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General Discussion / Re: Redditch away
« on: December 01, 2018, 11:06:45 AM »
Perhaps not the best time to go there, but equally Culverhouse never let a poor result turn into a poor run last season so fully expect us to be better than last week.  Squad still stretched but next Tuesdays postponed game does give some respite, I think Gash missed the following game last season after playing on an artificial (at Redditch?) so might IC go with a different set up?  Would love to see us try a back three of Fryatt, McAuley and Castellan pushing Richards and FBT further forward and have Jarvis and Clunan (or maybe Parker if Clunan still isn't 100% fit) sitting with a front three of Henderson, Hawkins and Marriott

General Discussion / Re: Bedworth at home
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:50:47 PM »
I have always thought Gash does his best work in line with the central third but as soon as he comes out wide or drops deep he is a lot less effective.  Somehow IC has to set the team up to build on his strengths which probably means finding other people in those spaces - Henderson got MotM Saturday but goes missing too much for my liking and I still remain to be convinced that we can afford both him and Hawkins in the same 11.  Both seem like luxuries when we don't have the ball or it isn't coming off for them, accept that both can turn a game on their day but is that putting too much pressure on those around them when it isn't their day? 

Still think we have the bones of a really good side at this level but we have to show a bit (lot) more than we did on Saturday when the passing game went out of the window after 20 minutes and we looked all the poorer for it, then as the crowd got anxious players stop looking to play the easy ball and panic.

General Discussion / Programme notes
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:31:55 PM »
I refrained from the debate over SC's programme notes re the Trust a couple of games back but saddened to see he went back there this weekend with more of the same nonsense.  Is there not anyone who has his ear who can let him know how damaging these attacks are for many Trust members who he does at least now acknowledge are fans of the club (as if this was some sort of surprise to him).  Now I am not saying I fully support everything the Trust board do but one thing is for sure, SC's programme notes must be one of their biggest recruiting sergeants. 

The irony is that the the final section of SC's notes go on to highlight the unfairness of the benefactor owner model and talks about clubs having to be sustainable!

General Discussion / Re: Incoming?
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:19:49 PM »
Personally would still like that combative / defensive midfielder (left hand side if I was being really picky).  If we then go 3-4-3 the squad looks reasonably balanced with options on the bench although still have concerns that we are over reliant on FBT (standing out more for me this year than Norman did last year but that may also be down to the squad not reaching the same levels this season)

L93, thats the eleven 1st team squad members available so the question is does moving everyone around to get those 11 on the pitch compromise the shape of the team so much that you would be better going with Gilbert at centre half from the off and accepting one of Hawkins, Parker or Henderson does have to start on the bench?  Maybe its a 'horses for courses' type situation where the expectation is St Ives might be expected to come to park the bus so you might be able to get away with a midfield of Hawkins, Parker, Clunan and Henderson but there isn't much protection there for a cobbled together back four.

Up until 2.59 tomorrow it is all about IC's return (and believe me I am as excited as anyone that he is back) but once the clock ticks over will a depleted squad be able to come out and get on that front foot in the way I am sure IC and the crowd would like them to?

Given the suspension to McAuley and the doubt over Fryatt, what are IC's options?  Can Henderson fill in as a temporary left-back/wing back allowing FBT to shoulder more defensive responsibilities and accepting, for tomorrow at least, he won't be tearing it up going forward?  Did IC see enough on Tuesday to trust one (or more) of the reserves or might he opt for dropping Jarvis back in there for one game?  For me it looks like we only have eleven 1st team squad players available but personally I hope he shows faith in the reserves for one game but it does highlight the unbalanced nature of the squad and something I am sure IC is working to sort sooner rather than later.

General Discussion / Re: Fans have part to play (from the horses mouth)
« on: November 06, 2018, 01:17:56 PM »
Birch, tend to agree with you although I fully expect an extra 100 on the gate for the 'Culverhouse' effect.  Whilst it makes sense to get a Saturday game in when you can in preference to a midweek fixture, it might have been better to give IC a little longer in trying to fill some of the holes in the squad.  As for us coming out of the blocks, there were plenty of games last season where we had to bide our time and trust that patience would win the day - there were very few teams who could live with us for a full game - chasing the ball for the first hour meant gaps appeared in the final third but it needs the crowd to back the players playing that passing game, the pitch is now there to do it although not all the summer acquisitions (McAuley in particular) look well suited to that style of play

General Discussion / Re: IAN CULVERHOUSE
« on: November 02, 2018, 01:38:24 PM »
Fantastic news, I haven't been able to get along to the Walks as much his season but in the games I have seen (all under B&F) we have looked short of organisation and direction, something that couldn't have been said often of last years side. 

Probably the only concern is the depth of squad, we only had one player on the bench (Richards) Wednesday evening who is close to being step 3 standard and only Henderson unavailable.  Hopefully we can get Tom Ward back in the fold as we have looked vulnerable at the back in all the games I have seen with big gaps between Fryatt and McAuley.  Whether Lappin is still capable of playing at step 3 is perhaps the reason he hasn't come back as Ian's no 2 but still think that is the area (defensive midfield / left hand side) that needs addressing sooner rather than later.

3/4 of the season remains and there are enough familiar faces that IC should be able to hit the ground running and start closing the gap to the playoff places

General Discussion / Re: Back and Fryatt appointed.
« on: September 27, 2018, 07:17:37 PM »
I can see why the appointments have been made and nothing against either of the lads involved but personally not a fan of what we now have - permanent temporary managers.  If SC decided they were the right people then appoint them and make it through to the end of the season, given the reaction of the squad it looks unlikely we will still be in 19th come the end of the season and B&F look as likely as anyone to get us into a playoff position. 

Whilst I accept I have only seen one game this season (last Saturday) I don't agree with the view that the squad is strong enough and signs are that B&F agree with the only Clark signings being 'enforced' changes from last year (Jones, McAuley and Limb).  No replacement for Lappin leaves us exposed on the left, Limb may come good but we still look very short up front and having lost Ward and Frary at the back I remain to be convinced that we can be solid enough with a back four whilst still relying on both full backs to provide any width.

So, the real question and one that only time will answer is how much B&F will be allowed to develop the squad (both ins and outs) and only then can we really judge what sort of job they can do longer term.

General Discussion / Re: 12 days .....
« on: September 17, 2018, 07:50:34 PM »
Not happening before Saturday as per the last line of the Lynn News report here

Article doesn't address the issue of whether they want the role longer term but looks like SC is taking his time which isn't a bad thing imo, the whole 12 days thing (and anything else that he says) has to be taken with a large pinch of salt.

General Discussion / Re: More Questions than Answers
« on: September 13, 2018, 02:17:47 PM »
Too many people in too much hurry for success?

Give the two locals the rest of the season to see how it goes. If we can see the entire club progressing after that, and not just the first team , then maybe we have a winning formula.

Whatís more important? Instant success being defined by a play off place, or long term success by having the correct infrastructure in place.

In Backie and Fryatt we maybe have a chance of both. Otherwise we could just see the sole objective being chasing glory this season, with all the problems that can bring if we fail.

Marathon not a sprint!

If they want it, give them the chance.

Can understand the 'marathon not a sprint' idea and I think if the Trust was running the club that may well be the preferred (only) option but I really don't think the current owner wants to go down that path, likewise many fans have had their expectations raised both by last season and frankly stupid comments from SC so there will be a proportion that may be unwilling to support what they may see as a backward step.  Ultimately it depends on whether B&F would want the role on a permanent basis (both have taken breaks from less demanding roles in the past) and if SC is prepared to continue to subsidise a step 3 club, neither seems that likely.  Also the point made by admin about potentially losing these two if things do turn sour down the line can't be understated.

General Discussion / Re: More Questions than Answers
« on: September 12, 2018, 06:06:15 PM »
As good as last nights result (and performance by all accounts) was it has to be viewed in context - it was against a team two steps below us and whatever the respective league placing and form this season we ought to progressing to the next round.  That takes nothing away from Back & Fryatt who must have done something that Clark & co had failed to do so far this season.

However, moving forward I would question whether they are really the best option for taking the first team forward and would hope we could attract someone with either a more proven track record in management or with more contacts higher up the non-league ladder, preferably both.  I would also like to see someone with Norwich connections as that should be a route we are fostering going forward whoever takes the reigns, it doesn't have to be a 'name' ie NOT Grant Holt please, but equally I would imagine that the 'Culverhouse' name helped with recruitment last summer so it has to be a factor.  Also whoever comes in I would assume that neither Back or Fryatt look like leaving any time soon so that wealth of local knowledge isn't going to be lost to whoever comes in.

General Discussion / Re: FA cup.
« on: September 10, 2018, 02:02:21 PM »
I hope the attendance is respectable. Poor perfomances =disgruntled supporters = low attendances = less revenue for club = less money for decent players  = even worse performances etc., etc. A spiral of negativity ensues. Supporters have the power to make or break the club; let's  hope it's the former and the situation is not made worse with supporters cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

Appreciate the sentiment Stan but for a club that has a history of just eight years (ignoring what the current badge says) we have always had crowds well above the standard the club has played at so everything has to be taken in context, personally 491 against a step 5 team in the first round of the cup might be seen by most outsiders as 'respectable'.  The biggest problem seems to be that SC is believing his own publicity and thinks Lynn are a bigger club than they are (at present) and has 'invested' accordingly and I think we are starting to see what happens when the 'speculate to accumulate' model doesn't pay off - lots of short term decisions and acrimony.  I don't think its a case of cutting off noses as much as people being feeling disconnected to the club and finding other things to do on a Saturday afternoon - IC and his brand of football brought many people back to the Walks but without that being maintained this year crowds have predictably dropped.  I think the only real surprise is how far both performances (and crowds) have fallen in such a short space of time and that is with the bulk of last years squad, I guess time will tell how much of that was IC and how much was Clark's doing.

General Discussion / Re: FA cup.
« on: September 04, 2018, 01:51:57 PM »
Assume this has been agreed with Histon?  No matter the price I can't see there being much of a crowd on Saturday but the club could do with a win for lots of reasons, unfortunately(?) I haven't been able to get to a home game yet this season but all the reports I have heard have been pretty negative so hoping that things can start to turn at the weekend.  Classic case of the result being more important than the performance.

General Discussion / Re: Tamworth.
« on: August 15, 2018, 01:04:28 PM »
Basically we were spoilt last season so this year always had the potential of being a bit of a let down, although I don't think anyone had us down as not registering a point from our first two games.  Totally agree that another loss this weekend could cost us financially in a reduced gate the following Saturday although I wouldn't agree that vast amounts of money hasn't been thrown in, just think those who advocate the 'speculate to accumulate' policy may get to see what happens when that doesn't pay off.  As it said in the recent EDP article on the George Hotel - "The risk for me (SC) is if I sell the George and we donít get promoted, and then of course itís a case of what do I do then?", much as I don't wish to sound callous, I really don't care that much about what happens to SC but I do care about what happens to the football club.

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