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General Discussion / Re: Kettering at home
« on: April 09, 2018, 01:41:49 PM »
So, does IC need wholesale changes after Saturday's lackluster performance or do we stick with the eleven in the expectation that they will go out and put things right on the pitch?  Personally I would be tempted to swap things round a little and go with Street, Norman, Fryatt, Ward, Frary, Blake-Tracey, Clunan, Jarvis, King, Hawkins, Gash - mainly because I think a back 3 gets the best out of our two full backs and I would also like to see King & Hawkins playing off Gash. 

Don't think we can worry at all about Slough on Saturday and just need to concentrate 100% on Thursday evening.

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General Discussion / Re: Merthyr on Saturday
« on: April 08, 2018, 11:19:47 AM »
Not sure it was the formation or personnel but rather the players not being on it, IC said pretty much the same on Radio Norfolk - we just looked leggy and didn't have any pace about us.  Thought Merthyr were one of the dirtiest sides we have seen at the Walks this year and we weren't helped by a ref who seemed far more concerned about stamping down on any dissent rather than any of the challenges which lead to the dissent!

Anyway on to Kettering, just hope the crowd can get behind the lads a bit more as it was very quiet yesterday

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General Discussion / Re: Car Park Charges
« on: April 06, 2018, 11:30:32 PM »
Opportunity for the Trust to 'remind' the council of some of the other clauses supposedly to be in the lease that Buster seemed to completely ignore as soon as he had control of the Walks?

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General Discussion / Re: and so to the next round of games.
« on: March 29, 2018, 01:22:08 PM »
The Linnets are back on Road again this Saturday at Stratford..... Think we need to keep the run going to be there in case Hereford make any slips ups.

The Bulls are at Home to Royston, have to fancy a home win, but wouldn't it be great if the away side could nick a draw.

The big game  of the day is of course Kettering's home game with Weymouth, Both in good nick.  So could go either way, but have to fancy home advantage.

Slough Play tonight, but  they have a mountain to Climb to get near us.

Slough are at Dunstable Good Friday per the front page (for those looking out for the score) not tomorrow evening

Lots of pressure on Kettering who in spite of having a couple of games in hand, must be thinking they need 6 points from this weekend to have a chance at 2nd but were no where near as strong as Weymouth having seen them both just once this season (albeit Kettering was on a pretty grotty pitch on New Years day).

All we can do is look after ourselves and we know that, for now at least, 2nd spot is still very much still in our own hands which with just 6 regular season games to go is a credit to IC and his squad, just hope that they can carry it through to the end and that the town gets out and supports what is likely to be a cracking end to the season.

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General Discussion / Re: Another win tonight.
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:55:29 PM »
Didn't think we were awful (did anyone watch us under Setch?) but certainly big holes where Jarvis and Gash 'should' have been.  Wholly agree with the disbelief with IC preferring Metts to Siddons made all the stranger as when the change did come Siddons did exactly what he has done in every game I have seen him this year - not so good outside the box although gives 100% but inside the box generally has only one thought and that is to SHOOT and its no surprise that he still scores goals even with his limited playing opportunities - "can't win a raffle if you don't buy a ticket"

Didn't see the sending off tackle well enough to comment but IC was certainly upset but we weren't at our best and the frustration was telling (again missing the 'older heads' on the pitch).  Lets hope we can retain a bit more composure in the remaining matches and stick with what has got us into this great position - playing the ball on the ground and creating.

Does anyone have any idea where we are on the suspension front?  At least five in the book last night, Clunan (who must be getting close), Ward, Blake-Tracey (time wasting without a warning compared to their keeper who had a couple), Parker and Hillard (which looked pretty rash, not for the first time)

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General Discussion / Re: Match Day
« on: March 28, 2018, 01:34:03 PM »
Now we have achieved the play offs what are the dates of the semis and final.
WELL DONE EVERYONE!

Not quite by my calculations, even with Slough and Royston having to play each other twice I think they can both mathematically catch us along with Weymouth and Kettering.  That said it would take a hell of a turnaround for us not to make the playoffs and six points from the next two games would put us in a very strong position to clinch 2nd spot depending on the outcome of Saturdays fixture at Kettering.

Accident at Middleton didn't cause that much of an issue apart from a minor detour (through Narborough and then again via Blackborough End) which was fine in a car but wouldn't want to do it in a lorry so hence you could understand the 'official' detour being down the A10 and back up to Swaffham by the stock car track.

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General Discussion / Re: "player of the season" contender 2017-2018
« on: March 19, 2018, 01:37:25 PM »
Ryan Jarvis by some distance for me, followed by Blake-Tracey (totally at ease at wing back in a 5, full back in a 4 and also one of the 3 centre halves when needed).  As good as Norman has been, he does have a sometimes want to do a bit too much himself imo.  Could also make a case for either of our centre halves, Ryan has been dependable all season and Tom Ward has controlled the back line well, both when in a four but in particular when we swapped to a back five.

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General Discussion / Re: Non League Projections 2018/19
« on: March 16, 2018, 12:39:27 PM »
Don't forget Tony that step 3  match day Revenue could decrease by 10% because of the number of games compared to this season. I assume players salary and bonus are on a weekly basis and not a match basis.

That's true for both step 2 and 3 next season (22 teams at both levels) so Lynn are stuck with that reality.  You would hope that the majority of clubs will adjust any 'weekly wages' to reflect that?  I have no idea, but would assume any bonus payments are on a match basis already?

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General Discussion / Re: Non League Projections 2018/19
« on: March 16, 2018, 11:40:15 AM »
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1inu6blXlaCuykULnRxHPFLMcCnAPU1NtmlM27JJ9nFE/htmlview

Very interesting.

or for those who like to see things graphically (with thanks to Wazzafan on the nonleaguematters.co.uk forum)

step 2 - http://goo.gl/oRDNEd
step 3 - http://goo.gl/HDFmG2

to be honest, I know SC keeps going on about promotion being crucial this season but that Central league at step 3 has a lot going for it and would certainly make balancing the budget (or living within one) a whole lot easier.


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General Discussion / Re: Tonight's game v Slough
« on: March 14, 2018, 01:28:09 PM »
Three points is three points, thought Slough shaded it first half with some good closing down but as we have seen so often this season very few sides can maintain that over 90 minutes and the gaps started to appear with Jarvis and Clunan finding more and more space and using the ball well.  We can all have a different view Linnet1993 but I thought as the game wore on we relied less and less on the longer ball and looked all the better for it, yes the pitch didn't make it easy and there will always be the odd mistake trying to 'overplay' but the pros still far outweigh the cons for me.  Thought the conditions hampered Hawkins to the extent that I would have replaced him rather than Parker who I thought was having a good game, yes Ryan had a couple of chances near the end but just looked 'out of sorts' with the bumpy pitch and some (unpunished) over-physical attention from Slough.

We now need to back the past week up - how many from Weymouth and Kettering expected us to bag 6 points from these two games?  Slough and Kettering's games in hand look more and more like a handicap and IC's men have certainly put the pressure firmly back on the chasing pack.

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General Discussion / Re: Slough Tuesday?
« on: March 13, 2018, 01:15:45 PM »
This is arguably the most important game of the season: beat Slough and Lynn's chances of finishing second will increase dramatically. This is the proverbial 6 pointer.

The game deserves a massive crowd: normal prices; Lynn's first home game since the 17th Feb: gotta be 1,000 plus!

I just hope that the pitch is fit for purpose!

Totally agree Stan.  Does anyone know the dates for the playoffs?  Is it the semis in the midweek after the final fixtures on the 28th April and then a final on May bank holiday?

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General Discussion / Re: Lowestoft FC
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:57:35 PM »
https://twitter.com/lowestofttownfc/status/970373538271186944?s=21

Dire times at Lowestoft and the projected league moves will only make it worse.

How many times will this scenario be repeated in the quest for glory?
Why do Clubs never seem to learn from history and keep making the same mistakes?
What's wrong with only spending what a Club can generate from its gates and commercial activities?
What's so wrong with having a Club playing at the level it should be playing at and can afford and sustain?

Until the FA have a 'fit and proper' test or maybe some sort of bond scheme before allowing new ownership this will always be the case and unfortunately you will always have these sort of clubs distorting the 'natural order' of where clubs 'should' be, particularly at our level of the non-league game where a relatively small amount of money can make a huge difference.  Thus there will always be individuals who will want the 'glory' associated with taking a club a few steps up the ladder for as long as it lasts.  Whilst Lynn are at a different point in the cycle to Lowestoft all the indications are that we have a similar (unsustainable) business model so, based on so many other cases, it is probably only a matter of time for us but how many would still snap your hand off for promotion this season?

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General Discussion / Re: Ticketing prices
« on: March 03, 2018, 12:09:21 PM »
Mr Cleeve has been true to his word in so much as he has backed his ideal with hard cash, and seemingly is continuing to do so.   The questions in my mind is how long is he prepared to do this and for how much.   I have no idea on Mr Cleeve personal wealth but I would suggest he didnít make his money by running loss making football Clubs.  At what point will the club become self-funding and how will this be achieved under the current structure ?

With the Club n being 100% owned by one person I can see no safety net underneath. I would further suggest that if the worst happened that even the Trust wouldnít be able to save it as things stand at the moment.

Letís enjoy the standard of football and indeed ride the train but letís keep an eye on the future at the same time.

I really hope the fans respond to Mr Cleeveís  open request for more fans to pay at the gate to keep keep the club moving forward.  Itís a big ask to expect one man to carry this heavy burden.

Mallard, a couple of points. 

Whilst I am certainly enjoying the football that SC appears to be subsidising to such a degree, the 'heavy burden' is partially self inflicted in that he is the one who came in with what many seasoned Linnet's fans thought were unrealistic expectations / aspirations.  That isn't to say I hope he fails, far from it, but equally there isn't a lot of sympathy either.

Also the point about a safety net .  Obviously the accounts are for 2016/17 season and very few know the position this season but from those accounts it looks like creditors (including HMRC) were manageable with SC's loan being by far the largest debt.  Perhaps more worrying is that the losses for that season seem way out of kilter for what was a pretty mediocre side (at best) in the division, so this season even with an impressive rise in gate numbers (and with a price rise to boot) SC must be looking at some pretty horrible red numbers.  Will be interesting to see what the balance sheet looks like because I can't see HMRC letting things get out of control in the way they did for Bobbins et al so maybe, just maybe there could still be a club if the current benefactor walked away.

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General Discussion / Sense of proportion
« on: February 26, 2018, 01:15:58 PM »
Not sure what has brought this on this season, perhaps its testament to how much we have improved on the pitch, but there seems to be a lot of criticism of off the field operations when there has to be an acceptance that we are what we are - a non-league outfit playing semi-pro football at step 3 in the pyramid with aspirations of step 2 (anything more is pure fantasy imo).  So with that everyone, myself included, have to accept that there will be times when roles that are covered by professionals in a league club are undertaken by volunteers at KLTFC and when you are dealing with volunteers you have to accept that however willing, there will be times when they are unable to meet the same standards as a professional, whether that is in the standard of stewarding, media coverage, marketing expertise, programme editing, website moderating, grounds maintenance or whatever.  This isn't to knock any of the people currently in the roles mentioned, far from it, but however much we may wish for things to be 'better' unless we are prepared (and can also prove a greater level of competency and commitment than the current postholders) to take things on then I think we all need to be a bit more grateful for what we have.

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General Discussion / Re: Goal difference
« on: February 24, 2018, 05:59:38 PM »
Agree that the title is Hereford's to lose so, as I said earlier in the week, happy for them to hurt Weymouth's goal difference.  Whether Slough are in the mix with us at the end of the season is completely in our own hands although I still think that if we can win our game against them at the Walks in March that will be enough to finish above them as the backlog of games catches up with them.

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