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Post by tovid Sat Jul 24, 2021 5:43 pm

Interesting game v Gloucester. Their players obviously think they are something special and to be fair we had to dig in for quite long periods without seeing the ball. But dig in we did and it is quite clear we have a potent forward line this season.

Defensively we don't look too solid. Jack Batten is not fully fit and obviously Gerring is missed. I am not convinced by Fuller, I can't see him keeping Clarkey out of the team. We missed Omar too.

There was a huge cheer when Joe Raynes made his appearance on the pitch. It is like having a new star signing.
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Post by tigerroar Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:57 pm

Our players are something special. Didn't you see the equaliser by Jordan Young?

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Post by tigerroar Sat Jul 24, 2021 6:59 pm

kermit wrote:Hopefully not in Conference North

It is an infintely better and more interesting league. Hated those two seasons we had in the South!

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Post by tovid Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:08 pm

tigerroar wrote:Our players are something special. Didn't you see the equaliser by Jordan Young?
I did. I thought my grannie could have saved it.
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Post by tigerroar Sat Jul 24, 2021 7:35 pm

Better get her in then.

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Post by Luton Roman Sun Jul 25, 2021 8:42 am

tigerroar wrote:Our players are something special. Didn't you see the equaliser by Jordan Young?

Another one heading to Chesterfield then?

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Post by tigerroar Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:21 pm

I wouldn't have thought so, he wasn't a Rowe signing or controlled by his dad. New regime.

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Post by comrade powell Sun Jul 25, 2021 12:36 pm

tigerroar wrote:
kermit wrote:Hopefully not in Conference North

It is an infintely better and more interesting league. Hated those two seasons we had in the South!

I know that you dislike the south east bias of NLS but apart from that what makes NLN better and more interesting?
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Post by Manchester Romans Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:05 pm

I totally agree with tigerroar on this - not because of the quality of football, which is as variable as in the south, but because the majority of NLN clubs represent actual towns and cities, rather than suburbs of London. The grounds and histories of the clubs are more interesting and the geographical dispersal much greater. I just hope we can escape the NLS soon (upwards rather than downwards, of course!)

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Post by comrade powell Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:14 pm

Manchester Romans wrote:because the majority of NLN clubs represent actual towns and cities, rather than suburbs of London.

There's only 3!
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Post by tigerroar Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:24 pm

comrade powell wrote:
tigerroar wrote:
kermit wrote:Hopefully not in Conference North

It is an infintely better and more interesting league. Hated those two seasons we had in the South!

I know that you dislike the south east bias of NLS but apart from that what makes NLN better and more interesting?

It's not really a dislike although the bias doesn't help. If anything is there to dislike it's the old Isthmian cosyness that sent us to Kent and Essex while those teams could go to away games on the tube!

I was going to games at Evesham, which really didn't help, but we were facing teams and I was really struggling to think who they were, then it would come to me, Welling, it's Welling! And then you'd realise that it was just a postcode in south east London.

But when we beat Farnborough in the playoffs, we beat Farnborough. I love saying that we beat Farnborough. I don't not like them but they're nothingness. Farnborough, we beat you. We were horrified that we were going into the north yet it turned out to be a great adventure. We played in front of almost 6000 at Stockport. Our first home game of the season is against York City. We get to go further than Newcastle and stop off at the Angel of the North. Why else would anyone go to Gainsborough?

Prior to the time that we beat Farnborough I think I could count on one hand the number of times we played northern teams; Bishop Auckland, Witton Albion, Southport, Runcorn all in the FA Trophy and the one season that Leek Town were in our league. Sorry I couldn't find a sixth which would've provided great ammunition for the scallywags Wink

It's just better. A breath of fresh air. You'd love it. But then you'd have to go around that Avon Ring Road which I find rather tedious.

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Post by tigerroar Sun Jul 25, 2021 1:28 pm

BTW, good to see that John Freegard was there yesterday, sadly I didn't get the chance to say hello.

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Post by comrade powell Sun Jul 25, 2021 2:32 pm

Friggy watches most of our home matches.

Thanks for your reply. I know what you mean about the cosy Isthmian set up but now that several of those clubs have become regular rivals in recent years I think there’s more connection.

Of course it’s down to personal taste, but we spent two seasons traipsing around the north when in the NL and by the end I was glad to ┬áreturn to the easier journeys. These days I use the train which for most of our trips is a breeze. Looking at some clubs on your fixture list that wouldn’t be possible in a day so it’s that slog up the M5, M6 etc.

Some of the places in our league are rather drab but then there’s Oxford, St Albans, Eastbourne and Dorking which make it a good away day. Which are the best for you?
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Post by tigerroar Sun Jul 25, 2021 5:23 pm

I work five Saturday's out of six now so hardly make it away but can't say I really have a favourite. Maybe Telford. I'm looking forward to the teams in the next league up next season Wink

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Post by tovid Sun Jul 25, 2021 5:26 pm

Further to my earlier comment on Will Fuller I think he must have suffered an injury during the game. He started Ok but must have strained something, as Jerry confirmed in his interview. He did well to carry on at all.
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Post by Luton Roman Sun Jul 25, 2021 7:37 pm

tovid wrote:Further to my earlier comment on Will Fuller I think he must have suffered an injury during the game. He started Ok but must have strained something, as Jerry confirmed in his interview. He did well to carry on at all.

Ah...did he strain something v. Exeter as well?? 🤔

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Post by tovid Sun Jul 25, 2021 9:31 pm

I think he put his back out
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Post by comrade powell Sat Sep 04, 2021 6:17 pm

tigerroar wrote:
kermit wrote:Hopefully not in Conference North

It is an infintely better and more interesting league. Hated those two seasons we had in the South!

You certainly had an interesting game today! affraid
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Post by Colin Voutt Sat Sep 04, 2021 9:22 pm

A bet "Tiger" loved it.

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Post by PHILB1973# Sun Sep 05, 2021 8:27 pm

I thought that I was reading the rugby result.
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