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« on: November 26, 2015, 03:42:43 PM »
Did we make too much of including a few first teamers in the fixture on Saturday - being there is no First Team fixture?

Less likely to feature on Tuesday with the First Team playing on Wednesday next week I'd imagine.

General Discussion / Re: Hungerford away 23th NOV
« on: November 25, 2015, 12:33:18 PM »
As far as the forums are concerned; there is a lot more 'vetting' goes on now than previously which in my opinion is a good thing.

General Discussion / Re: Hungerford away 23th NOV
« on: November 24, 2015, 11:10:17 AM »
The second half of last season was so painful to watch. Collective performances were poor, to the point that many fans that were going week in, week out (and perhaps some of the players too) were resigned to losing a game from the minute we conceded a goal. Many voted with their feet. I've never felt like that watching Lynn before, and I've been coming to The Walks long enough to watch struggling Lynn teams and relegation seasons.

The additions of Marshall and Stevenson added some steel to the squad, but it was largely a team already in freefall. What used to hurt the most was how some of the players didn't look too bothered as they walked off at the end of games. Let's be honest, we only stayed up by virtue of beating Witton and Trafford who were both poor teams that finished below us and got relegated.

Without trying to apportion blame for what went wrong last season. For years supporters have been crying out for more young, hungry local players. Setch has listened, and made it happen (I imagine lots of managers out there wouldn't have done or wouldn't have been in a position to). We're not doing bad this season. We're not going to win every game, nor do we have the divine right to. So let's embrace this squad, get behind the lads and give them all the support they need and deserve.

General Discussion / Re: Hungerford away 23th NOV
« on: November 24, 2015, 09:54:57 AM »
Turned off the live feed last night pretty quickly due to the constant negativity.

It was always going to be a tough ask going to a side that had only lost once on home soil during a midweek; us having covered over 1,000 miles travelling with two fixtures in three days.

Following some of the more "respected" views on Twitter, yet again our players never gave up despite going 2-0 down early on, getting back into the game late on and giving ourselves the chance of bringing home a point, which I'm sure we would all have taken prior to the game. Fine margins too having been denied by the woodwork 60 seconds before their second goal.

I'm just at a bit of a loss to understand all of the negativity I read, particularly on the live feed.

Around the end of August I expressed concerns to Setch about where things were heading. We'd won only two games out of our first six and what concerned me most was that we'd only scored two goals in those six games. He was more than happy to speak to me at the time and talk about what he was building at the club. I still totally buy into what he is trying to achieve and firmly believe that if we all stick with it and continue to get behind this squad, it will bear fruit in maybe the next 2-3 years.

The one thing we all need now, is patience. It's been said before that we need to remember how young this squad is. David Bridges and Lee Stevenson are our only two players over the age of 30, then with the exception of Lee Smith and Jacek Zielonka, the rest of the squad is 25 and under. Many of these lads have stepped up from lower levels and on the whole have done very, very well.

Rome wasn't built in a day, but I do believe that this squad has already made good progress since the start of the season.

One other thing for the "critics". Much has been said in previous years about certain players coming to the club (this includes the KLFC days), either ex pros or obvious talent on high wages - and their commitment has been questioned at certain points along the way when we've fallen short. I don't think anybody who has watched the team play this season can look at this group of players and question their commitment. They WANT to play for King's Lynn. They want to win for King's Lynn, and you can see that it hurts them when they don't. Something that in my opinion you don't see often enough from footballers at all levels of the game.

Do people want short term glory like we had in the final 5-6 years of KLFC, or something that is longer term and sustainable towards the future of the club?

That is my rant. Thank you.

General Discussion / Re: If.................
« on: November 22, 2015, 10:44:42 AM »
Fantastic result yesterday. Big thanks to Yvonne for keeping us updated via Twitter. To return with such a result from a monster away trip the weather threatened to pour doubt on is excellent.

Only four away league goals in eight games before yesterday, the worst in the division. Stevo seems to have rediscovered the scoring touch, a first Southern League goal for Dylan Edge, and Jacek providing assists on tap!

Hard to see happening a few games into this season, but a win at Hungerford on Monday night could move us up to 6th position and only 2 points off the play offs. Shows how the team has progressed since August and now gelling nicely.

General Discussion / Re: If.................
« on: November 20, 2015, 05:19:40 PM »
Bideford at the Walks were very poor, to say the least, In fact one of the pporest teams to visit us in a few years.  Yet they stole/robbed/nicked 3 points.  We have improved as a team since then, so 3 points should be ours for the taking...

Bideford have also improved, being unbeaten in seven games to date.

General Discussion / The craziest own goal ever ??
« on: November 20, 2015, 02:15:40 PM »
I know the wind was a little strong in certain areas earlier this week, but this is absolutely insane !!

From the Romford v Thurrock game on Tuesday night.

General Discussion / Re: If.................
« on: November 20, 2015, 02:12:46 PM »
I'd like to think given the distance travelled to play this game in what might be described as "predicted unfavourable weather conditions"; we should be fired up enough to return with no less than three points.

General Discussion / Re: Nov 19th 2009
« on: November 20, 2015, 10:14:58 AM »
...and it was just a few more days before the curtain was brought down on our 'old' KLFC after 130 years of history.

The downward spiral was pretty swift in those final weeks. Something I never want to go through again.

Having friends that support Northampton Town, it's not looking good for them right now. Lots of similarities - just on a larger scale.

General Discussion / Re: Fixture list
« on: November 18, 2015, 01:04:46 PM »
There's a certain element of luck around the fixtures where you're taking into consideration cup competitions and weather/pitch conditions. I imagine it's a headache enough for a league fixture secretary without considering all the 'what-ifs' around various clubs progressing in cup competitions.

Last season we played 6 consecutive home games in 17 days in October. Thanks in part to home draws in the FA Cup. That was part of a run of 17 games where 14 of those were at home from mid September to mid November. Whilst that may be looked upon as good for the club with so many home games, I imagine it was bad for some supporters who watch their football on a tight personal budget. Most people would budget for 2-3 home games per month.

With us playing a Tuesday night game at Stratford on 15th December, I'd had a look at their availability on the 28th November as they didn't have a game either, but they'd been swift to rearrange a home match with Paulton which had been scheduled for a Tuesday night in December.

So with our next planned home game being Frome on the 12th December, is this a great window of opportunity to get out there and really market the next game around the town? No reason why we can't get the gate up to around the 700 mark with a decent marketing push, and maybe advance ticket sales at reserve games?

Also, with the recent discussions around the waves of young talent coming through the club, maybe a good opportunity to get behind the reserves and make a game or two also?

General Discussion / Re: Nantwich
« on: November 17, 2015, 03:23:45 PM »
I absolutely agree with the last few posts...These are very exciting times and I say that as someone who has lived through an era when I was told on more than one occasion that there were no decent local youngsters who could eventually play at our level!!!!

Yes, that's something I've heard many times over the last few years.
I'm glad it's something Setch has addressed with the 'inclusion' of the Reserves and also the under 18s team. I have said this before but Jack Friend is a good example of a local lad that made a name for himself at Wisbech because opportunities were going to be very limited at Lynn with the setup we had. Without those players that have grabbed the opportunity with both hands this season, where would our first team have been now?

General Discussion / Re: Nantwich
« on: November 16, 2015, 05:36:38 PM »
Even in those early first team years Jack played the game with a level of maturity that belied his age. He was very well aware of his strengths and limitations and adopted a style of play that considered all of those.

Around the same time that Jack broke in to the first team, a certain Robbie Harris also stepped up from the reserves. I think he was about 18-19 at the time and turned out to be another young striker that did very well for the club over two spells in his career.

In more recent years of course, Dom Dwyer is a great example of what can be achieved.

General Discussion / Re: Nantwich
« on: November 16, 2015, 03:37:04 PM »
I agree, these are exciting times. Results like Saturday's will happen as part of that learning curve, also I think it's fair to say we went after the game at 2-1 and got picked off. Being a cup game I'd rather be thinking that after the game than not taking a gamble at 2-1 and losing anyway.

Many have said where is the next Jack Defty, all I can say is was Jack as good as Dylan Edge at 17, I don't think so. I can also remember another local 17 year old 'ish flying down the wing for Lynn before he went on to bigger and better things. He is now the manager, anythings possible.

Great comments, these! In terms of style, I'm not sure we will see another Jack Defty. He was playing in defence at a young age and in our reserves, and was a central midfielder when Peter Morris brought him through into the first team. However in terms of youngsters that could 'make the grade'; I see a few now, thanks to the growing setup the club has.

We must continue to be patient as these players develop. Too much expectation may have an adverse effect. It's a project that will take time, but I am fully confident we are moving in the right direction. Above all it is great to see how these lads are enjoying playing football, and that they WANT to play and do well for us.

General Discussion / Re: Nantwich
« on: November 16, 2015, 09:57:39 AM »
Regular striker missing, but (I think) three other players into double figures for goals for the season by the middle of November.

Listened to the coverage on the radio (decent apart from the constant drowning out by the PA system - if I'd heard "I feel good" by James Brown one more time on Saturday I would not be held responsible for my actions).

Yet again the big difference between the two sides was that extra class in the final third.

General Discussion / Re: A missed opportunity
« on: November 11, 2015, 02:22:07 PM »
Are gate receipts split between the clubs for League Cup games?

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