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General Discussion / Re: What might have been!?
« on: November 11, 2015, 01:28:13 PM »
Not getting to face Diamonds at home was the real sickener. I think there would have been massive interest generated for that game. Not just being the final hurdle, but the ex Lynn players returning to The Walks and also the fact that Diamonds travel well and would have probably brought a few hundred with them given the magnitude of the fixture. Could've easily had a couple of thousand turn up in all.

First round proper would've been amazing though. Last time we made it the Stortford game was one of the best atmospheres and biggest rollercoaster of a game I've seen watching Lynn.

General Discussion / Re: Dylan Edge
« on: November 11, 2015, 10:50:49 AM »
It's a shame we couldn't get another round or two out of the competition. A great way of getting minutes into the younger lads and certainly the likes of Friend, Edge, Bird, Castellan and Liam Fryatt have really embraced that opportunity.

Maybe a little naivety in not seeing out a game we appeared to be really comfortable in, but it all comes with experience. Histon were still practically at full strength when you compare their XI to those that played against us in the league.

General Discussion / Re: Goalkeeping Howlers
« on: November 09, 2015, 05:36:55 PM »
From what I've seen Edge and Hilliard have wreaked havoc in opposition defences every time they've come on.

General Discussion / Re: Today's Game
« on: November 09, 2015, 10:55:14 AM »
Once again the local youngsters did us proud...What a find Simon Bird has been - his composure on the ball and ability to pick a pass belies his age and lack of experience at this level and I think that he works brilliantly with Liam Hurst, interchanging positions.

What a fantastic story. Playing centre half for Dersingham last season, leapt up several levels and looked like a seasoned step 3 player on Saturday. It certainly shows the talent is out there if we're willing to look for it and give these players an opportunity, and that we should be embracing other local football clubs regardless of their level.

General Discussion / Re: Goalkeeping Howlers
« on: November 09, 2015, 10:47:45 AM »
Does anyone think that we invite that pressure on to Pedro by constantly playing the ball back to him all the time? I don't think we've ever done this as much as we seem to be at the moment. I also can't think of another team this season I've seen play back to their keeper as much as we do. When they do, it's more of a 'last resort'.

Slough's number 9 looked almost embarrassed to put the ball in once he'd got it at his feet with the open goal.

I wasn't at Barwell so didn't see the error there, but the one at Histon was down to us gaining possession from their kick off, then playing the ball all the way back to Pedro rather than trying to move it around the midfield. Players had been slipping over all evening there, so although it came at the worst possible time it wasn't that much of a surprise. Their striker on the night (like a lot of strikers in this league) was clever enough to follow the ball all the way back to our area and force the mistake that rewarded him with a goal.

It would have been an absolute travesty if we didn't win that game on Saturday. I felt our performance warranted the three points especially on the balance of good chances created. Liam Hurst's goal was sheer class, power and bending away from the keeper into the corner. Matty Castellan's first senior goal was bravery. Setch has talked before about players putting their heads in where others wouldn't be willing to put their feet in. On the referee's first half performance he would have probably given their second 'goal' at the end for the assault on Pedro. I assume he read his handbook at half time as his performance did improve somewhat in the second half.

Only Stevo knows what happened in that 'moment' just before our second goal. Thankfully it wasn't costly.

So now sitting in our highest position of the season - eighth - and only four points off the play offs. IF we can cut out the defensive errors, how far can this team go?

General Discussion / Re: Pat Rayment
« on: November 06, 2015, 12:24:23 PM »
Jackson Ramm was a great player to watch. I do like attacking full backs even if their role brings defensive risk.

General Discussion / Re: Pat Rayment
« on: November 05, 2015, 03:35:25 PM »
For what it is worth I think that Ross Watson is still well capable of playing at our level and believe that he is still only 27 or 28...?

I agree regarding Ross. I also viewed him as a leader and somebody that would set an example to some of the younger players in the squad. Fully understood his desire to play every week though. It's a shame as with Jackson Ramm leaving and our current injury situation his opportunity might have been just around the corner.

General Discussion / Re: Trophy draw
« on: November 05, 2015, 03:32:53 PM »
Can see no reason why not with the Under 18's now up and running.   Kings Lynn and district has a good few  chimmney pots in it, so no reason now why anything  should now be allowed to slip through the net.  Lets not forget how many of the now current First team squad did slip through the net and learnt their trade elsewhere.   

Perfect example of this is Jack Friend, a local lad who learned his trade and made a name for himself at Wisbech because we weren't seen to have/offer decent development opportunities for players his age at the time.

Maybe further down the line we will be in a position to start younger youth/development teams? Would be a great opportunity not only to tie local players to the club for years to come, but further strengthens the club's relationship with the local community from a supporters sense as well.

General Discussion / Re: Trophy draw
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:32:11 PM »
Dylan has been excellent in his minutes for the first team. He was of course denied a 'goal' with his very first touch in the first team at Barton - wrongly ruled out in my opinion. He also had two fantastic chances to open his account at Histon. You sense all the fans willing him to get that first goal whenever he is on the pitch - much the same as with Toby Hilliard.

Stevo is still carrying niggles. It's a difficult one because when he's looked fresher such as Histon away, he has literally run the game from midfield. He is capable of dominating the middle of the park and gelling the players around him into a unit. Until we can start getting other experienced heads back, such as Marshall, Miller and Gaughran, we are limited on that front and it's something we still need in the team, regardless of how well the youngsters have been doing. I'd certainly rather have Stevo in this team than the almost passionless performances from David Bell we saw in that role last season.

It's a shame it has taken the club this long to embrace the Reserves setup and the under 18/development route. Hopefully it will lead to even more potential youth development. It's still early days but there are some potential success stories in the making here and hopefully more to come as these teams grow.

General Discussion / Re: Pat Rayment
« on: November 04, 2015, 05:19:12 PM »
Why Would any of our players want to drop down a Level to go to Spalding ?

Some players already have (and subsequently moved on again).

The question "have Lynn offered you a deal, and for how much?" is quite popular in that corner of Lincolnshire.

General Discussion / Re: Pat Rayment
« on: November 04, 2015, 01:13:03 PM »
Stamford's second manager of the season left the club on Monday.

I wouldn't be surprised if Rayment is back at Spalding by the weekend. Wouldn't be the first time he has left after falling out with himself. Just as long as he keeps his mitts off our players.

News of former Linnets / Re: George Thomson
« on: November 02, 2015, 05:18:05 PM »
George would make a huge difference to the team - imagine him in the mix with Stevo and Clunan!

General Discussion / Re: Dylan
« on: October 22, 2015, 12:41:08 PM »
It was great to see how Dylan instantly 'fitted in' with the first team from the minute he stepped across the touchline at Barton. For his age he has a strong physical presence and more than capable of winning the ball. He not only gets himself in good positions but links up the play well, particularly with Stevo who he will doubtlessly learn a lot from.

He was unlucky to have his 'goal' chalked off at Barton, could have had two late on against Histon, but the lad has certainly made a positive impression.

I'd like to point praise towards Jack Friend over the last few games too. His recent performances must surely be putting him in the frame for a start.

General Discussion / Re: Histon tonight
« on: October 21, 2015, 12:35:48 AM »
Proud of the team and effort again tonight. Looked like one of those nights again to begin with but finally players came up with the goods. Open game with chances at both ends and a repeat of Histon's 5-4 scoreline at the weekend could have been a distinct possibility.

Stevenson was immense again tonight and covered every blade of grass. There were also supporters in attendance nominating Fryatt and Bridges for their man of the match.

Plenty of Lynn fans there tonight with lots of noise made. It really had the feel of a traditional away day.

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