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General Discussion / Re: If the season finishes early.......
« on: March 16, 2020, 05:19:20 PM »
I say play on,you make up your own mind whether you go to watch or not,we are all adults and can make up our own minds,you could catch this **** standing next to someone in the chip shop?  I myself being put in the class as the most vulnerable to catch the disease am doing all I can to live life.At a game you are out in the open air,not enclosed,so long as people don't cough and spit all over you it will be okay,didn't see too many jousts being called off during the Black death? :dontknow:

The football can't carry on for two reasons.  Firstly individual teams will continue to be affected ie Gloucester hence tonight's postponement, obviously if you know when these random ongoing self-isolations will cease please can you let the FA know as I am sure it will help with their planning.  Secondly, as you have demonstrated, some members of the public will not be able to follow advice given to vulnerable groups of not putting themselves at risk and as the health services (in the widest sense) need this to be a longer, but relatively less intense outbreak it can't be left to an 'individual's choice', it's about what impact that individual's decisions have for the wider population.

General Discussion / Re: If the season finishes early.......
« on: March 16, 2020, 02:10:08 PM »
I can't see any fairer option than to declare the 2019-20 season void, particularly at non-league level.  Just won't be practical to ask non-league to play on into June or even July and given that currently no-one has 'clinched' a promotion can't claim to have lost what hasn't yet earned. 

Also can't see the promotion but no relegation being a practical solution, all it does is increase the Premier League (and reduces the teams in the lowest league it would apply to) when they already complain about the number of games they play.

Bury situation is a difficult one and think fairest would be to carry on with the status quo for another year, although given the rumoured state of finances at a number other league clubs the impact of this virus may create further gaps in the pyramid.

General Discussion / Re: Guiseley
« on: March 14, 2020, 06:10:09 PM »
Much, much better from Lynn and on any normal day would have got a point or probably all three had a) Marriott had his shooting boots on or b) we had had a ref who was not determined from the first minute to be 100% one sided.  We can all huff and puff about referees giving decisions against our team and their general incompetence but today smacked of something far more premeditated, not sure if we have had him before so he was 'getting his retaliation in first' but very, very biased.  SC said in post match interview on Radio Norfolk there was an assessor there today so hopefully they will feed back to HQ although that won't repair the damage he did today.

On the pitch, I thought we played as well as we have for a while, Marriott could have had a hat-trick but another game where Southwell didn't provide any real threat, the more I see the more he looks like a panic acquisition and the fact he is on a multi year contract doesn't bode well.  Good games for Henderson, Payne and the back three, thought Street was to blame for their goal but very good save in the second half to keep us in it.

General Discussion / Re: Will the FA end the season ?
« on: March 14, 2020, 11:36:00 AM »
Totally agree with LL's point above re today's game.

If the impact of COVID-19 does end up turning into the 'long game' as the experts seem to be suggesting I think the FA will have a difficult decision but personally think the best option would be to call the 2019-20 season void and start again on time next year.  Tough on a number of clubs, including KL, but so are all the alternatives, I see SC is on Twitter talking nonsense about points per game (we have the best points per game irrespective of the outcome of today) but I don't see how that is any more 'fair' when teams have played different combinations of opposition / number of games.  I think you either have to play the whole season or not.

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 / Re: Bradford PA at home
« on: March 11, 2020, 08:29:52 AM »
Fair result, I don't think BPA were 'overly physical', we have certainly played against worse but we never moved the ball with any real intent and the change in formation / tactics to accommodate Power at home was there for all to see again - two defeats in two at the Walks with some common themes.  First 10 mins of both games we went long then struggled like hell when that didn't work to get any sort of foothold in midfield, effectively playing with a man short in there and the tight, passing game that has served us so well this season abandoned in favour of knocking it to channels / focus on Power.  Last night was made worse by playing Power on the right which restricted Jones and that, compounded with Burrows having a very poor game at left back it made us very, very one dimensional.  We have three naturally left footed players - Kelly & Payne on the bench and Fox not even in the squad again, somehow we need to find a balance.

As IC said in the interview we can carry one or two but not five or six having poor nights, lets hope he too learns and changes things up for Saturday, we haven't become a bad team overnight but keep playing that way and we will become one.

Also think the melee at the end will cost us too and obviously Birch doesn't stand anywhere near me as no way were BPA 100% to blame

General Discussion / Re: Bradford PA at home
« on: March 10, 2020, 05:11:39 PM »
DD, I think its fair to say Fox has come in and done a decent job although I think he is a good way off FBT (as are most left backs in this league).  Think him and Burrows offer different things - Burrows has the pace but Fox gives the team a better shape going forward, that said tonight I would play Kelly on the left hand side of a 3-4-1-2.  Agree with others to start with Southwell but would like to see him justify his place with a performance rather than being an option to give Gash / Marriott a breather.

My team (and I am sure IC will have different ideas)
Ward, Smith, McAuley
Jones, Richards, Payne, Kelly
Southwell, Marriott

General Discussion / Re: Leamington away
« on: March 04, 2020, 01:46:14 PM »
Good point last night after the enforced lay off and with other results going our way it is looking more and more like the league is 'ours to lose', think another point on Saturday against an inform Gateshead would set us up nicely for the two home games.

I like the three centre halves as it allows the two wide lads to support the midfield more and imo just gives us a better shape. 

With news that Fryatt played a full 90 minutes for the reserves, Sonny's illness unlikely to keep him out for very long and Power still to come back, IC will have his hands full selecting his 16 let alone his starting 11.  That said, with games coming thick and fast still plenty of opportunity to rotate lads in and out to keep everyone fresh.

General Discussion / Re: Leamington away
« on: March 03, 2020, 06:15:14 PM »
...Can’t understand TonyM’s idea of not playing Powerat home - he’s been a revelation so far, except Kidderminster who played my favoured “22 legs” defensive system very well, and stopped not only Power running into spaces, but our team in general.  He’s too good for that to happen very often, IMO...

DD, we can agree to disagree, personally think playing him at home where most sides will be happy to be conservative and put bodies behind the ball takes away Power's biggest threat.  The obvious exception was York who played for the win and got exposed by his pace.  I also think that playing him at home weakens our shape - hence we had zero control of the midfield vs Kidderminster

General Discussion / Re: Leamington away
« on: March 03, 2020, 02:08:08 PM »
I suppose Power's injury might dictate things but given that we need to get the best out of the squad, I wouldn't be too upset if he didn't start at the Walks again this season and was given his opportunities away from home.  I'm with LL's assessment on a different thread, probably one of our best 11 players but not convinced he is in our best 11. 

Like Mallard I would take 3 points from the next two games, long lay off isn't going to help us so I think the aim should be to get back up to where we were before Christmas sooner rather than later.  Thankfully no-one, other than maybe Gateshead, has put together a real good run whilst we have been off so still very much in our hands

General Discussion / Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
« on: March 01, 2020, 11:56:13 AM »
Why don't the trust lend the club some money to overcome their cash flow difficulties?

The short and simple answer is that it would be against their constitution.  I suppose they could have an EGM to vote on it but given they have only just had their AGM, I can't see that being particularly likely. 

General Discussion / Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
« on: February 29, 2020, 07:32:12 PM »
Depends when the club's VAT quarter is I guess, are the lads weekly or monthly paid?  Obviously not a lot of 'win bonuses' to be paid out for Feb and dry month for the FotL 12th man scheme too. 

Personally hope we don't offer a discount along the lines suggested by Mallard - fans need to help the club not look for more discounts imo, that said I would have agreed with his previous post that higher than expected revenue from the Boston and York games should have partially helped carry us over this shortfall. 

General Discussion / Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
« on: February 29, 2020, 10:37:58 AM »

THe main website says the game is on .

I find that with this club, you are better off following Twitter than the website.  :dontknow:

True, and often better to just follow the Chairman, this from his Twitter feed earlier:

"Despite the best efforts of the groundsman who has been at the ground since 7am today’s match is OFF.  There are one or two patches in the usual spots - it’s very close but in everyone’s interests we need to make a quick decision"

Fixtures really starting to be an issue now and with Leamington's home match off today lets hope that things improve for Tuesday evening.

General Discussion / Re: Re: Southport Saturday POSTPONED
« on: February 27, 2020, 05:33:02 PM »
WLM, I think Alfie is more than capable (if not better) than MC in that role but IC has generally played him further up the pitch.  When he got his chance in the York game after Jordon came off he looked far more 'natural' in that slightly deeper role.  As for moving Aaron, I think you end up creating two 'compromises' both in the midfield and also at right back where he has proved a better option than Ross imo.

As for teams marking Gash & Marriott, we have to have a plan B, earlier in the season Adam was still finding opportunities (and I think will continue to do so) but we also played through the midfield more with goals coming from a range of players.  Still not convinced that isn't the way to carry on but with the arrival of Power we seemed committed to having a winger which has generally been at the expense of one of the other midfielders so maybe that is now the new plan B, so long as we don't adopt the panic measure plan X of Power and Hawkins both on the field at the same time as seen in the second half vs Kidderminster we should be OK.

General Discussion / Re: End of Season Black tie dinner.
« on: February 25, 2020, 05:51:50 PM »
A Black tie evening is not aimed at the average fan but business people and to put the club in the window and to attract investors

Whilst I agree with the first part, really not sure that it is an event to 'attract investors', unless you count £130 / ticket as an investment.  Might be an opportunity to bring in potential sponsors but again the club seem to want to squeeze the maximum amount of money out of every source before they have really established themselves, similar to the situation with the business club when Mark first came on board full time.  To me, it looked pretty pricey for an 'unknown quantity', given where the club is in respect of the business community as a whole in West Norfolk, far better imo to offer something at a 'competitive' rate to get some volume which in turn will create further opportunities rather than trying to bleed people dry on the first hit.

Perhaps this is just the 'growing pains' of a club moving quickly upwards, unfortunately I think the view seems to be that Mark needs to bring in his wage plus a bit when in truth he has to be seen as part admin to free up SC for 'other things' and part longer term investment in establishing alternative income streams.

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