in the NL with players who probably aren't that level.  Jones is a more than capable right back (maybe exposed pace wise once or twice a season but generally solid) but Scott and Theo would always struggle and never thought Walker posed any threat at NLN level so was unlikely to ever make an impact in the NL.  As for Barrett, for all his technical ability, I just can't see him getting fit enough in the time remaining this season and the pace of the game will be too much for him as it often was when we in the NL and he was fitter then.

Unlike some, I wish Tommy all the best.  Much as it wasn't a great time for him to leave and it doesn't appear to have been done 'properly', he took his opportunity when it came to go to a genuine NL club.  No doubt he will make mistakes (in hindsight probably took too many KLTFC players with him) but so do lots of managers and Aldershot appear to be better this season than previous years so far.

General Discussion / Re: Relegation battle.
« on: February 14, 2024, 12:52:08 PM »
Will the Columbian players SC is eyeing up come in as first team or Academy players ?  Be interesting to see more overseas input

Not really sure that is where SC should be spending his time but I accept we do have different ideas of what the priorities are at KLTFC.  Personally I think when he said in the podcast that it would be difficult that is probably an understatement and not sure how he could get through the requirements laid out here  That said we did get Ronan and Twite into the squad at the start of this season so presumably SC managed to jump through all the legal hoops for those two to be eligible - both from English speaking countries so do we know if either one or both maybe holds dual nationality?

General Discussion / Re: Relegation battle.
« on: February 12, 2024, 10:39:25 PM »
Quick update on Warrington's ground improvements in this article

Sounds like the weather hasn't helped them but they still hope to be finished in time, if they do need a bit more time I hope the league take a common sense approach and give them an extension, it's no way to be relegated and however much we might want to retain our NLN place, wouldn't want it to be down to the weather sending another club down.

General Discussion / Re: Survival
« on: February 06, 2024, 10:26:48 PM »
So we got that vital 3 points win at last! I wasnít there so could not possibly comment on the merits of our play but thank goodness we now have a fresh start to see if we can put a winning run together. Lots of draws and the odd loss will no longer suffice if we want to stay in the NLN. Looking at the remaining fixtures ( only 14 remain) and realising we need at least 50 points to be sure of survival, Iíve had a stab at seeing where those points might come from, trying to be realistic and not too optimistic.So here goes and you can tear this apart at your will ( as I know you will any way)!                                   
          Alfreton A Dr   1
         Brackley A Lose 0
         Farsley C H Win 3
         S Shields H Dr.  1
         Blyth Sp. A Dr   1
         Bishops S A Win 3
         Rushall O H Win 3
        Tamworth. H Lose 0
        Scunthorpe A lose 0
        ScarboroughH Dr 1
         Banbury.     A Dr 1
         Peterb Sp.   H Dr 1
         SpennymoorA Dr 1
         Chorley.     H Lose 0

                           Total 16 added to 32 we have = 48 (probably 2 pts short).  Winning 3 Drawing 7 Losing 4

                           This also assumes Margetts plays every game and scores at least seven

             What do you think? - Donít have sleepless nights-Iím hopefully wrong anyway.

FC, obviously lots of twists and turns to come but overall 12 points between now and Easter will probably keep us in the mix although probably not safe.  I would however hope for a few more than four points from the final five games but by that point it will be who handles the pressure the best.  The hope is that Margetts can prove the difference as more often than not it is goals scored that digs teams out of the mire rather than clean sheets.

General Discussion / Re: Out of the bottom 4
« on: February 04, 2024, 11:33:11 AM »
Good three points and four from the last two games is a good (and much needed) return which allows us to to look a bit more at those above us rather than what is behind.  Spennymoor vs Southport fixture in midweek is one to look out for and next weekend will get another game in hand out of the way of those around us.

Focus for KLTFC has to be internal as we have no control on what others do so AL now has a fortnight with the squad to get across his message and make sure he gets them set up for the final 14 games,

General Discussion / Re: Ponticelli
« on: February 03, 2024, 03:05:41 PM »
What's happened to him?  Injured?

Doug, he went of injured at half time at Boston on New Years Day and AL did talk about him still being injured in one of his post match interviews (Curzon/Chester?) but don't think there was any indication for how much longer he would be out

General Discussion / Re: Gloucester Away
« on: February 03, 2024, 11:58:18 AM »
So which KLTFC will we see today?  The positive side that went 2-0 up at Buxton, the clueless (polite version) side that faced Curzon or the anti-football team that turned out last week at home to Chester?  AL made the point that we were missing Ben Stephens' creativity last week but then didn't bring Hughes on until the dying minutes to weaken his argument.  Not sure the players will have taken many positives out of last weekend's result due to the one dimensional way they were asked to play, lets hope that was a specific tactic for an individual match and not the way AL sees our route to safety this season. 

No preview for today on the club website, nor any mention of a date for the Chorley game which you would have thought SC would have wanted to be before the 24th which is our next scheduled home fixture.  Also no highlights on the last two games at the Walks (make your own jokes here) so does this mean we have lost another media person or are they just away?

General Discussion / Re: AARON POWELL
« on: February 02, 2024, 02:21:28 PM »
A young Lad from Lynn,that was prepared to play for his home team for no wages for a month. Apparently, partly in order to get some game time but also because he was fully aware what the financial picture was at Lynn.

If he wasn't going to get game time they should never have agreed to take him. It has cost him his own personal money to be with Lynn for the  time he was here.

He must be feeling so disillusioned with the whole episode.

B&G, I had heard a similar rumour re Powell's wages which, if true, does make how he was treated seem even worse.

General Discussion / Re: More favours required on Saturday.
« on: February 02, 2024, 02:18:25 PM »
... The only way to better results is through better players playing better football.  It isnít possible to make ordinary players play better than they are...

Dilly, I know you are not a fan of football managers in general but this is utter nonsense imo.  Football is a team sport and it is perfectly possible for 'inferior' players to be a better team than one made up of slightly better individuals, likewise players will respond differently to different management styles and there is no 'one size fits all'. 

You also have to accept that the role of a manager at Lynn, where there is rarely the chance to buy to fill gaps, is much more about getting the most out of the squad you have available, many of whom may have compromised skill sets.  This was something TW was great at, for example Theo had zero pace over any distance but the role he had at the start of last season allowed him to use his head to do a vital role for the team without exposing his weakness too often.  Likewise the squad IC gained promotion to the NL with wasn't the strongest man-for-man in the league that year but IC combined their skills to produce a team far above the sum of it's parts.  After half a season I have my doubts whether AL possesses this vital attribute and it looks like his skills are more along the lines of attracting those players who fitted 'his style' from those available to him in the North West, an area where this is made easier due to the density of NLN standard players.

General Discussion / Re: AARON POWELL
« on: February 01, 2024, 10:29:13 PM »
Maybe itís a Peterborough thing.  Remember Barry Fryís boy coming on loan. Nepotism at its best.

It would seem with Powell that maybe AL wanted to go a different route.

What is no surprise is that the loan seems to have ended and the fans once again knew nothing about it.

Tony was the lad you were thinking of Kyle Barker ?

It was indeed Mall, thanks.  From memory he came when we had a pretty strong, experienced midfield so that combined with IC's reluctance to blood youngsters meant he didn't get much of a look in.

On a slight tangent, there was news on Twitter today about a school trip last week involving one of the bright lights of this season and another not so bright, both of whom have turned out at left back.  We know that Isaacson is out on loan but no idea what has happened to Clifford, is he out on loan, injured or just not in AL's plans (in which case you would hope for a similar outcome to JB)

"Last week, @LinnetsintheCom, Tom Clifford and Ben Isaacson visited Fairstead Primary School to participate in a Q&A, and allowed some young aspiring footballers to show off their skills"

General Discussion / Re: AARON POWELL
« on: February 01, 2024, 12:52:08 PM »
Played for Peterborough U21's against Bristol City last Saturday. Presumably loan period has finished, not given much game time at Lynn to impress.
We are certainly lacking in pace across back line and as the only fit left back he should have been given a chance but it seems AL would rather play a centre back in this position instead.

I feel sorry for him. What a complete waste of time that was and I'd be surprised if Peterborough are best pleased?

Rod, I couldn't agree more.  Unfortunately that is now the 2nd Peterborough loanee who has come to us and got next to no game time (can't remember the name of the young lad who came in IC's tenure) so it looks a bit like a 'club' thing rather than the manager, although in both cases you do wonder who arranged the loans?  Whilst Powell didn't get much time on the pitch, to me he did at least look like he had a bit of positional sense as a left back which is more than can be said for anyone else apart from Isaacson who has lined up there this season, although I am not sure I agree with Normski's thoughts that he added much pace.

General Discussion / Re: Grant Holt
« on: January 31, 2024, 01:19:58 PM »
Impressive interview with Grant Holt on Radio Norfolk this morning.  What a contrast to our club, talked about community, youth development, money not the key and whilst it would be good to see the 1st team progress there was an element of what will be, will be and no mention of football league in five years or masses of financial doping

General Discussion / Re: Home draw for the Linnets
« on: January 28, 2024, 02:39:27 PM »
Matters not if we finish Ďlast or 4th bottom Dilly.  End result is the same.  Object is 5th which is as good as 7th top.  Same end result.

The only straw to clutch at for finishing 4th bottom would be if one of the promoted sides didn't fulfill their ground improvements, that said however poor Darlington were when they came to the Walks, you have to think that Watson will find a way to get more out of the squad he has inherited.  Still a few more twist and turns to come and next week will probably give a better indication of our chances than yesterday's 'performance'

General Discussion / Re: Home draw for the Linnets
« on: January 27, 2024, 10:54:34 PM »
Mixed emotions on leaving the Walks today.  On one hand there was at last some clear shape to the team and a clear game plan which the players managed to execute and got a well deserved point.  On the other, we are full-time team with a much lauded manager who set a team up with 8 men to defend our box and two lads up front whose main role seemed to be to hold it up and draw fouls to allow us to try and create a chance from a set piece. 

Difficult to criticise too much given how poor we were on Tuesday evening and we were never likely to come out and go toe to toe in a passing game with Chester so we effectively became the away team, made the game as scrappy as possible and you know something strange is going on when the home keeper is warned for timewasting in the first half.  Given relative form and confidence it has to be seen as a point gained but results elsewhere and with games running out AL has to come up with something more positive for next weekend.

General Discussion / Chester
« on: January 27, 2024, 12:37:41 PM »
Expect a tough test today, particularly after Tuesday evenings performance.  Hopefully AL has made the most of the past few days in Ely to find a shape that makes more of the players we now have whilst also making us harder to play against, especially our midfield which has seen teams walk though it almost at will will for most of the season.  Also looking for us to be on the front foot early as, whilst I appreciate AL's comments about players feeling the pressure of playing at the Walks, the crowd has still tried to get behind a team that has given them all too little to shout about this season.

I know others have commented on the lack of communication from the club but there doesn't appear to be any sort of preview of todays game on the club site, nor were there highlights (joking aside) of Tuesday evening which isn't great.  It might be helpful that if the club is unable to sort this out for themselves, then maybe one of the local journalists could at least ask for an update on the squad - we know Ponticelli went off injured at Boston but that was nearly a month ago, is Cybulski injured or just not selected, has Powell gone back to Peterborough and why has Walker only played one cameo appearance as a sub when we are supposedly short of leaders on the pitch?

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