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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?

General Discussion / Re: Dream Team for 2019/20
« on: July 29, 2019, 01:45:17 PM »

Carey/ Concrave

That would be my preferred starting team in a 3-4-1-2 formation with Kelly slotting in just behind the front 2.  Could probably put forward a case for Jones vs Burrows wide right and I think we could well see Carey splitting time with the two lads in the middle of the park.  Squad still looks a bit short in certain areas to me.  Defensive cover looks like Jones or alternatively we have to swap to a back 4?  Also the squad as it currently stands would be going with 'fill ins' up front but it's probably not worth paying a ready made replacement to sit on the bench so if we were to lose Gash or Marriott for an extended period IC may be thinking that he would have more options looking to the loan market at that point in time, still think there was a role within the squad for Toby, not sure that is the case for either Stewart or Limb who I guess will be out on loan again in the near future?  Also think we might have one too many 'attacking midfielders', much as it is great for IC to have options, there is only so much budget and what is spent in one area can't then be spent elsewhere.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: July 25, 2019, 08:49:57 AM »
Fair enough KES80, will have to agree to disagree and we all see different things when we watch games / players anyway. 

Personally think top 8 is fantasy if the league is anything like the standard it was the last time we were at step 2, I also think last year was a difficult one to gauge a teams strength by with the dilution of step 3 (I didn't think any of Lynn's playoff opponents were as anywhere near as strong as Weymouth, Kettering and Slough from the season before).  Personally I will be happy if we can avoid being in the bottom half dozen throughout our first season at step 2 for a while and a mid table finish would be success for me.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: July 24, 2019, 07:09:58 PM »
It must be difficult to get a real quality striker in to sit in the bench.  Finance would be one issue and finding a player to bench sit most of the season would be another.  So if Toby is the back up option then I guess thatís understandable.  At least IC will know the lad wants to be there and will give it his all when called upon.  Plus I would suggest he would be relatively inexpensive.
All the reasons I would rather see Toby there, its going to be a long season for Gash but can't see that we can afford to have his equal on the bench and if he does break down then we would have to tackle the issue then with the possibility of looking at the loan market too.

Not sure Tony that I would want IC to play is preferred starting 11 in the next 2 games.  Giving players 3 games in the peak of summer might be asking a bit much.  We need the players fresh and hungry in the third one of these games.  Itís a long old season.
Not suggesting they play the full 90 in either game but last night's second half didn't really serve any purpose as we swapped personnel and shape so if, for example Fox is going to be the plan A on the left then I would start him in the next two games, if not then don't.  The next two games will also be against much harder teams so would expect a 'proper test' and for me that means getting a settled 11 with maybe a bit of tinkering second half as part of managing workloads.  I remain to be convinced that we genuinely have a squad capable at step 2 so am nervous when people talk about rotating players throughout the season but I guess 8 games in August will be the test of that.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: July 24, 2019, 05:18:09 PM »
If we play 3 4 1 2,  I would think it would be in games against the top 5 eg York away. With such a formation you have Jones, Clunan, Richards, Carey, Jarvis and Henderson all fighting for 2 spots and Henderson, Richards, Carey, Hawkins and Kelly for the place behind the front two.
Against the likes of Farsley, Curzon, Guiseley, Gloucester,Leamington, Kettering I hope we go with the old diamond formation, certainly at home.
In terms of a back up striker we have Stewart and Limb in the squad and Hendo and Hawkins might also perform that role.
This is the year for Limb or Stewart to make a break through.
Given the defence now has decent cover and the midfield is bulging, a striker might be the final signing......?
Certainly will be a season where most if not all of the squad, play their part at some stage.

I think 3-4-1-2 is probably our most attacking formation and even against some of the 'lesser' teams at step 2 just don't think we will have the personnel to play the diamond.  Also not sure I would agree with your options - Henderson isn't an option for me as one of the central 2 and would be happier seeing Jones as one of the wide players, yes the 'no 10' slot does have options but again most of those you have listed would also be in consideration for either of the wide berths.

Sorry but can realistically only see Limb and/or Stewart making a breakthrough out on loan at step 4 and don't understand if you think otherwise why you think the final signing should be a striker?  Would be nice if IC could find someone but would you really want a 'Mellors-Blair' type player warming the bench any more than Toby?  I think finances may well dictate if (and where) we could strengthen but opportunities may arise as clubs above us trim their squads as we get closer to the start of the season.

Would like to see IC go with his starting line up for the last couple of pre-season games, we need to hit the season running and whilst its good to look at options in both personnel and formations early points and confidence could prove key to how the season goes.

General Discussion / Re: Next season's squad ?
« on: July 24, 2019, 08:46:37 AM »
My first look at the new lads last night and looks like we have the makings of a decent squad.  Obviously its pre-season and step 4 opposition but thought Smith looked a very good acquisition and I hope the 3-4-1-2 we played in the first half is our default set up for the new season, Kelly showed what a player from a higher standard looked like, Carey looked like we could be perming 2 from 3 (Jarvis, Clunan & Carey) for those middle two spots and we could have a really good player on our hands if he develops both as a player and physically, didn't see enough of Fox as we swapped it round 2nd half.  I still have worries that one or two from last year are a bit 'light weight' and may get found out at step 2 and with keeping the bulk of last years squad together we don't have the strength to carry anyone so hope that IC can get that additional player in that he talks about.

General Discussion / Re: THINKING BIGGER
« on: July 16, 2019, 05:59:20 PM »
Tony I guess people read things differently.  For clarification, as I understand it the GDF of The Trust is paying to have the turnstiles installed with the Club finding the rest.

Having said that maybe that arrangement has been changed.

From the post in May by the B&G Trust
"The cost of a double turnstile unit is £6,700 plus VAT, plus the costs of installation such as a suitable hard-standing and connection to a mains electricity supply.  It was agreed that the GDF would be used towards the purchase of these turnstiles...  It would be fantastic if this total could be increased  in order to further subsidise the cost of the turnstiles.  To find out more on the GDF and how to donate, click on the thermometer on the home page"

Currently the fund stands at just over £4K so still some way to go if the Trust is going to fund the full cost of the turnstiles but would be a great effort if they could manage to get there.  Presumably at some point the club will look to purchase these turnstiles and have them fitted, at which time the Trust will close down the GDF and transfer whatever has been raised to the club, so there is still time for people to add to the fund.

General Discussion / Re: THINKING BIGGER
« on: July 16, 2019, 01:54:00 PM »
Mark is that correct the Trust are jointly funding all of the work you mention ?  I was on the understanding it was the turnstiles they were assisting with through their GDF.  However I stand to be corrected.

My reading of the term jointly was slightly different - effectively the B&G Trust's GDF is 'contributing towards' the works, be that the turnstiles or the project as a whole it doesn't really matter.  Jointly also shouldn't imply equal shares, the GDF is a chance for each and everyone of us to help out as much as we can (the money is ring fenced so can only go to one place, more details here but at the end of the day the club is ultimately responsible for ensuring all of the work is completed within the FA's timescale.

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