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General Discussion / Re: and so to the next round of games.
« on: March 31, 2018, 12:56:17 PM »
Kettering vs Weymouth is off tomorrow, Kettering going to be fresh for us but there run in is going to be awful now.

With there swamp of a pitch, and not many weeks to play a lot if games, they might have to end up switching grounds to get the games in.

Plus, if I were a cynical man, if Lynnís game does get cancelled on Monday, Iíd have to be rescheduled for a week where Kettering are already playing Tuesday and Saturday. Thursday night under the lights, with Kettering playing their 3rd game in a week? Would be a competitive advantage to Lynn.

General Discussion / Re: Weymouth
« on: March 25, 2018, 09:49:54 PM »
I still think there will be twists and turns before the seasons up, defeating Kettering would of course put us in the driving seat for second spot, but there will be lower ranked teams fighting for points against higher ranked sides, therefore I can not see the top 5 avoiding defeat in all matches. Let's just hope it is the LINNETS who amass more points than others.

I wonder if this year's unique situation of only 1 team going down, and Gosport doing a good job of rooting themselves to the bottom, might lead to a lot less fight amongst the lower ranked teams this year.

General Discussion / Re: Car Park Charges
« on: March 23, 2018, 09:06:45 PM »
I do hope it is kept free to park, often use it in the summer to walk through the park to the library with my kids.

But with council budgets the way they are, could see this being a profit sharing venture between the club and the council. A real shame.

General Discussion / Re: Farnborough home
« on: March 17, 2018, 07:25:33 PM »
And it was absolutely freezing.Not surprised one bit.

Attendances were down accross the leagues. Weymouth, who are having a season almost as successful as ours, and have an average attendance similar to ours, only had 481. Merthyr average 480 and had just shy of 320. Freezing winds unsurprisingly means about 2/5thís of people stayed at home.

General Discussion / Re: Non League Projections 2018/19
« on: March 16, 2018, 07:39:12 PM »
The A17 derby would get a big crowd in, then itíd be like being back in the NPL, Chorley, FCUM, Blyth, Curxon Ashton et al.

General Discussion / Re: Tonight's game v Slough
« on: March 15, 2018, 06:41:41 PM »
I wonder how much economics has to do with the crowd. One hears anecdotally that people have less and less disposable income these days. If theyíve got less cash total, people will be less likely to devote any of it going to games.

Iím not sure any level of marketing is likely to change that, so successes are likely more limited than in previous years. For all the things that people can say against Mr. Cleeve, I donít think he can be blamed for austerity.

General Discussion / Re: Car Park Charges
« on: March 06, 2018, 09:29:54 PM »
Looks like the club have a new revenue stream, the car park is to be resurfaced and charges introduced

When is this piece of news coming from? There's nothing on any website that I can find.

It's March, not April 1st yet.

Was mentioned in the Dunstable (3rd Feb) programme notes. Hadnít read them to the end until today

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General Discussion / Re: Car Park Charges
« on: March 05, 2018, 10:39:56 PM »
I was under the impression that the bit of land at the front wasnít actually part of the stadium. Things you learn.

Also, I wonder if under the terms of the lease they had to get the councils permission to make such material changes?

General Discussion / Re: Leon Mettam
« on: February 13, 2018, 07:15:32 AM »
Heís been average at this level. Hasnít been the marquee signing he was announced as, so given his reportedly high salary, Iíd be quite fine with him going at the end of the year. At the same time, if he was kept on, I wouldnít be outraged.

I do wonder if he might actually perform better at a higher level. When heís been successful, itís always been as a second striker, and with a better caliber of team mate he might shine. Or he might just be past it.

Plus, with our current front 3 of Gash, Hawkins and Parker/King, I donít think heíd grt in the first team any more. Theyíre all asked to play too deep and take the ball forward for Mettamís game. Expensive bench warmer for now.

General Discussion / Re: Match report v Dunstable
« on: February 03, 2018, 09:29:57 PM »
Attendances arenít where weíd hope, but they are about 40% up on last year, which would normally be considered a pretty successful annual increase.

Factors that are keeping people away have been rehashed a lot, but rather than look at ticket cost alone, matchday cost has gone up significantly. A seated ticket, two cups of coffee and burger doesnít give you much change of £20. Under Buster was closer to £16.

40% increase inspite of roughly 20/25% increase in matchday costs. Iíd say the football is doing a good job of bringing people in all things considered.

General Discussion / Re: Lynn back to top.
« on: February 02, 2018, 12:55:40 AM »
I thought the flare was good fun - why don't people like it?

Why donít people like someone bringing a flare to a football ground?

Reasons against:

Regulations/laws prohibit it.
Can lead to fines and possible points deductions.
Holds up the game.
Can cause inhalation injury to people around if itís not thrown into a ventilated/open space quickly.
It smacks of someone trying to draw attention to themselves, rather than the team.
Distracts stewards from doing their actual of safely monitoring the crowd, possibly endangering others.

Reasons for setting off a smoke bomb/flare:
Some blue smoke.

Tricky to work out really.

General Discussion / Re: 6 Pointer Against Hereford
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:58:14 PM »
Crowd of about 1050. A weekend game might have been pushing 1500, but itís a long way for Hereford fans on a Tuesday night.

3-3 barnstormer.

General Discussion / Re: No change at the top!
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:55:58 PM »
King looks to have that little bit of guile that helps with his decision making, as the opposition never seemed quite sure what he was going to do, which gives him more time. Passing was deft, though there were a few instances of miscommunication, but to be expected in only his second game. One good goal, one goal that was less difficult, but being in the right place at the right time is a skill all of its own.

All in all, a very good player, might be vying with Norman for best in the squad. From reading up on him, it seems the only reasons heís dropped down the pyramid is because he used to have problems with chronic migraines. If thatís all sorted, I can see him playing at a higher level next year, even if Lynn arenít.

General Discussion / Re: No change at the top!
« on: January 28, 2018, 03:14:16 PM »
...The only negative was the sight of Tom Ward in a sling to protect his dislocated shoulder. Dion Frary acquitted himself well alongside Fryatt in the centre of defence.

From this Stan did we revert to a flat back 4, moving Lappin into midfield or stick with the back 3 and if so did Frary play in the middle?  Was anything said about the lack of subs?

They played the 442 diamond with Lappin on the left; Clunan on the right; Jarvis at the foot and King the most forward. It worked really well. Nothing said about lack of subs: Lynn had 3 of them - Parker, Hilliard and Siddons.

Have to disagree Stan, to me it looked more like a 3-4-2-1. Wing-backs and two deep midfielders, with Hawkins and King playing as number 10ís/trequartistaís , Gash up top.

General Discussion / Re: Title Triple Starts with Terras!
« on: January 20, 2018, 12:54:03 PM »
Gash up top with Parker and King as advanced midfielders.

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