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General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Boreham Wood - Tuesday 13th
« on: October 14, 2020, 08:55:47 AM »
Looking through the side, either keeper, the full backs, Jarv provided used sparingly, Carey, King and Power (when both fully fit), Marriott and Southwell look ok at this level so far. Time yet for a few others to grow into it...........we can't realistically expect to be able to go toe to toe with the top sides straight away.....we are a part time side up against seasoned full timers....ideally we need a centre back with League 2/NL experience who has a good couple of years left in him, who has the fitness levels and experience to organise things..........

Game of opinions KES, for me King hasn't done much and I remain to be convinced that he wasn't just in the right place at the right time ie was he what we really needed?  Maybe more of a gap now Hendo has gone but still think we already had (and still have) options in that position.  I also struggle to see what Power adds to the side, teams at this level won't be scared by his pace which seems his biggest weapon, still don't think he is worth changing the shape and balance of the team for.  Carey we can agree on, one of the bright spots so far, always looks positive and hopefully can find more opportunities as the season progresses. 

As for the Mair vs Pedro debate, I think he has done well (in difficult circumstances) so far although I would accept we don't have a leader within the back four but I am not sure that situation is much different when Pedro has the gloves.

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Boreham Wood - Tuesday 13th
« on: October 14, 2020, 08:43:58 AM »
Interesting listening to IC on Radio Norfolk after the game last night and I would agree that we are not really looking to compete with Solihull or Boreham Wood, both of whom would expect to be pushing for play-offs this season.  What is of greater concern, particularly last night is that IC abandoned what has got us to this point, yes Boreham Wood were effective with their pressing game but we looked totally incapable of stringing more than a couple of passes together and so often elected to go long to a hard worked but ultimately ineffective Southwell. 

I know games are coming thick and fast and there has to be a rotation of the squad but we have to have more in midfield than we did last night, yes the back four look wobbly but with absolutely nothing in front of them to offer protection it was only a matter of time before the goals came.  IC has also taken to talking about 'men' in the opposition, I think this is partly to explain the physical presence of sides but also the 'men against boys' that last night so obviously was.  Unfortunately we already have a big squad compared to some sides in this league so maybe there is the realisation that some of the acquisitions during the off season didn't really plug the gaps that were already there from last year.

Just a quick note on the streaming - pretty good service with just a couple of short buffering episodes, not sure of the placement of the 2nd & 3rd cameras and some of the cutting between them in the first half didn't help but improved as the match went on.  SC proved to be a good 'colour' man and came across well imo, MH needs to understand he is on TV not radio and talk less but all in all a reasonable first effort, lets hope fans get behind it and keep paying for the service.

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Boreham Wood - Tuesday 13th
« on: October 13, 2020, 10:54:04 AM »
Appreciate that there may be a few teething issues with all of the NL clubs having to find their own way in the world of streaming (why the NL haven't been working on a league wide system over the summer is a question for another day) so appreciate a bit of patience may be required. 

As for Mall's question about the £12 price point, personally I think it is a bit high but I guess the decision was would the club get 20% more paying customers at £10?  My guess is they might, if you discount season ticket holders who are getting the stream as part of their ticket that leaves the 'floating' fan and I think a number of them may be discouraged at paying more than £10 regularly, especially when you can watch a premier league match for £14.95

Admin, just seen your post, thanks.  Fingers crossed that this is the case but personally I would have liked a quick email saying 'thanks, you are registered for tonights match, the feed will start at 7.15pm' - is that too much to ask in this day and age? 

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v Boreham Wood - Tuesday 13th
« on: October 13, 2020, 09:37:41 AM »
Given our current chairman's "motivational" Tweet earlier today, I duly signed up for the stream tonight - has anyone else signed up as I haven't had any sort of confirmation from Insight4 that they processed the transaction?  I have sent an email to the club but just posting on here to see if anyone else had any experience.  Thanks

General Discussion / Re: I don't believe it
« on: October 07, 2020, 01:41:56 PM »
There has been a gap between 'on field' and 'off field' since IC arrived and took what was happening on the pitch to a completely new level (in every sense).  Off field still had a long way to catch up even last year and the gap it greater still now we are at step 1 and COVID is unlikely to help in that regard in the short term.

Off field doesn't just cover the management and infrastructure of the club imo, the fans also need to do their bit.  The Friends of the Linnets have to make themselves (and their fundraising activities) far, far more visible to the general fan and come up with a way of engaging with a wider cross section of the fan base - 16 fans signed up to the 12th man is better than last year but £80 won't go far in helping out with the win bonus.  All well and good telling fans to 'enjoy the journey' but wouldn't it be better still if fans could do their bit to try and avoid going the way the last 'journey' ended in 2009?

General Discussion / Away vs Maidenhead (6th Oct)
« on: October 05, 2020, 02:23:59 PM »
With a point on the board earned against a probable playoff contender, we head down to Maidenhead in a positive frame of mind against a team that got beaten 3-0 at the weekend.

Key decisions for IC imo are whether he tinkers with the formation to shore us up at the back and did the three attacking midfielders do enough to keep their starting roles?  Personally I would like to see us try a back three and then maybe go with a narrow diamond in midfield, assuming Jarvis can't do 2 x 90mins in the space of four days and if Clunan is available then pop him on the right and play Kelly on the left and maybe rotate Carey ahead of King as he must still be buzzing from his cameo on Saturday.  Plenty of options for IC, just a case of finding the right combinations whilst also making sure the squad stays happy and fresh.

General Discussion / Re: home vs Yeovil (3rd Oct)
« on: October 04, 2020, 12:32:34 PM »
Great to finally see the season start and to watch Lynn on the TV was some compensation for not actually being there, reaction to other NL clubs streams seems to have been 'mixed', so that is something that will evolve over the course of the season

On the pitch a continuation of IC's template, first half lots of possession and we opened them up a couple of times without testing the keeper, second half Yeovil upped their game and we lost control but proved we can still create opportunities, interesting comment from Grant Holt afterwards about the 'Mazz effect' in that the other players have more belief with him on the pitch (yesterday is unlikely to reduce that with another poacher's finish to earn the point)

Personally thought Richards was head and shoulders our MotM, yes could have done more for their first but should never have been marking their 'big' centre half (I did express my concerns about set pieces in the opening post) but did a fantastic job breaking up stuff in the middle of the park.  Back four still cause for concern and remains to be seen if IC eventually sacrifices elsewhere to bring Burrows in as the third centre half.  Lacked a bit in the final third but to be expected with the loss of Mazz, Gash and Henderson from last year and Loza injured so not sure how many of those on the pitch would be in our 'first XI' - can't fault Southwell's effort but isn't a lone striker, Kelly did what he has done since he arrived - showed some good touches but ultimately no end product, similar for King who found space well but never really used it (lack of options in front of him?) and Power looked out of his depth when he couldn't beat the full back or centre half for pace.  Jarvis made us tick first half but struggled when Yeovil upped the pace second half which was always the fear when we stepped up a level - can he still play at the pace required?  Carey and Mazz made a huge difference when they came on, happy to see Sonny given his chance and remains as positive as ever, yes a bit more composure needed for his chance but his drive got the the whole team back on the front foot and he will only get better.

So, what for the future, I thought last night emphasised all the strengths and weaknesses of this team - will will still create opportunities but there remains a soft underbelly for sides to exploit, particularly from set pieces.  I suppose the question is, much as previous years, can we convert enough of our opportunities to secure the points we need?  One thing is for sure bookies will be keep lengthening the odds on nil-nil draws involving King's Lynn Town

General Discussion / Re: Deal agreed
« on: October 01, 2020, 01:01:10 PM »
Where was it said wage bill was 10k ?

I don't think anyone has said that is the wage bill, the EDP report quoted earlier had us with a wage bill in five figures - this is a pretty big range from £10K upwards.

General Discussion / Re: Deal agreed
« on: September 30, 2020, 01:46:20 PM »
Sorry, forgot we were one short even before Macclesfield.  £31K is probably well below what the club budgeted for assuming 2.75 home games per month although the grant shouldn't be VATable unlike gate receipts and add in streaming income plus I would imagine the club will run other 'specials' over the season such as the Yeovil programme to help make up the deficit. 

This is where the FotL need to step up and help galvanise the supporter base - if we accept fans won't be paying admission for the foreseeable and so won't be paying for the 50/50 etc can they get more to sign up to the 100 club and/or the 12th man initiatives as another way of helping to plug the shortfall?

General Discussion / Re: Deal agreed
« on: September 30, 2020, 01:19:25 PM »
Mall's figures just highlight to me how it surely must be an even can't be giving one club £114k and another £7k ....

I know football is a game of opinions but so, apparently, are government grants.  I looked at Mall's figures and came up with exact opposite conclusion in that if it really is to be £2m spread across the 67 NL clubs then attendance is the only real proxy for the income lost which is what the grant is meant to be recompense for.  This is not a TV or sponsorship deal where people can claim the value is in the collective not the individual club, this is about clubs missing out on fans and the grant is there to help make up (some) of that shortfall

General Discussion / home vs Yeovil (3rd Oct)
« on: September 29, 2020, 01:39:59 PM »
OK, all the smoke signals are that the season is going to start this coming weekend, so with all the usual COVID caveats what are peoples views on starting 11 and prospects for the season - yes a FOOTBALL thread  :clap:

Personally I still think we are a center half light and without Gash I do fear for us defending set pieces.  I think going forward we will still create chances even in a league above although whether Mazz can continue such a fantastic rate is unlikely at step 1 but still think he will convert his fair share, the rest of the forward line are hardly prolific so we really need King to weigh in to fill Henderson's goals from midfield and hopefully Carey will continue his development with more opportunities (the silver lining from Henderson's departure?). 

I haven't watched any of the pre-season but I would go with:
Burrows, Smith, McAuley, Brown
      Richards, Jarvis, Kelly
          Loza, Southwell

leaving a bench of Jones, Clunan, Power, Carey and Mazz

Pretty sure IC will go with something much different but I just don't think we will have enough in midfield if we play Loza and Power together out wide and I just can't see Southwell being a threat on his own up front at this level.

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 28, 2020, 02:07:20 PM »
Looks like the noises coming out of various NL clubs is that the season will start on Saturday, whether that is with government and/or Premier League support remains unanswered but would imagine we are in a pretty similar position to Wealdstone who have put together a pretty well worded board update here

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 24, 2020, 01:47:31 PM »
...Feel a bit for Tony M. Great piece of Club PR there toward one supporter whose views donít match their own.

Now if he was to invite Tony M onto his Podcast to discuss the various points that would make for interesting listening.

It wonít happen of course.

Mallard, just managed to catch the first bit of SC's pod which is I assume the bit you were referring to.  To be fair to SC I think he has been a little selective when reading my posts but that probably comes from a place, like many business owners in the current climate, of being worried about what is to come over the winter so is understandably a bit defensive. 

We are probably not as polar opposites as some (maybe even SC himself) might think and he is right in pointing out that he has access to all the facts and figures and I am sitting behind my keyboard with far, far less information so it is much easier to gloss over of some of the colder facts of life in running a club.  I do understand his point about government regulations cutting the club's main income stream off at the knees but I am not as convinced as him that it should be solely down to the government to fill that void - there are many industries is similar positions who are having to make hard decisions.  Personally I think the football authorities, the FA and most importantly, the PFA really need to step up and be part of the solution but unfortunately the NL seems to be split so will not be able to apply the collective pressure to these organisations that will make them act.

Lets see what comes out of todays NL meeting, my fear is that it will show the cracks at the top of non-league between those ex-league clubs / those who think they are EFL league 3 and those who think they are playing at step 1 of non-league and may have more sympathy with the plight of NLN and NLS south clubs who have a massive decision to make next weekend when it comes to starting contracts by playing in the FA cup.

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 24, 2020, 08:31:42 AM »
Haven't had chance to listen (yet) but care to give me the highlights Mallard?

General Discussion / Re: The Future of the Club
« on: September 22, 2020, 07:41:19 PM »
If clubs canít survive without crowds in at our level ( the elite few apart)  then sadly the League will need to pull the plug and clubís forced to mothball the Clubs for 12 months...   

Just to pick up on this, what would 'mothballing' actually look like?  SC made the comment that when it was announced the new season wouldn't start on 1st August, that most players had agreed to defer their start date until the season actually started (at the time he said one hadn't agreed).  Obviously players have come and gone since then but we are still probably in a much better position than many NL clubs with 'full-time' contracted squads and I would assume the PFA will pretty quickly get involved if the NL proposed cancelling all contracts for 2020/21

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