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General Discussion / Re: Disappointment for the Linnets.
« on: April 01, 2024, 06:21:59 PM »
Seriously disappointing today…but who would have predicted our recent form?  Let’s just chalk it up and move on to ensure we stay up. Then next season is guaranteed and another story.

General Discussion / Re: Ponticelli
« on: February 03, 2024, 05:13:45 PM »
Ah. Thanks Tony.

General Discussion / Ponticelli
« on: February 03, 2024, 02:18:00 PM »
What's happened to him?  Injured?

General Discussion / Re: Managers interview
« on: January 24, 2024, 07:58:27 PM »
Well said TonyM. What we don’t know is the real financial situatiion and what AL has to play with. It may be his hands are tied and he has few options other than to look for players available on loan. I fear the worst this season but I would guess we have what we have until the end…if we get out of jail I will be delighted and look forward to next season.

I’m far from happy as a long-standing supporter but how many of us would sink money into the Club as Mr Cleeve has done?  We just have have to cut the manager some slack and trust he can turn things around. Changing again would serve no purpose.

General Discussion / Curzon - Home
« on: January 23, 2024, 08:36:49 PM »
I knew and said we’d struggle this year but didn’t really think we’d go down. After 35 minutes tonight I’d say it was now a certainty that we’ll be relegated. Sad…

General Discussion / Re: Barrett goes
« on: January 23, 2024, 11:09:36 AM »
I agree completely Linnet. I know some feel otherwise but I think we'll be better off without him in the long run. He could have been a real asset but there were serious question marks ongoing over fitness, motivation etc.  Maybe he's his own worst enemy?

General Discussion / Re: Stourbridge.
« on: November 18, 2023, 05:53:35 PM »
Sorry we lost but not a big deal as the Trophy isn’t important unless you’re in a Division above. League issues are far more crucial. It sounded as though we played OK but a bigger effort on Tuesday would be better as points are far more important. Again, a point would be an amazing result on Tuesday.

General Discussion / Re: Linnets on form.
« on: November 14, 2023, 10:20:28 PM »
Brilliant performance and brilliant win. Congratulations to the manager and all the players. One match doesn’t make a season so let’s stay grounded. We won’t suddenly shoot up the NLN and beat all teams we come across but let’s enjoy the moment and hope for better things in the coming months.

General Discussion / Rushall Olympic
« on: November 06, 2023, 09:31:51 AM »
Another away trip…another point would be good. Let’s not get carried away but just be realistic. We need injured folk back and need to scrap for everything until then and maybe even after.

General Discussion / Re: Peterborough Sports away
« on: November 03, 2023, 09:15:21 AM »
Agreed, something from the game would be good - like a point. If we got three that would be amazing. We can’t expect too much in reality as we’re two basement clubs so let’s travel, as they say, “More in hope than expectation”.

General Discussion / Re: Blyth Spartans
« on: October 28, 2023, 06:15:01 PM »
1-1 against a team in the top half, regardless of their recent form, isn’t bad. We have to be realistic and accept that we’re in a relegation battle. The manager needs time to sort out what he’s inherited. We can’t just suddenly expect the same players to start winning games when they couldn’t earlier in the season. Everyone needs to have patience. We’re going to struggle this season and must simply focus on staying up. That means figthing for every point no matter who we play. Nothing is going to be easy.

General Discussion / Re: New Manager announced.
« on: September 29, 2023, 04:12:44 PM »
Credit to Mr Cleeve. He’s moved positively on the back of a poor start and now made what appears to be an excellent appointment which, thank goodness, has nothing to do with past managerial situations at the Club. Here’s looking forward to better things. We must not expect too much though. Staying in the NLN would be enough for me this season given our current position and players.

General Discussion / Re: Hughes gone.
« on: September 25, 2023, 06:24:39 PM »
I don’t want to be negative but why do folk continually hark back to Setch, Marriott etc. etc.  Somehow, we need to move forward and put the past behind us. Not easy, but let’s all give it a go.

General Discussion / Re: gloucester game
« on: August 19, 2023, 05:39:04 PM »
I have to say that before the season started I was saying we’d struggle at the wrong end of the table and, sadly, this looks like the case. If we can stay up then, unless something radical changes, that’s the best we can hope for whilst looking to build for 2024-2025.

General Discussion / Re: Fletcher Toll rumour
« on: July 19, 2023, 10:57:26 AM »
Hello folks...  I was trying to be realistic rather than optimistic but will be very happy to stand corrected. It was not my intention to be pessimistic. Looking at last season (possibly not a good indicator, who knows?) a bunch of teams seemed to progress well in the second half of the year - the likes of Buxton and Kidderminster etc. whereas we started to struggle somewhat. So while I appreciate we have a really good nucleus it's imperative we have a squad where others can come in as needed and be of the same standard. That's my concern. Anyway...time will tell and I'd be delighted if we do have the players to see us in the top half plus...

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