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General Discussion / Re: Tonights Games 26/02/19
« on: February 28, 2019, 07:38:05 AM »
I see the lad who nearly broke Clunans foot against Redditch was at it again.

Banbury put a video of the challenge up on twitter, very similar to the one on Clunan. If Wilson had done his job properly and sent him off against us, he would have been suspended against Banbury.
Then to rub salt in the wound, he scored a late equaliser.

General Discussion / Re: Redditch at home
« on: February 17, 2019, 03:43:04 PM »
I’m not actually convinced Redditch were that good defensively. The simple reason being a stronger referee would have clamped down on the number 5 repeatedly manhandling our attacking players off the ball. The 6 should have already been on a yellow for the Ramos style arm lock on Marriott a couple of minutes before the foul on Clunan which warranted a straight red.

For a game which saw even passing play with not much between the sides for the first 20 minutes, Redditch seemed to resort to increasingly dirty tactics to stop us when we did get in the ascendancy.

General Discussion / Re: ‘The FA Explain’
« on: February 15, 2019, 10:05:59 AM »
If I remember correctly, the club was advised of work to be done to the ground to meet criteria upon promotion to Conference North in 2008. This included the size of the changing rooms, installation of additional shower heads, additional turnstiles and upgrading the floodlights. Rather than actually attempting or completing the work, our owners attitude at the time was pointing out that The Walks was a better ground than certain other clubs at that level had (despite the fact that these so called “lesser” grounds met all of the criteria required to play at that level).

Work has been done to the changing rooms and floodlights at The Walks since then, we also had to have additional safety barriers installed to satisfy promotion to step 3 in 2013 which probably highlights how regulations change over time. We do have room to install additional turnstiles if required.

General Discussion / Re: On to Saturday.
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:22:53 AM »
Could be another spicy encounter if their manager is as angry and animated as he was at our place

General Discussion / Re: Play offs this season
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:05:53 AM »
What about:

If your team's facilities are not already compliant to gain promotion then that team does not take part in the Play Off's. Yes, I know that they have a season (?) to reach that standard but if it is deemed that they have no chance of raising their standard then get off the bus.
Maybe there should only be one team promoted from each League of Step 3 thus only 2 relegated from step 2 ( 2 from the Southern 2 from the Northern).

The could adopt what Buster Chapman runs with as head of British Soeedway where the top four teams have 2 semi’s then a grand final to decide the League Champions. 

All quite amazing when you consider there are only 7 teams in the League in which they all rife each other 4 times ( twice home,twice away). Only then to go into a play off system. :dirtbike: :laughcry:

I think one up from Step 3 would be a massive step backwards for Non League football as a whole. Take our league this season, apart from what appear to be very faint hopes of catching Kettering/Stourbridge, there would be little to play for for the rest of us.

It was my understanding that the FA wanted the change to the leagues system to structure it into a 1-2-4-8-16 pyramid, so I still think they need to stand up to the National League and implement the 4-down system. If I remember correctly, in the first year of Conference North and South, there were only 3 promotion places and the two play off winners had to compete for a single place. Shortly afterwards the Conference changed its system and went to 24 teams at Step 1 with 4 relegation places.

General Discussion / Re: Pitch/ bad weather
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:03:43 AM »
I’ve been on both sides of the situation when travelling/arriving at a ground only for the game to be called off, as a home fan arriving at The Walks and an away fan arriving somewhere else. I had sympathy for Alvechurch which was sadly lost when Long started throwing his weight around and swearing/trying to fight people and encouraging his players to do the same.

As a club we got it wrong, our Chairman has admitted that. But that doesn’t give anyone the right to start abusing and disrespecting our club officials and volunteers on the day.

General Discussion / Re: Play offs this season
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:53:29 AM »
Maybe four down (8) from step 2 with 4x2 going up from
Step 3.

National League refused 4 down from Step 2 as they don’t want to relegate 4 teams from a 22 team league.

Step 4 play offs are even more farcical as there are 14 teams competing for 12 places. So 2 teams will actually win a play off final and then not be promoted (all decided by points per game average)

General Discussion / Re: Pitch/ bad weather
« on: February 03, 2019, 08:43:57 AM »
Firstly, I think some degree of credit should go to the groundsman for the effort he put in to try and get the game on. Comparing the pictures from Tuesday night/Wednesday morning to those on Friday afternoon shows he did everything he could to get the surface playable. Not for the first time the shadow of the Main Stand was the defining issue (not his fault).

I too relied on the tweet sent around 9ish which suggested the game was on, and set off accordingly.

After arriving at the ground, the referee inspected the affected area around 1.30, then agreed to give an extra half hour to see if it improved before making a final decision at 2. After this initial discussion at 1.30, Alvechurch decided to go out on to the affected area and begin a training session, while one of their other officials appeared with a fork and began digging it into the pitch along the halfway line. The fact he was having to stand on it with both feet suggested to us how hard the pitch surface actually was!

The referee reappeared at 2pm at which time there had clearly been no improvement, and the decision was a swift no. Alvechurch then decided to continue their training session on the other side of the pitch, shouting at our groundsman and members of our management team to f*** off (clearly heard by us in the stand) when asked to move off. The stewards were then called on to try and move them, resulting in their players running around on the pitch and laughing at our guys trying to get them to leave the pitch. All very childish and a very bizarre few minutes. At least the Radio Norfolk guys had something to commentate on!

The issue was clearly the lack of a preliminary inspection, but two wrongs don’t make a right and the abuse received from Alvechurch fans and officials (towards our management team, stewards, myself and those in the club shop and cafe) was totally uncalled for. Amongst other things there were also allegations made that “Lynn had wanted the game off due to their injuries”. Our players were there and wanted to play but were staying off the pitch until the 2pm inspection was passed. Surely if that was our reason for wanting the game off, we would have just had it called off on the Friday afternoon or early on Saturday morning?

General Discussion / Re: State of play
« on: January 26, 2019, 09:05:51 PM »
I don’t think you can compare Hereford and Slough in different divisions. On the face of it there a lot more “Heavyweight” clubs in the NLN for starters, and traditionally teams promoted from the Southern or Ryman Leagues have struggled in the NLN more than those that go into the NLS.

I’d also consider Slough to have had a relatively easy summer whereas Hereford lost their top scorer (Mills) for a kick off. They also dismissed their management team when they weren’t among the early season pace setters.

General Discussion / Re: updates
« on: January 23, 2019, 10:38:21 PM »
We were second best all over the pitch tonight. We looked lethargic, devoid of ideas at times and resorted to lumping the ball long with little success. Both full backs were given a torrid time all evening and as said above FBT as an outlet and creative force was hugely missed tonight.

General Discussion / Re: Tough at the Top
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:30:33 PM »
Stratford go above us by 1 point after tonight’s draw.

Couple of snow flurries here in Luton this evening - just down the road from Hitchin. A lot of it has already melted but left a lot of standing water.

News of former Linnets / Gavin Hurren
« on: January 22, 2019, 03:53:20 PM »
Appointed manager of Gresley

General Discussion / Re: Tough at the Top
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:28:59 AM »
Just my opinion but I really hope if we can’t overturn the deficit and get up there, that Stourbridge win the league over Kettering. If Stour lose to KTFC, it will give the ominous look of them running away with the league, especially with their games in hand.

I’m also wary of Hitchin, as I’ve seen them a couple of times this season and feel they are in a falsely low position. They seem to create a lot of chances and play good football but struggle to score goals.. Saturday’s result suggests they might be turning the corner (with a couple of players also joining on loan) and we are likely to face a tough test on Wednesday.

General Discussion / Re: Injuries
« on: January 21, 2019, 12:41:29 PM »
Pedro got clattered in a totally unnecessary challenge at the end of the Royston game, one of those where he already had the ball but the attacker went through him anyway. He was limping heavily after that so maybe he is still suffering the effects of that.

General Discussion / Re: Leiston this Saturday
« on: January 03, 2019, 03:14:30 PM »
Pedro's 400th game too aint it? Hopefully the club announce this on the day so he can get the ovation desserved that's quite a feat!

There will be a presentation for him prior to kick off, as well as for Ryan Hawkins who is set to make his 100th appearance on Saturday.

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