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General Discussion / Re: The loan and the English Sports Council
« on: April 13, 2021, 01:15:14 PM »
Does this mean we can get our players back from furlough?

If the reports are true and we need 400K to get to the start of next season (assuming we can then have a viable number of fans back in the Walks) then why on earth would the club consider bringing players back on furlough for what, to us at least, are nothing more than training games?

General Discussion / Re: Ground Development Fund (GDF) update
« on: April 12, 2021, 07:23:35 PM »
Great news that the club have sorted out what they wanted the GDF to go towards and well done to all the fans who contributed to help making the Walks compliant for the level we are now at.  Hopefully more fundraising can be co-ordinated as and when additional works are required. 

General Discussion / Re: Kairo Mitchell Leaves for Chesterfield
« on: April 11, 2021, 11:54:37 AM »
KES, maybe we all need to wake up.  A couple of years ago we were a 'big fish' at step 3 so could attract better players (for that level) and SC seemed to have the cash to bankroll / financially dope the club to be successful at that level.  I think we may have been able to survive at step 2 building on that model but thanks to a strong start and COVID we find ourselves at step 1 without the players or infrastructure to back that up and thanks again to COVID we look like we will have another crack at it next year.

Questions have to be asked about pre-season recruitment this year and hopefully those involved in the football side are now far more aware of what is required and also what is out there.  I think the model you and NL have suggested is probably sensible, if nothing else it avoids the situation we shell out for a lot of two year deals which we are then saddled with should we end up going down next season, we are already gambling with the long term viability of the club as it is imo.  Realistically we can't compete financially with many in the NL for a variety of reasons (bigger crowds, off field income streams, richer owners) so we will always be prone to losing our players to other clubs so the model then needs to be one of bringing players through and having a core who are less likely to leave through local ties or age, what this furlough period has shown is that there are capable players available on loans from league u23 teams if we have the contacts and will to play them

General Discussion / home vs Chesterfield
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:41:59 PM »
Probably a fair result on the balance of play but given that Robinson hardly had a save to make Lynn will be disappointed at dropping the point(s).  On the positive side Fleming had a good game and Babos looked OK on his debut but we didn't play as well today as we have recently perhaps understandably given the changes to the squad and the loss of McFadden midway through the first half.  Still not at all convinced with Gyasi but I suppose he is getting a proper chance to prove otherwise and a shame that the final chance fell to Kiwomya who really doesn't look fit which doesn't bode well with the departures over the past few days

General Discussion / Re: Today's stream
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:27:52 PM »
More 'technical difficulties' with the stream today than at an other point in the season but I guess the vast majority of the 1000+ who watched today won't be coming back anyway as they are likely to be Chesterfield fans given how many our 'usual' streams attract, gives some indication of what we are up against on and off the pitch now we are NL

General Discussion / Re: Adam Marriott
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:20:30 PM »
Sad to see him go and a real shame that we never saw the best of him this season having come into the campaign injured and never really got going.  Don't think the changes made to the squad / playing style this season really helped him and just hope he can find the right move in the summer (not sure Eastleigh is that move)

General Discussion / Re: Kairo Mitchell Leaves for Chesterfield
« on: April 10, 2021, 05:14:43 PM »
SC explained the situation on commentary - lots of interest for Mitchell but Chesterfield matched our valuation (plus sell on clause) and with them paying 52 week contracts it was a step up for the player and the club won't stand in a player's way if the club and player have done things properly.  Difficult in the current climate and squad situation but can't always choose when teams come in with bids for players

General Discussion / Re: Disappointing
« on: April 07, 2021, 02:18:11 PM »
Fair point Dazza, I guess many fans are taking a 'get through it' attitude to the remainder of the season.  I personally think there are still positives that can come out of the season, even if I am less concerned about results/points but appreciate that a couple of wins on the bounce will help the players/management. 

For me, the big positive is seeing the club actually giving some younger / u23s loanees a chance and showing what they can do as this was an area where we were well out step with most other clubs in the division at the start of the season.  Hopefully when SC/IC sit down at the end of the season they can put in a structure that enables us to have the right level of contacts to ensure we build on this area for 2021/22.

As for the match on Monday, thought we looked a lot better with a front two and one behind rather than sticking Carey & Gyasi out wide leaving Mitchell isolated from long periods but having gone down 3-0 recently at their place you could understand IC being cautious.  Have to feel for Carey, much as he is showing his ability and adaptability, he really does seem to be IC's option to fill in whatever gaps furlough / injuries are throwing at us.  Also both full backs had another solid outing, not sure Howard is quite pushing Jones out but certainly doing himself no harm and Denton a much, much better option than Brown.

General Discussion / Re: Linnets win at home.
« on: March 28, 2021, 11:14:52 AM »
At last we have turned some of the decent performances post-furlough into points.  Howard and Coleman didn't look out of place at this level and Fleming looked far more comfortable in the middle alongside McFadden.  Still not at all convinced about Kiwomya/Gyasi when the rest of the team is set up to play possession, passing football as their movement isn't the best making the job for the midfielders harder but we have to work with what we have for now.  Other slight niggle was having the academy lads on the bench then not using them whilst trying to make a formation out of the eleven on the pitch (square pegs / round holes), that said Davies looked keen when he came on so hopefully he will get a few more minutes in the games to come.

General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 26, 2021, 06:16:06 PM »
Sorry  :nilpoints:

General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:32:23 PM »
Another one in

Ethan Coleman, midfielder came through Reading u18s/23s then at Brackley at the start of this season.  Without knowing anything about him, I think it would be fair to view him as a 'combative' midfielder - 3 league appearances, 3 bookings!

General Discussion / Dover
« on: March 26, 2021, 05:27:51 PM »
Just to cheer SC up on a Friday afternoon, the NL have decided to slap Dover on the wrist (with a hanky), OK it's a 12 point deduction and 40K fine but compared to the costs KLTFC and others are incurring to complete the season the NL have shown themselves (again) to be completely incompetent.  So, Dover can now start planning their 2021/22 NL season and budget whilst Lynn, Wealdstone etc have to continue to go through the motions, racking up costs that will have to be found from somewhere (next seasons budget?)

General Discussion / Re: Alty
« on: March 23, 2021, 06:31:50 PM »
Two genuine forwards up top for the first time in a while.  I assume we will be lining up something like

     McFadden, Smith, Baggott
Howard, Clunan, Richards, Denton
              Gash, Jackson

Without seeing the new lads that doesn't look a bad lineup and the bench also looks a bit more balanced with the new lads coming in which will give IC some options at least.

General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 23, 2021, 05:14:49 PM »
Richards, Carey, King, Kiwomya......on their day, as good as most in the league.

Fair enough, happy to agree to disagree.  Whilst showing 'glimpses', I don't think either King or Kiwomya have shown anywhere near the consistency to find a place in a 'good' NL side based on what I have seen on the streams this season and to play those four as your midfield would be asking a hell of a lot from Richards in terms of defensive responsibilities.

General Discussion / Re: Two more in
« on: March 23, 2021, 01:37:18 PM »
...we are shaping up to have one of the strongest midfields in the league...

Whilst I appreciate the need to sometimes view the glass as 'half full', this must surely have been said in jest?  I can't see Sonny being here next season and just hope we get some reasonably compensation for him and would wish him all the best.  I think Richards has also done enough to justify interest from elsewhere in the NL and maybe he will be tempted to reduce his travel and he would be a loss but other than that I can't see many clubs coming in for any more of our midfielders.

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