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General Discussion / Re: Fotlsc
« on: September 09, 2021, 08:01:26 PM »
Tony,

Are you the new FOTL committee member?

In a word, no, but as a member of both the FotL and the B&G Trust I try to support events / fundraising activities as and when I can.  Would love to see more fans engaged with one or both organisations.

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General Discussion / Re: Fotlsc
« on: September 09, 2021, 01:59:32 PM »
Some in attendance were disappointed with the turnout but I think it probably reflected where the FotL finds itself, after a season mostly without fans and attached to a club that hasn't put fan engagement at the forefront of its operations, everyone needs to accept it will take time to build up to where it was, let alone where some would like it to be.  The two hours weren't all spent discussing things the FotL can affect, although in the absence of a genuine fans forum with SC there are very few alternatives for fans vent their frustrations, even if it did mean the meeting got a bit 'off topic' at times.

In terms of moving the FotL forward, they gained a new committee member who comes on as secretary and there were constructive comments about how the profile of existing fundraising, particularly the 100 Club could be raised and a number of possible fundraising activities were suggested for the committee to consider.  Mallard, to answer you question directly, the meeting wasn't there for 'plans (to be) formulated' but a chance for the committee to engage with members and non-members alike as to how they can move forward which I think it probably achieved.  On a personal note I would hope this is the start not the end of such meetings as it is probably worth doing a couple a season - there were some good ideas from the floor and it's now down to the committee to go away and think about what they can progress and hopefully by the next open meeting they will be able to be judged on their actions as well as words. 

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General Discussion / Re: Eastleigh away
« on: September 03, 2021, 05:17:15 PM »
So, three games in and we have played one playoff certainty, one likely mid-table side and one who are probably going to be well into the bottom half so three points is probably what we have hoped to return.  Eastleigh haven't started well so a good time to go there and if we can play with the same confidence as Monday and with Rowley & Linton likely to give us a bit more going forward we should be looking to pick up at least a point.  I thought Bowry played well on Monday so probably keeps his spot in the starting lineup so only real decision will be whether McGavin replaces Clunan, personally I would stick with Clunan as he will have better options available in front of him than Monday.
                  Jones
      McFadden, Bowry, Bird
Barrows, Coleman, Clunan, Denton
                Rowley
          Linton, Gold

subs - Fernadez, McGavin, Jones, Sundire, Gyasi

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General Discussion / Season so far / squad
« on: August 31, 2021, 02:00:25 PM »
So, three games in and two home defeats without a goal for the Walks faithful (those that are left) to cheer what are people's early season thoughts?  Personally I am reasonably happy, (bear with me) particularly as some of the big problems of last season seemed to have been addressed -
  *  we now look like all (most) of the squad are on the same page
  *  we have a more commanding keeper, although I would still like him to come and collect crosses a bit more
  *  the centre of the defence looks pretty solid, given Bowry's contribution yesterday we now look like we have four genuine NL standard players to select 3 from
  *  Denton and Barrows have done OK and the swap in formation seems to play on their strengths rather than times last season where they were asked to do too much, both attacking and defensively, and came up sort plus Jones must be close to full fitness to add to the competition
  *  in midfield, I thought Coleman was excellent yesterday and Rowley had a good game vs Southend and also took plaudits from Yeovil and was sorely missed yesterday.  I thought Clunan did OK yesterday but he isn't a driving/attacking midfielder that we are crying out.  Sundire and Gyasi were both well off where we needed them to be yesterday and when they came on vs Southend, lets hope it is just a case of adjusting to the step up for Sundire.  Gyasi is a different case - he played almost half a season last year but doesn't appear to have much idea about how to beat NL standard defenders or much else - Culverhouse has always looked for players with 'football intelligence' and unfortunately I don't think Gyasi is learning quickly enough.  The new lad from Ipswich struggled to get into the pace of the game yesterday but hopefully with more time with the squad and game minutes he can stake a claim for a starting spot.
  *  up front is difficult to assess as yet with Morias' sending off limiting IC's options and Linton missing yesterday didn't help, we still look light here but just hope that at some point Omotayo has someone to play alongside him otherwise it is going to be a long season for the lad, I don't think you can doubt his effort but its been a pretty thankless task so far at home.  As others have said elsewhere, getting NL standard forwards isn't easy or cheap so if the current crop don't work out it may be we have to look to get another loanee
  *  off field still looks step 3 at best with so much seemingly reactive rather than having the right people in the right positions to make the right decisions at the right time.  Running a club at step 1 with a predominately volunteer workforce is almost impossible but Lynn seem intent to continue with this model.  I appreciate this probably means more money, than would otherwise be the case, for the playing budget but it just isn't sustainable and could easily be argued that it is already having a negative financial impact.

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General Discussion / Re: The game today v Chesterfield
« on: August 31, 2021, 01:24:09 PM »
...The team played dreadful, all that passing around at the back leads to lost procession.  The two new "strikers" where hopeless, they just didn't seem to try or care like Marriott and Gash did, no wonder we all sang in unision " we want Gash back" at least we got a reaction from Burrows from that, so he at least cares. If I was the manager I would be ringing up Gash and Marriot and pleading with them to play part time again.

N&L, can I just ask where you think Lynn are in 'the pecking order' at NL?  This seasons squad does at least look it has been assembled with a plan to compete and, hopefully, stay in the NL unlike last seasons which was well on course for relegation even before furloughing players. 

Not sure who you were referring to but we only had one 'striker' on the pitch and none on the bench - we only have three in the squad and one was suspended and another presumably picked up a knock at Yeovil so it's hardly surprising that Omotayo often looked isolated and fighting a losing battle - even when he won the ball or held it up there was little to no support and this is perhaps where I would agree with Gyasi and Sundire looking well off the standard needed at this level.  This then had the knock on effect that the back three and Coleman and Clunan had (very) limited options when they looked to move the ball forward, particularly with how well Chesterfield's full backs played against Barrows and Denton.

All of that said, much like Norwich playing Leicester, Chesterfield will not define our season, they are one of the pre-season favorites and will be in and around the playoffs whereas we have to try and avoid being dragged into a relegation battle which means picking up points against sides that are likely to be down there ie Yeovil.  So looking forward we can welcome Rowley back into the side next weekend to provide a bit more invention and hopefully Linton will be fit which should give us a bit more balance going forward, the bench still looks very, very thin but IC has spent his budget and as I said earlier we do look a lot more competitive than last year.


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General Discussion / Re: Incoming . . .
« on: August 27, 2021, 11:56:21 AM »
Hopefully Rowley can make that midfield spot just behind the front two his own, certainly showed enough on Saturday given he only joined in the week so hadn't played much with those around him.

KES, I wouldn't necessarily group the midfield like that, I think we probably have three 'sitting' midfielders who are unlikely to go beyond the forwards but all of whom can pass and move the ball reasonably well in much the same way England set up with Rice & the lad from Leeds / Henderson.  Playing three centre halves gives the wing backs much more licence to get forward and, as has often been the case under IC, are where a lot of our attacking threat comes from.  Sundire looked a bit more of an 'up and down' midfielder when he came on but one of the key things I heard from IC's post match comments on the radio was that we have to move the ball quicker, I thought we looked better at that than most games last season but still room for improvement and again something that has been a mark of IC sides but was sadly lacking last season.

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General Discussion / Re: Clunan
« on: August 26, 2021, 10:46:25 PM »
I’ve heard very positive things about Joe Gascoinge who has come through the youth set-up. Would it not be worth giving him a run in the first team? Or even get him out to a local club for some match time, maybe Heacham? If he does well then you could swap them over and Clunan could go on loan to develop other local sides?

I think Gascoigne is a good way off NL level at present but if a loan to a step 3/4 side (not Heacham's level) can be found to get him some exposure to adult football he is still young enough to come back a better player and stake a claim next season. 

As for Clunan, I think he can still have a role within the first team squad this season but I don't think him and Coleman are strong enough as a pair to play in the system we used Saturday (3 central defenders, 2 wing backs, 2 holding midfielders, a no10 and 2 up front), maybe the lad from Ipswich will help and then it might be a choice as to Clunan or Coleman alongside or maybe we lose a centre half and go with three in the middle of the park.

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General Discussion / Re: Is this the end of the King.
« on: August 26, 2021, 10:31:12 PM »
Don't write him out of next season just yet guys.... let's see how things unfold......I know Tony didn't agree, but I personally felt,Richards, King, Carey and a Dilly nipster, when all on song, was a pretty strong NL midfield.

I would still have Richards in the squad but he has gone to Brackley (NLN) having reportedly had a trial at Dagenham, Carey obviously has (rightly) got a chance in the EFL but I don't think any of our other midfielders from last year are now at NL clubs and I don't think we had any rivals when we signed King from Halifax all of which probably tells its own story.

It would be a real shame if this is the end of King at the club, my problem has never been with his ability but as Daz has said, we have a finite (and limited) budget so have to get every last bit of value out of it and we just can't afford to have a player regularly unavailable.  As for coaching, we have to be careful of just saying "find an ex-player a role", wouldn't it be better to have a Jarvis type player/coach who has (or is working towards) the relevant badges and more coaching skills and experience?

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General Discussion / Re: Tai Fleming
« on: August 26, 2021, 05:24:02 PM »
Makes an awful lot of sense for all parties.  Opportunities at the Walks will be limited behind the three centre halves who started on Saturday plus Bowry is ahead of him for the spot on the bench.  Lowestoft being step 3 means he should be competing for a starting place and should get plenty of minutes there so we can see how much he improves over the course of the season, hopefully Jarv can be our 'eyes and ears' about who at that level might be worth a look.

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General Discussion / Re: Incoming . . .
« on: August 26, 2021, 01:44:49 PM »
The article referred to above is here https://www.suffolknews.co.uk/bury-st-edmunds/sport/transfer-talk-ipswich-midfielder-set-for-loan-spell-9213450/ and describes Brett as a defensive midfielder "who has been praised by pundits for his range of passing and ability to dictate play" which certainly looked like the area we needed to strengthen after the weekend if the budget allowed.

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General Discussion / Re: Sonny Carey
« on: August 25, 2021, 02:01:34 PM »
...Point is, I think the club failed to capitalise on Kelly’s obvious skill level, and this is a Dilly call to get him back, as we are now building a nippier passing team that he would thrive in….

Couple of problems with that Dilly.  Firstly Kelly didn't have 'obvious skill level' when he did play in NL games last season, I liked him and thought he showed potential but he never pushed on and games often seemed to pass him by.  Secondly IC has already said that is it for squad building this season, the budget has been used up, so we have to make the best of what we have

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General Discussion / Re: Yeovil away
« on: August 25, 2021, 01:56:36 PM »
Not sure we missed King ?  King and Rowley together would lift our level, imho.  Rowley did look decent vs Southend, and I can see him thriving if supplied with King’s vision and ability.  We are on the verge of having a team that will trouble good sides in this league.

Rowley looked good in the first half because he could play in the gaps between the midfield and behind the front two, so where would you play King and who would you replace from Saturdays lineup?  I guess you could play both off Omotayo with Morias being out but that looks a lot of 'providers' and not many 'finishers'.  King and his injury record still looks a luxury to me that a small budget and resulting small squad is difficult to justify.

Also I am not sure we will 'trouble good sides' as I don't think Southend will be anything more than mid-table this season but if we can be competitive and consistently take points from those in the bottom half might be OK.

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General Discussion / Media
« on: August 25, 2021, 01:11:18 PM »
Good news on the media front, the main page on the club's website now has a current squad photo replacing the picture of the squad from two years ago receiving the NLN trophy.

The club are also looking for various volunteers to help out on the media side https://www.kltown.co.uk/2021/08/25/media-communications-volunteers-required/ which might be useful experience as the article suggest but I do worry that there isn't a 'guiding hand' there to oversee, advise and generally give some direction to the media output and the individuals producing it.

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General Discussion / Re: Yeovil away
« on: August 25, 2021, 08:44:36 AM »
Not sure we missed King that much, Rowley looked good in the first half and he will only get better with more minutes, seemed a more rounded player than King ie actually looked to get involved when we didn't have the ball.  I think the bigger issue last Saturday was the front two which will have to change this week anyway, presumably with Linton getting his chance to stake a claim or, as we are away, will IC mix it up and just go with Gold up top and Gyasi and Rowley a bit deeper?  Either way the back three and both full backs did enough for me to keep their places and there doesn't seem much option in the middle of the park unless we bring Sundire in for a bit more 'legs'.

As for Yeovil, as you say it might be a good time to visit and would be happy to come away with a point

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General Discussion / Re: Stadium Manager
« on: August 24, 2021, 11:19:57 AM »
MAH, Griss, thanks for clearing that up, I guess you won't be surprised that I won't now be wasting the fuel in travelling to Lynn for a 'social drink' on the 7th.

Isn't that where the best business gets done Tony?

Informally, over a few beers, where everyone gets a fair say rather than a formatted meeting controlled by someone who loves the sound of their own voice?

If you have 30 people in a bar, who all share a common goal,  add a few smiles and a little alcohol and watch what happens.

And remember, it's what happens between meetings that's important.

Meetings about meetings get sod all done other than ticking boxes and wasting everyone's time.

Guess we are going to agree to disagree and I have been involved in enough organisations and on committees to have a fair idea of what good and bad looks like.  A get together 'informally over a few beers' will, at best, give you a few anecdotal examples of things that 'could' be done which I suppose may be preferential to a badly run formal meeting (the type you describe). 

Whilst I appreciate what happens 'between meetings' is important, this isn't a committee meeting.  When the fans evening was originally proposed it was sold as a chance for current and potential members to come along and be part of setting the direction and agenda for the FOTL going forward and imo this would be best done with a proper 'open meeting' with a good chair, who says little, but controls the meeting to enable all voices to be heard and proper discussion of the issues raised

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