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General Discussion / Re: Altrincham FC v King's Lynn Town FC - Saturday
« on: December 04, 2020, 01:41:43 PM »
Think we have to try and stick with a back 5 if we can find enough bodies, if only to give Fleming a bit more cover on his first full start.  Preview on the club website has McAuley as 'a doubt' and McFadden as 'likely to miss out' although slightly more positive noises on Jones who 'maybe included in the squad'.  Although Altringham will be confident, I still have faith that IC can find a system that can prove successful at this level with the players we have with perhaps the odd tweak or two to the squad.  My team, not ideal but trying not to put too many round pegs in square holes although we are so short on defensive / midfield cover.

Richards, Barrows, Smith, Fleming, Brown
                 Clunan, Jarvis
              Mitchell, Marriott

Subs Jones, Kelly (if fit, does anyone know?), King, Loza, Southwell

General Discussion / Friends of the Linnets
« on: December 04, 2020, 10:56:20 AM »
Appreciate that this is a B&G Trust forum so if admins don't think this is appropriate then please delete but would be interested in people's thoughts on the Friends of the Linnets.

I am a member of both the Trust and FotL and have been asking for the FotL accounts for the past couple of months with no success, I have had an email from a committee member today to say that the accounts are not available as they haven't yet been audited due to COVID and when I queried whether the AGM would be moved to Zoom (other platforms are available) I was told this hasn't been discussed.

Now I know 'supporter involvement' is my hobby horse but how can the FotL expect to hang on to existing members let along attract new members when they are failing so miserably in including their membership in what they are doing?  I do my best to drop in their various fund raising schemes when appropriate to the threads on this forum and am often disappointed with the take up of many of them from the fan base but there are times when they really don't help themselves.

This isn't a 'slating' but a post born of frustration that given where we are on the field, off the field needs to start catching up and part of that has to be encouraging and enabling fans to be part of the process.

General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: December 01, 2020, 08:24:29 AM »
A bit of a reality check needed though, we are 14th in the conference with one of the lowest budgets in our first season. I think IC and the coaching staff have got it more than right.  :banghead;

Fully accept that mid table is a good position and would be more than happy if IC and the squad can maintain that for the rest of the season but not sure that we are 'one of the lowest budgets' in this league - yes there are a few big spenders but plenty in or around where we supposedly are and I would imagine some are a good bit lower.

General Discussion / Re: home vs Bromley (1st December)
« on: November 30, 2020, 05:35:19 PM »
I would include Carey in the starting line up

As would I most weeks, just thought he looked shattered on Saturday and would rather we used the squad than ran one of our most important players into the ground by 'overplaying' him.

General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: November 30, 2020, 05:33:28 PM »
Who would you get rid of TonyM?

Not a case of 'getting rid of' aany individual more a case of being practical - if the budget is a finite pot and we can only have 16 in the matchday squad which, if we are going to be playing a 'back 5', means there will be limited opportunities for the forwards to make the 16.  Being realistic the 16 will be something like this:

Keeper (no sub) - Mair
Defenders - 5 + 1 sub - Jones, Barrows, McFadden, Smith, McAuley, Brown, Fleming (7)
Midfield - 3 + 2 subs - Clunan, Richards, Jarvis, Kelly, Carey, King (6)
Forwards - 2 + 2 subs - Marriott, Gash, Mitchell, Southwell, Loza, Power (6)

Even allowing for injuries, rotation, suspensions the squad still looks a bit 'forward heavy' and 'defender light' to me - maybe Fleming is that player but I don't see him putting pressure on any of the other defenders for their place.

General Discussion / home vs Bromley (1st December)
« on: November 30, 2020, 01:49:24 PM »
So back to league action after the distraction of the Portsmouth game.  IC has to remind the lads they haven't conceded a league goal in the past two games and they won't be coming up against a side like Portsmouth again this season.  Unfortunately looking at a couple of the lads nearer the end of the game I think Saturday may have taken too much out of them for them to start Tuesday so IC may need to ring the changes, although nothing he can do with the centre halves or wing backs with Jones still 'a week away' last weekend.  Mitchell comes back into contention and with Gash now back in the frame the makeup of the squad, let alone the starting XI will be interesting.  I would go with

Barrows, McFadden, Smith, McAuley, Brown
              Richards, Jarvis, Kelly
                    Marriott, Mitchell

subs, Fleming, Clunan, King, Southwell, Loza

General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: November 30, 2020, 01:37:40 PM »
I think a problem we have at the moment is that we are capable of conceding 5 goals no matter what team we play against.  :dontknow:

and with very little scope to change personnel from within the current squad.  Hopefully with time we can build on the last couple of league clean sheets (albeit a fortunate one against a very poor Dover side) and maybe rebalance the squad (one forward out, one defender in?)

General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: November 29, 2020, 08:32:51 AM »
Well not the result or the performance many hoped for but maybe what some expected. 

Spot on. 

Positives to take away from the cup run - cash (always welcome but particularly in these times although considerably less than would have been the case for a similar run in previous years), great result at Port Vale that IC can point back to, chance for some of the younger players to see the levels required (lets be honest, Portsmouth looked like they still had a few more gears if necessary).  Negatives - crowds unable to be involved, could argue that existing problems within the squad were laid bare but we won't be coming up against that standard every week so should maybe temper any criticism.

General Discussion / Re: Proof if ever needed........
« on: November 27, 2020, 06:37:42 PM »
1400 in the ground will generate a certain amount of up sell.  Food, Drink, Progs, 50/50.  Plus match day sponsorship packages etc.  Then the Streaming income on top.  Three home games a month should bring in 120k plus.  So thatís a 50% uplift on the current 84k monthly Gov bailout.

Need to be careful just throwing 'ball park' figures around.  From reading posts from other clubs / leagues there seems to be a view that there won't be any food/drink sold at the ground as it wouldn't count as 'takeaway' and you have to ignore any streaming income as the club is already currently banking that and with some fans back in that will actually reduce.  I think you would be doing well to gross £120K per month which is only £100K after VAT against the £84K grant (non-VATable) so in all fairness to SC, whilst he has always advocated getting fans back, in truth, the club may well be almost as well off if the whole season were to be played BCD.  As with lots of situations and COVID there isn't a 'good' outcome, just a case of finding a 'less bad' one.

General Discussion / Re: Proof if ever needed........
« on: November 27, 2020, 05:19:49 PM »
You never know  a 1 - 0  win  for us with a breakaway goal

3rd Round tie at Home to   Liverpool   with us in Tier 1 and 4000 in the ground

wonder  how they would  cope on our pitch  and crowd

Living the dream

Certainly would be dreaming - even at tier 1 I think we would do well to be allowed much over 2000 and I don't think the club has yet confirmed what the current capacity in tier 2 is (it isn't just a straight 50% of capacity, that is the maximum and other specifics about the ground then need to be taken into account)

News of former Linnets / Alfie Payne
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:12:31 PM »
Alfie Payne has moved to Lowestoft during the lockdown

Never thought we quite got the best out of him, maybe he didn't have the physical stature required to replace Jarvis but certainly had the footballing nous to fill that role (outstanding in the York home game when he came off the bench and just made us tick all day).  Wish him all the best and think if they play him deeper than we did can see him opening up defences for Hawkins and others to get a hatfull.

General Discussion / Re: Proof if ever needed........
« on: November 27, 2020, 02:06:27 PM »
Fair point B&G, whilst I should be looking (for the umpteenth time) at the best route down there and alternatives if there is heavy traffic part way down, I really can't work up the enthusiasm for the game that it deserves.  This isn't having a pop at the achievement of the squad to get to the 2nd round but I can't help feeling 'detached'.  Being part of the crowd at the Walks is having the (shared) deluded belief that you are part of what happens on the pitch and not being there absolutely makes this whole season that little bit less than it should be for me.

What I hope most of all is that once things get back to 'proper normal' and not the limited experience that we will see in the coming weeks is that we haven't lost another group of fans in the way the club did when it went belly up ten years ago.

As you say, good luck to IC and the lads

General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: November 25, 2020, 05:49:33 PM »
Why would you want to leave MacAuly out and Lupano has gone back to Hull

I would have left McAuley out as part of rotating the back three and Lupano is probably a little bit quicker, sorry I hadn't seen the club's press release to say he had gone back to Hull which again unbalances the squad and leaves us short of cover at the back.  Just read the Dover report and Lupano's exit was a footnote to the report (I don't generally read reports on games I watch)

General Discussion / Re: FA CUP
« on: November 25, 2020, 05:15:09 PM »
Difficult balancing act for IC again - does he play his strongest side or does he make use of the squad in light of the midweek game against Bromley?  I would continue with the back five and bring Lupano in for McAuley if Hull will allow him to play in the cup.  In front of that I wouldn't risk Richards even if he is fit again so Clunan and Jarvis to shore up the midfield and then perm any three from the rest which seems like it might include Gash, although again whether this is the game to bring him back in is open to debate.  Think we have to set up to be solid and then break when we can so I would go with:

Barrows, McFadden, Smith, Lupano, Brown
                Clunan, Jarvis
Loza                                    Power

subs McAuley, Kelly, King, Marriott, Gash with a view to getting King and Marriott on the pitch if it does look like going to penalties (which I accept is wishful thinking)

General Discussion / Re: Dover at home Saturday
« on: November 23, 2020, 02:00:23 PM »
To be fair, other refs may have had a different view on Sonny's 'challenge', I think the ref got it right in terms of their being other defenders back so not the last man and not dangerous but still a silly thing to do in the middle of the park.  Not sure there was much argument about their red, Mitchell got the wrong side and was brought down, once the ref had given the penalty he had no option but to give the guy his marching orders.

As for Lynn, I guess the main positives were another clean sheet and another three points which keeps the momentum going.  Slightly disappointed we stayed so negative against what will probably end up being the basement side in the league and they still managed to open us up a number of times in the second half.  Carey and Kelly on very short leashes meant the full backs were our only real outlet and not sure Loza coming so deep, so often, is what we need at home when the opposition is just looking to get bodies behind the ball.  Fair enough for IC to stick with the three centre-halves for the time being and away from home that formation (if not personnel) may be our best bet but against the lesser sides at home I would like to see us impose ourselves a bit more.

One final point on the post on the live feed about the streaming - from what I have seen the quality of Lynn's is better than a number at this level (and further comments from SC post match about further improvements) but would agree with the comments about the commentary.

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