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General Discussion / Re: York on Saturday.
« on: January 22, 2020, 05:19:04 PM »
Doom and gloom..

I think with the appointment of Mark is a massive thing for the club and only positive can come from it.  Letís be positive about the future, and back the club every way possible!

The appointment of Mark is a positive, hopefully bringing in additional commercial income (steps in the right direction on that front with match sponsors being announced well in advance rather than Twitter requests posted in the week of the game) and should also free SC up to concentrate on other areas of the club but we equally shouldn't underestimate how far the club has come on the pitch in the past two seasons and what is required off it to consolidate that success.

General Discussion / Re: York on Saturday.
« on: January 22, 2020, 04:50:49 PM »
To be fair? Iíd hate to know what youíre like when youíre unfair. I donít think comments like that are fair on volunteers who do their best. And the programme raises hundreds of pounds for the club. I donít remember there being an influx of applicants for the job two years ago. We make far more money on our programme than other clubs because ours is produced in-house by volunteers.

Oberon, so are we to judge the programme on how much it raises and only compare it to others produced 'in-house' or rather compare it to other clubs in our present league and those in the league above who we may well be competing against on the pitch next season?   

This isn't meant to knock the people who currently produce the programme or any of the volunteers but there are numerous areas off the field where we are behind other step 2 (let alone step 1) clubs which is why I still worry about what promotion would mean for the club as a whole.  Everything sort of works while IC keeps over-achieving with the resources available and days like Saturday are great but is the infrastructure there to support a National league side if we were to start struggling on the pitch and gates fell to below what we are getting this season?

General Discussion / Re: York on Saturday.
« on: January 22, 2020, 01:28:48 PM »
Wow. Bet whoever does the programme feels all the work is worth it with comments like that.

To be fair, I would imagine Mallard's comment is a fairly widely held view.  Compare our programme with what Ebbsfleet described as a 'cut down' version and you can see where the bar needs to be set.

General Discussion / Re: Southwell signs!
« on: January 22, 2020, 01:26:40 PM »
Halifax fans seem to think Southwell got a rough deal playing under their previous Manager who used him as a lone striker.

Also on their forum it seems a certain Cameron King is out of contract there in the summer.... guess where they suggested he might be heading.   They rate him as highly at The Shay the same as we did.

Just read the thread on the Halifax forum, doesn't seem to have won over too many of their fans and lots of 'rumours' re wages that I sincerely hope are nothing like he will be getting at Lynn (unless it's all performance related bonuses).  Not convinced we should be throwing 2+ year contracts around for anyone other than IC but maybe that is all part and parcel of where the club is going?  Hopefully SC's 'big January announcement' will give some more information about how the club is moving forward off the field because, with the greatest respect to SC & MH, we seem to be falling further and further behind what is happening on the pitch.

General Discussion / Re: Southwell signs!
« on: January 22, 2020, 08:30:52 AM »
Good to see we have finally found cover for the front two, been a gap there all season but it is obviously a difficult area to find someone of the right standard and accepting that the way Gash & Marriott have played this season opportunities might be limited.  Now down to IC to find the right balance in terms of rotation and also to find a style that will suit the new lad - can't remember him at all from either of the two games over Christmas but then Boston do have a bit of form in not always getting the best out of their strikers!

General Discussion / Re: The Pitch
« on: January 19, 2020, 07:44:35 PM »
Bucket collection raised £714.16 at yesterdayís game, believe they were after £2,000 in total, with Cleeve funding the other half?

No, at his Q&A evening SC said he thought the cost of a sheet to cover the area in front of the stand would be about £4K and if the fans raised £2K he would match it, given how little has been raised from our two biggest home gates of the season, I think don't think Steve can expect his sheet to arrive this season and if we do lose a Saturday or two the fans can't moan - we had our chance to show our support and blew it.  I am sorry if that upsets people but Lynn fans all seem to want to enjoy the ride until it comes down to making a contribution to the cost.  Yes, Lynn have expensive admission, expensive VIP costs (Boston was considerably cheaper) and a lack of commercial partners but if SC needs to fund any shortfall himself what else can the man to do?

General Discussion / Re: King's Lynn v York City - Sat 18 Jan 2020
« on: January 19, 2020, 10:50:26 AM »
Few more thoughts on yesterdays game, in no particular order.

For those who question how important formations are, I hope you were watching the game.  IC came up with a masterstroke with what he described in his post-match interview as a 'lopsided five' - basically 3 centre halves and one wing back (Jones) and then Power as a traditional winger who gave their no2 all sorts of problems (I imagine he will still be having nightmares in the summer).  Thought the 3 took time to settle but were also against some good, big lads from York who were no mugs but in the end did a great job.  Jarv and Richards did a good job but one of the players of the game for me was Payne when he came on - great to see him finally getting a game sitting in front of the defence where his ability to read the game was highlighted and hope he gets an extended run there - not only can he deliver a great pass but he sees forward balls quicker than anyone else in the squad.  I couldn't see how Henderson and Power could be squeezed into an 11 but both played their part and thought Hendo had a good game - again playing that bit further up the pitch where he does his best work.  Already spoken about Gash but what a game, just hope he has 17 more games in him because he isn't getting any younger and he really does give his all.  Proves we are more than just Mazza but after a quiet game he still had the deciding touch, albeit from less than a yard!

From the commentary it sounded like Power going to be hell of an asset, what did those who were there think ?

Pace to burn and admitted on Radio Norfolk that he is short of match practice so more to come, constant thorn in York's side but not man of the match for me.  Had to go to Gash by a country mile - always had men round him but still managed to win his fair share and what a work rate - who was it clearing the ball from a dangerous break from our corner - not the new lad but someone who is, being polite, at the other end of his career but could see just how much it meant to him today.  Great team performance and fully worth the three points today

General Discussion / Re: New loan signing
« on: January 17, 2020, 01:12:45 PM »
Tony, do you think a player with pace to burn might be one hellva an impact player from the bench ?   Not saying that is the case.

Also with Kelly experiencing injury problems of late the new lad Power could come in as a support to Hendo, plus a back up to Marriott..

Just throwing some ideas out there.

I suppose the concern would be what Norwich's expectations are - having put him on a three year deal they have brought him back from Ross County where he didn't get minutes so you would think they are sending him to the Walks in the expectation that he will get more senior opportunities, possibly not just as an impact player off the bench?  Perhaps the experience of Payne will have opened a few eyes along the A47 as to what the standard is at National North, does anyone know if anyone from Colney ever gets along to the Walks to check on Alfie's progress?

General Discussion / Re: York Line-Up
« on: January 17, 2020, 01:04:31 PM »
Similar proviso about fitness / availability.  Obviously the pitch / conditions will come into play but we have to set up to move the ball and move it quickly and unfortunately I think Jarvis is struggling on that front, also think Carey is much better when coming on as sub rather than starting and thought Smith did enough last weekend to nudge out Ward but happy to perm any two from three to play in front of Burrows, so...

Smith, Barrows, McAuley
Jones, Richards, Payne, Fox
Gash, Marriott

Ward, Jarvis, Carey, Kelly, Power

IC will, no doubt, have a plan in place for how he wants to set up but one thing we can be sure of is that he isn't afraid to change things (in formation if not personnel) if he thinks it needs it and he (rightly) keeps going on about the 'intelligence' in the squad making them adaptable

General Discussion / Re: New loan signing
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:47:37 AM »
Talking to a colleague this morning who knows NCFC inside out, this lad is highly thought of at Norwich as a star of the future. he is one of the quickest at the club and talented on the ball , so could be seen to play more upfront just behind Gash & Marriott

Graham, that is my point, that is arguably the best position of Henderson, Carey and Hawkins (and possibly Kelly too).  Certainly in the current lineup it would be a huge compromise to move Henderson from that role and I think he is a shadow when he is asked to play that bit deeper as 'part of the midfield'.  Does your colleague think the new lad could play as an out and out striker as cover / replacement for Adam?  Obviously the pace is less at National North but as Alfie has shown standing up to the physical demands can be just as tough, also the new lad has hardly played a first team game this season so will need a bit of time to get 'match sharp'.

General Discussion / Re: New loan signing
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:15:20 AM »
Good to see an extra 'body' added to the squad and another link to our county cousins which is also a big plus but not sure we are short of 'attacking midfielders' and the fear is that he will be splitting game time with Henderson, Carey, Kelly and Hawkins (whose place in the squad when the other three are available must be in doubt).  Can only think that IC and the Norwich set up are hoping he can play in a more advanced role as we do look woefully short of forwards - basically Gash and Marriott and nothing else close to being able to play at step 2.

General Discussion / Re: Culverhouse signs new 2 year deal.
« on: January 16, 2020, 05:13:33 PM »
Fantastic news, irrespective of the outcome of Saturday or even the end of season this is great news for the mid term future for the club, both for the first team squad, who you would assume all enjoy playing IC's brand of football and also for the Academy and what that will mean for those players coming through.

General Discussion / Re: Trophy game at Ebbsfleet
« on: January 11, 2020, 10:47:53 PM »
Attendance: 680, with atleast 150 from Lynn, could have been more!

Poor game between two poor (on the day) sides.  Hardly a clear cut chance all game, not because the defences were on top but the fact that neither side showed enough invention to create one, goal came from a slip / mistake by Smith.  Can't really comment on what Ebbsfleet would have been like with 11 the whole game and couldn't see the red card incident well enough to comment, ref was card happy before and after so read into that what you will, but their one real threat looked to be their no 26 out wide on the left who showed Jones up a few times with his pace.

Need to raise our game a good few levels before next Saturday, with the main question being how IC sets the side up, the big adjustment required from today is to find a way to move the ball quicker and with more purpose

General Discussion / Re: Trophy game at Ebbsfleet
« on: January 10, 2020, 01:48:32 PM »
So will we be able to give Gash a needed rest, with his leg issue, or not ? Be interesting to see the line up for a number of reasons...

I don't think we should take the turmoil at Ebbsfleet, 2nd bottom and coming off a 7-0 thrashing last week, too much to heart.  They are still (for now) a division above us and have brought in a new keeper (having lost their regular keeper to Australia u23 duty for January) who is eligible in the trophy and another two outfield players (only one of whom is eligible) but have also lost two loanees who have returned to their parent clubs this week, in addition to their captain being suspended for Saturday.  On the one hand you could say if we can get at them early their heads might drop but equally new faces 'looking to impress' and the inevitable 'response' to last week's performance might end up making this a much harder task than it looks on paper.

Ebbsfleet preview -

Personally wouldn't like to see anyone 'rested', even with how all of the lads within the squad have performed when given the opportunity I would still like to see IC select as strong a side as he can.  K80 - is Kelly now fit and available?  Has anyone heard how Ryan got on with his scan this week?  He has been warming up with the team for a number of weeks now so assume if he was given the all clear could be an option for the bench this weekend?

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