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Post by BenE Mon Apr 01, 2024 9:29 am

Bit of a surprise. It could be heavy going for our thoroughbreds.
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Post by comrade powell Mon Apr 01, 2024 7:41 pm

Not a great spectacle but we were never going to get a decent match on that pitch. Cody’s early goal virtually killed off Taunton who look a very good bet for the drop. Pretty clueless in the final third. Excellent finish from Bates at the end put a gloss on a decent performance. Special mention for Jack Batten who excelled in those conditions.
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Post by Peter Newman Mon Apr 01, 2024 10:27 pm

Strange that our last 3 games were all played to schedule but not one took place on a Saturday! Also unusual was that after the match you could have gone to watch Somerset playing a pre-season friendly.

Difficult conditions today but at least we provided two moments of quality finishing for our 2 goals.

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Post by comrade powell Wed Apr 03, 2024 11:16 am

No surprise that Taunton's pitch has failed the inspection for tonight's game...

https://tauntontown.com/featured-news/venue-change-for-maidstone-game-2/?fbclid=IwAR2L1Cz_9t-DIdWPko604s1j30SDWi1z7vEevoos1H2ilQRucu7Nir9ypxk_aem_AZy-OS_O4R2bd13p7irI2ADmNLPG7hZVif9QhmJgUU-GXMI4kGgcJutlqMWWpgFqkQuFzusC6VeCnv-Q9RJw8L2-

I feel sorry for Taunton but that's rather an odd tone - the only alternative date for both clubs would be Thursday and if that was called off they would presumably have to extend the season with lots of ramifications. For once, the correct decision by the NL!
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Post by BenE Wed Apr 03, 2024 11:43 am

They made rhe decision not to inspect the pitch on Monday. Makes you wonder whether if they had it would have been played. All credit to the players for grinding through the conditions. Must have been energy sapping.
Taunton haven't played much so this will be a real test of their fitness.
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Post by Roy D Hacksaw Wed Apr 03, 2024 12:03 pm

comrade powell wrote:For once, the correct decision by the NL!

It could be worse. The Bristol-based Step 10 leagues have got a massive fixture backlog, so they're insisting that any particularly badly effected sides play their games on the nearest plastic pitch - and if those sides haven't played each other home and away yet, the leagues are demanding that both games are played back-to-back on the same day… albeit with 30 minute halves! There's some tired legs by the end of the fourth consecutive half of football, I can tell you!

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Post by yuffie Wed Apr 03, 2024 1:56 pm

They're playing Maidstone this evening at Meadow Park.

Gloucester are going to the wealthiest club in the Southern League next season.

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Post by BenE Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:02 pm

In 1985 Coventry played 3 games after the season had finished, won them all including a 4-1 thrashing of champions Everton on 26th May to pip Norwich by one point to avoid relegation. Those were the days.
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Post by Micawber Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:12 pm

Gloucester are certainly reaping the benefits of having a 3G pitch. I wonder if next season more evening games will be scheduled for early season rather than in January and February.

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Post by Luton Roman Wed Apr 03, 2024 2:51 pm

BenE wrote:In 1985 Coventry played 3 games after the season had finished, won them all including a 4-1 thrashing of champions Everton on 26th May to pip Norwich by one point to avoid relegation. Those were the days.

Remember dodgy Fisher had a load of games to play towards end of season in 80s v indifferent teams and survived

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Post by kermit Wed Apr 03, 2024 3:17 pm

Not sure whether this has been mentioned before, but Cinderford Town are now playing there home games at Gloucester due to problems with their waterlogged pitch.
I think it's just the 4 teams there so far.
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Post by Luton Roman Wed Apr 03, 2024 3:36 pm

kermit wrote:Not sure whether this has been mentioned before, but Cinderford Town are now playing there home games at Gloucester due to problems with their waterlogged pitch.
I think it's just the 4 teams there so far.

That will leave WSM with the AM or 10.30pm slot !

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Post by Paul1978 Wed Apr 03, 2024 10:36 pm

I played 5 games in 7 days in Bath and District one season. Legs felt so strong but slept for about 24 hours after that. Absolute rigmarole.
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Post by yuffie Thu Apr 04, 2024 10:46 am

Micawber wrote:Gloucester are certainly reaping the benefits of having a 3G pitch.

Sounds like we ought to look in to a 3G pitch ...

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