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General Discussion / Re: FA Cup Replay v Alfreton Tuesday Evening
« on: September 25, 2019, 08:46:40 AM »
Really good all round performance last night, particularly in view of the change in formation caused by Gash's absence, possibly not a system we could employ away from home on heavier pitches but given the massive improvement at the Walks something that we look at again, even if only as a plan B.  Certainly will have given IC food for thought with how some of those who haven't had loads of game time took their opportunity.

I didn't hear who was man of the match and would probably have given it to Marriott who worked tirelessly throughout but for me the biggest performance was Burrows as the spare centre half, given that he can't be 'match sharp' I thought he looked more comfortable there than he has in his games at right back.  Payne and Carey again impressed in a packed but fluid midfield and IC has to find a way of giving them more game time, we also moved the ball much, much quicker (and slicker) than against Gloucester and duly got the rewards.  I guess the only slight disappointment was that Kelly didn't fully take his chance - he looked good early on but then got a bit one dimensional always wanting to take a player on when, in truth, where we were hurting them was by moving the ball on quicker.

General Discussion / Re: Alfreton FA Cup
« on: September 20, 2019, 01:49:42 PM »
I think IC may opt for a back 3 even without Ross being absent - Alfreton's front two caused problems in the home fixture and we did swap in the 2nd half albeit briefly as we then went down to 10 men.  As well as strengthening the midfield hopefully it should give a few more options as I thought we didn't move the ball quickly enough at the weekend vs Gloucester.  So my team would be:

Fryatt, Jones, Smith
Clunan, Carey, Jarvis, Kelly, Fox
Marriott, Gash

Happy that you could bring in Burrows if Clunan or Jarvis needed a rest and possibly Payne for Fox.  Still think letting Toby go to Dereham was a mistake as there isn't much option up front, not that he is in anyway a like for like replacement for Gash (particularly in the form he is in) but he would be a more viable option than anything else we have in the squad.

General Discussion / Re: Missing a Trick
« on: September 16, 2019, 02:05:32 PM »
Just watched the IC interview (thanks Bevan) and wouldn't disagree with a word, I too would have been happy to see us 'not in the bottom three' after 10 games.  Realistically we are miles away in a number of areas of what is needed to maintain a step 2 set up, notably but not exclusively on the commercial side and these things will take time.  As for this group of players and the age profile of the squad that is irrelevant, squads will chop and change every year and it is down to IC to try and ensure that each year the squad is at least as strong as the previous year (more so this year after the promotion and I still think there is some tweaking there to be done). 

The increase in attendance is to be welcomed but I would very much doubt we have got anywhere near SC's break even point and certainly not to the point where we can throw much more at the squad this season, don't forget we have a hefty (appreciate there are differing estimates) bill coming before the end of season on ground improvements to even stay in this league assuming IC's aim of survival is achieved on the pitch.  So where can the club get more funds:

 * The commercial side could do more, although that will probably be a long term fix based on my experience of the standing of the club within the local business community - local companies currently have enough pressures on them and are not really set up with the aim of subsidising a local football club
 * The Friends could play a bigger role and that is down to fans doing what they can, they have options for most budgets with 100 club, pitch squares and 12th man
 * The Trust could certainly build on their GDF initiative and whilst the £4K was a great bit of fundraising I would have thought that they would now be looking to 'go again' with a push to raise another capital sum before the end of the season
 * Attendance - this always has to be budgeted at a sensible rather than an aspirational (1500???) level as it probably only takes a poor run or a few extra midweek games to drop this down, yes opposition teams do seem to be bringing more fans but there are a fair number of factors (like what is happening down the A47) that can have an impact.

Personally I would be (very) happy with a mid table finish without any thoughts of looking over our shoulder in the second half of the season and the ground improvements completed and signed off by the FA in good time.  Going a few rounds in either the FA cup or FA trophy would be a bonus.

General Discussion / Re: FA Cup
« on: September 09, 2019, 10:34:29 PM »
... So maybe its worth trying to seize the day with the league opportunity if its possible to do it and if the club can continue to develop fast enough to support it...

Huge question there and lets just say I remain to be convinced.  As for sanity and vanity, lets just see what last years promotion push did to the balance sheet and I haven't seen much this season to suggest that we are no longer reliant on the goodwill (and cash) of one man - higher gates are a start but it was a pretty big hole to fill by all accounts and the commercial side of the club is remains step 3 at best.

General Discussion / Re: FA Cup
« on: September 09, 2019, 01:47:35 PM »
That's a really tough draw !
Away to one of the most physical and direct non league sides......not really what we wanted with several players carrying knocks...would have been good to be able to rest some key players and be ready for York away the following week.
Be interesting to see what IC does re team selection.

Resting players for the FA cup is the last thing we need to be doing, I am sure the club could really do with the income and publicity a good cup run would generate.  Yes, the opening 10 league games have been fantastic but lets not get ahead of ourselves, stability at step 2 and a cup run would be a massively successful season imo.

General Discussion / Re: vs Hereford 10th August
« on: August 09, 2019, 02:07:57 PM »
Please correct me if I'm wrong Tony but, are you implying the Chairman shouldn't be getting any help or support because of what he has or hasn't done in the past ?

No I am not saying he 'shouldn't' be getting support but he doesn't always make it easy to support him with some of his words and actions.  I don't think the club has ever really had a great relationship with the business sector in the town and surrounding area and to put that right will take an awful lot of time and effort (although I would accept a successful team would also play its part) but to be appealing for a match day sponsor less than 48 hours before the first home Saturday of the season doesn't bode well.  On a personal level, I am supporting the club in the ways that I am comfortable with as a fan.

General Discussion / Re: vs Hereford 10th August
« on: August 09, 2019, 01:37:51 PM »
The Groundsman Steve Curtis has done a fantastic job on the playing surface.  All credit to the guy.   The same can be said for IC in his recruitment and keeping the squad together. Add in Stephen Cleeve who continues to back the Club from top to bottom.  There are however other things at the Club that need addressing to keep pace with the level we are now playing at.  For example Mr Cleeve having to put out a request for a match day sponsor for the big game on Saturday. 

What are these people behind the scenes actually doing ? Letís hope the Chairman gets the support he deserves.

Sponsor now on board, per SC's Twitter
"Big thanks to Jack Webber and Webber Roofing for Sponsoring Saturdayís game against Hereford - support is really appreciated Jack"

My concerns re the infrastructure off the pitch have been well documented but we are where we are so have to make the best of it although I think you could make a pretty strong case that the Chairman is getting way more support than 'he deserves'.  Hopefully over time he will come to realise what is required behind the scenes at step 2 and that it won't be a quick fix.

General Discussion / vs Hereford 10th August
« on: August 08, 2019, 06:29:08 PM »
Looks like my query re segregated matches will get tested this weekend

No comment in the article as to on who took the decision to segregate the crowd but hopefully all passes without incident.  Think will be a much tougher test than we faced Tuesday evening.

General Discussion / Re: Large Crowds and Queues
« on: August 08, 2019, 01:14:19 PM »
They had a pile of pre-printed tickets when I bought mine on Tuesday evening so can only assume they got through them before you turned up?  Not sure there is much benefit in different queues, I guess the trick is to convince more people to purchase online to avoid the queues, also midweek tends to condense arrivals so you get a more of a queue for the same final attendance.  There was an informal arrangement on the scanning when I walked in but if we are going to get bigger crowds then your suggestion seems pretty reasonable. 

One additional problem with the ticket office model is when we are forced into a segregated crowd situation - everyone will still have to queue at the same ticket office unless we issue 'away tickets' that can only be purchased from the visiting club and don't sell any on the day for the away turnstile, although that brings its own set of problems

General Discussion / Re: Fortress Walks
« on: August 07, 2019, 01:30:30 PM »
Guess we all see things differently, I thought first half we were a bit too direct which played into Kettering's hands a little bit, lots of endeavour but we didn't really create a clear cut chance.  Second half we tried to play a bit more and a really well worked first goal totally opened them up.  Agree with others in that I can't understand going with the same 11 ie no Kelly from the start when all the talk pre-match had been about using the squad with games coming thick and fast.  Carey showed what a prospect he is with his goal, not just in the way he finished it but also fantastic awareness to hold his position to allow Kelly to find him with the pass. 

So, three points in the bag, confidence raised and onto the weekend which I am guessing will be a sterner test of our capabilities at step 2.

General Discussion / Re: Opening Day Defeat
« on: August 06, 2019, 05:24:04 PM »
KES80, take the point about friendlies, hopefully if we can establish ourselves at step 2 we will be able to attract 'higher' clubs?

...I hope the crowd isnít down too much following Saturday....
Will be interesting to see tonights attendance, irrespective of Saturdays result I would be happy with anything above 1000 but SC was on Twitter earlier in the week hoping for "at least 1300", think that may be overly optimistic.

General Discussion / Re: Opening Day Defeat
« on: August 06, 2019, 01:26:17 PM »
Highlights really don't make for great viewing - could easily have been more but for some poor finishing, not quite the 'we made three mistakes and were punished each time' which was the how the reports read.  KES80, not sure if it was our preseason or we are just generally not up to the speed required for the new league, which is a collective step up, maybe a bit of both?  Hope for better tonight, IC has said he is taking it in blocks of 10, given how quickly the games are coming this will be early September so think we will all have a better idea of where we are by then.

General Discussion / Re: Opening Day Defeat
« on: August 05, 2019, 01:36:25 PM »
Reading the reports it seems like 3-0 may have been a bit harsh but don't think anyone has said it was the wrong result.  Whilst others have said on here that IC could be a big factor this season (again), he can only work with the squad assembled and we saw enough points dropped with individual errors last season to know that we are prone to giving teams openings, just sounds like Guiseley made us pay.

If MacAuley is still not 100% will IC slot Payne in as a makeshift third centre half or swap the formation round?  I think we need to find a way of getting Kelly into the starting 11, IC is in the press today saying he wasn't 'quite right' and appreciate it is a long season but I would still start him tomorrow night.  Not quite a six pointer just yet but in an ideal world given the opposition I think we should be looking for four points from our first two home games.

General Discussion / Re: loanee
« on: August 02, 2019, 10:10:22 AM »
Looks like a really good addition - left hand side defensive midfielder.  Gives us options both if Fox doesn't work out or is injured and see that he also played centre back for Norwich u23s so a bit of quality cover there too.  Think that will probably be it for signing unless we get an injury as that gets the squad over the 11+5 when everyone is fit, additional job for IC to keep everyone happy.

Aside from the lad himself, great that Norwich are seeing us a somewhere they can send someone for a year, had my doubts after we missed out on the centre half earlier in pre-season but hopefully if we can establish ourselves at step 2 we can show this sort of deal can be a win for both clubs and the player himself.

General Discussion / Re: Dream Team for 2019/20
« on: July 29, 2019, 05:23:44 PM »
Certainly got too many attacking midfielders if we play that line up. Looks short of pace to me down the spine...pace to burn on the bench.

I'm with Mallard on this.  Not really sure where / how you would add pace specifically to the spine?  Smith is probably our quickest defender, Marriott the quickest forward and as Mallard has said, Kelly doesn't look to be a slouch.  Only real option would be to replace Clunan or Jarvis with Richards (or both if you brought in Carey) but think 'solid' will be the mantra for the season, away from home at least.  How would you swap things round KES80?

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