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General Discussion / St Ives away this Saturday
« on: January 25, 2019, 06:57:39 PM »
After the very disappointing result against Hitchin midweek, will Lynn be able to bounce back against St Ives? Lynn's opponents, who sit in 12th place, don't score many at home but don't concede many either. Looks like a tight game, especially as this is, in East Anglian terms, a local derby.
What side will Lynn be able to put out tomorrow, I wonder?

General Discussion / Tough at the Top
« on: January 22, 2019, 08:16:45 AM »
As we approach the business end of the season, so many games appear to have something on them.
There are four matches tonight in which victories for Stratford and Biggleswade will see Lynn slip to 5th. Even with a nineteen match unbeaten run, Lynn are still having to fight hard just to keep in the mix. At the top, if Kettering lose to Coalville (they drew 2-2 at Coalville), Lynn will be 13 points behind but with two games in hand.
All in all, the match away at Hitchin on Wednesday is a game that Lynn simply need to win if they are to maintain their position in third and keep the pressure on the top two. Hitchin, who are stuck in a relegation fight, have only won one game in their last 6 but that was last Saturday, at home to Stourbridge!
Matches tonight:
Alvechurch v Stratford
Barwell v St Ives
Biggleswade v St Neots
Kettering v Coalville

General Discussion / Harry Whayman
« on: January 13, 2019, 01:02:27 PM »
Is he still on loan with Stowmarket or was he sold in the end?

General Discussion / Royston Away
« on: January 10, 2019, 01:19:33 PM »
Royston, after some good results in the early part of the season, which saw them in the play-off places, have slipped back in recent weeks and are now in twelfth, 7 points behind Lynn.
A couple of poor results at home in early December, which saw them ship a total of 10 goals (4 against Needham Mkt and 6 against Biggleswade) must have been of huge concern for their manager, Steve Castle. It looks like theyíve sorted it: only 4 goals conceded in their last six league matches!
It sounds an intriguing game: Lynn scoring freely away from home (25 goals in 11 games; a tally only matched by Stourbridge;) Roystonís miserly defence and the return to his former club of Adam Marriott.
Marriott scored 30 or so goals for Royston last season in 30 or so games: a goal per game ratio that he is currently on track to match at Lynn. Royston are bound to mark him tightly. Might be a chance for Ryan Hawkins to get his ďAĒ game back: a bit of unpredictability from midfield could swing it in Lynnís favour, if Marriott is as heavily shackled as anticipated.
I wonder what sort of tactics Royston will employ? It sounds like they might set up defensively, hitting Lynn on the counter. They looked a decent counter-attacking side in their home game against Kettering, so I reckon thatís what theyíll go for. Iím not sure how Lynn will set up. Is Aaron Jones having his op?

General Discussion / Leiston this Saturday
« on: January 03, 2019, 06:36:48 AM »
Thereís never a dull week at The Walks!  With the dust barely settled from Lynnís New Yearís Day annihilation of Needham Market, there is a new signing and then on we go again to the next match this Saturday at home to Leiston.
Based on their season so far and their performance against Lynn, Leiston look a similar team to Needham: they score goals and concede them in equal measure, suggesting that they prefer to take teams on rather than sit back and nick points. They have only failed to score away from home once and have drawn 2-2 in 4 away games this season. Leiston have had some good results, with the 2-1 win at Kettering perhaps their most impressive.  Leistonís attacking philosophy worked in Lynnís favour in the away fixture when the Suffolk team, who were in a play-off position at the time, simply couldnít cope with Lynnís intricate and inventive forward play which, just like Needham, saw them blown away before half-time.
Despite their apparent openness both home and away I would expect Leiston to default to the formation that most select when playing at The Walks: 451 but how will Lynn set up?
With a new CB, some are suggesting that Lynn will play with three at the back. Certainly 352 appears to be a formation well suited to opening up a 451 but, if Lynn do go with three at the back, who will play on the right?
Matty Castellan did a decent job there against Needham after Richards went off and Culverhouse encouraged him to push up high, which he did, but can he develop into a right wing-back? Thereís no evidence that he can so far, but who knows: is that any crazier than say putting Hawkins there? If we could splice Castellan and Hawkins together that would make a new Cameron Norman: Ryan Castellan? Matty Hawkins?
This right side has been a problem for Lynn since Norman departed, particularly at home where Lynn have struggled to break down compact defences. Aaron Jones was, however, looking increasingly accomplished in that position before an injury that now needs an operation to fix. 
Lynn have only won 4 times at home in the league compared to 9 by Stourbridge and 7 by Kettering and is part of the reason that Lynn are still a fair way behind the two current title contenders. Away from home, Lynn are the leagueís highest scorers so far this season but at home have only managed 16 which places them at 11th highest for goals scored.
Lynn are top of the current form league table and a betting man would no doubt predict a home win but if Lynn canít break Leiston down with that critical early goal, Leiston look more than capable of scoring themselves and this could be a tricky old fixture.

General Discussion / Michael Clunan
« on: December 24, 2018, 09:36:38 AM »
Just listened to his interview. He gets a bit of stick at times - me included - but I think he is a good captain for Lynn: he's confident, assertive on the pitch and you can see him directing play and challenging the players around him. The only other candidate for captain would be Jarvis or maybe Street but Clunan does a good job, imho.

General Discussion / Are Lynn getting the best out of Marriott?
« on: December 02, 2018, 06:30:21 AM »
With 3 goals ( in open play) from about 10 games I would say the answer is no: Lynn are not getting the best out of Marriott.
Of the games that I have seen, Marriot's best performance was against Leiston. Lynn kept the ball on the deck throughout that game and played it to Marriott's feet repeatedly. There were no high balls for Gash and he too played very well, combining with Marriott very effectively as a front two. TonyM rightly pointed out that Gash often comes too wide and too deep and this leaves Marriott isolated.
Against Leiston Lynn looked unstoppable. They got more out of Henderson that day as well, playing through him not bypassing him.
Sort it out Lynn!

General Discussion / Redditch away
« on: November 29, 2018, 09:43:01 AM »
Although they are near the foot of the table, their draw at Kettering on Tuesday, decent current form and their 3G pitch suggests that this will be a tough one for Lynn. Hats off to anyone who makes the long trip - too far for me.
I reckon it will be close: Lynn to win 2-1.

General Discussion / Royston v Kettering
« on: November 17, 2018, 07:44:42 PM »
What did I learn?
1. Kettering can play 352 in a manner that reminded me of Lynn when they play that way.
2. Kettering a very well-organised side who keep hold of the ball well.
3. When not playing wide, their strikers: Holman, O'Connor and Hoenes who joins the attack from left mid to make an attacking 3,  play mainly through the channels. Holman drops the deepest to pick up from midfield.
4. Midfield are very mobile and technically very good.
5. Royston are an average side who threatened Kettering sporadically. They did push on in the last 20 and almost got something out of the game.
6. The club house was buzzing at half-time, clearly bolstered by the large contingent of noisy  Kettering fans - but it made me realise how flat the bar is at Lynn.
7. Entrance fee £10.
8. At their best, Lynn a better side than Kettering. Not by much but Lynn are better.

General Discussion / Can Kettering be Caught?
« on: November 04, 2018, 07:37:24 AM »
A few seasons ago Lynn closed an 18 point gap to overhaul Coalville to win the league at Step 4. Kettering are currently 12 points ahead of Lynn and they also have a game in hand.
Can they be caught?

General Discussion / Stratford at home
« on: October 13, 2018, 07:38:10 PM »
A frustrating game. Stratford put 5 in midfield and Lynn struggled to get a real hold on the game. I thought Lynn were a bit predictable and didn't really have a plan B. For me they should have switched to 352 in the second half to match up Stratford in the middle and work the wide areas much more effectively by creating  overloads and more creative combinations.
I thought Henderson had a decent game on his league debut. Really need a win away at Leiston on Tuesday to make up for these lost points.

General Discussion / "Get behind the lads"
« on: August 20, 2018, 08:40:57 AM »
The manager in his post match interview after Tamworth asked for a bit more unity from everyone and asked that everyone: gets "behind the lads."
I also thought he spoke well - he is obviously dead passionate about the club - and he is clearly having a progressively positive impact on the way that the team are playing. I believe in the guy and think he will do a good job at Lynn

General Discussion / 6 Pointer Against Hereford
« on: January 28, 2018, 07:32:25 PM »
So, how do we see this one going and how many will be there?

Hereford are unbeaten away this season and are the title favourites.

The bookies have the same odds for a home win as an away: 53/35, with the draw at 11/4.

Lynn need to beat Hereford on Tuesday to have a chance of stopping them from winning the title.

I fancy Lynn to win; close game: 2-1. Gash and King to score

I reckon there will be 900 there. One guy on a Hereford forum is expecting 1,450 but I will be surprised if we break the 1,000 barrier.

General Discussion / Memory Lane
« on: January 28, 2018, 02:33:34 PM »
Many of you may have seen this before but if you click on the season's highlighted it shows old team pictures of King's Lynn.

General Discussion / 5 Talking Points From Yesterday's Match
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:56:20 AM »
This was always going to be a tough match for Lynn. Five talking points:

1. Is the switch away from the 442 diamond that Lynn used to good effect at the beginning of the season to the now default 352 a positive or a negative move: are Lynn more effective with 352 than 442?

2. If Hawkins and King had been on the pitch from the outset, would Lynn have won yesterday?

3. If Hawkins had played up front instead of Mettam against Kettering would Lynn have won? (a question for those that were at the Kettering match)

4. Assuming Lynn finish top 5, where in the top 5 will they finish?

5. Was Pedro MOM yesterday?

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