Hands Off The Shay

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  1. Eastleigh match thread

    Only 1:56 minutes of highlights on national league website probably reflects how poor the game must have been, Very rarely are highlights under 2:00 minutes! Looked to be a case of Sam making a couple of good saves and woeful finishing from them. Still a decent point but I expect much of the same for the rest of the season. Hanging on in there and just hope we can cling on and go again next season with a team of National standard players and not the North standard players we have been mostly stuck with this season.  

    Why do the BOD come up with a job specification and then almost completely ignore it when making an appointment? It suggests to me that there was a very limited number of applications which came even remotely close to what they were looking for.
  3. From the highlights vs Eastleigh.....

    Has anyone been able to find another game at Conference level or above where both goalkeepers were sent off? Surely it must have happened sometime before. Interesting that the first goal was not given as an own goal to Johnson. Adam Cheshire gave Johnson 4/10 in the NLP which must be one of the lowest marks he has ever given. However he gave Hibbs 9/10. Makes Heath look a total idiot for freezing him out for so long. Very poor man management. I wouldn't say Hibbs is a world beater but when you have a small squad you cannot afford to simply rule a player out altogether.  
  4. How long big Sam ?.

    The header tipped over the bar was top class, the ball was past him and a certain goal, Probably the best save I have seen at the Shay in recent times,
  5. Carlisle match

    A surprisingly promising performance. The final ball in to the penalty area wasn't good enough hence a lack of clear cut chances. We have players now who can play football as an alternative to the hoofball of last season. Johnson solid making a few good blocking saves. Looks hard to beat. I can see us being caught out at the back by teams with pacy forwards but looks solid. Oliver looks good on the ball and most of our best play went through him. Kosylo needs to improve his decision making when passing the ball but exciting with it at his feet. In general the midfield looked better than I expected with a variety of players with different attributes to choose from. Tomlinson held the ball well and laid it off well but is he going to get in to enough goal scoring positions? Morgan needs to be looking to get in to the central area of the penalty box where most goals are scored from as soon as we are on the attack. Although yet to have had the opportunity to consistently show it I think he is our only real hope of an out and out goalscorer unless Charles is pushed forward from his wider position. So for me my main concern at the moment is creating goal scoring opportunities and who is going to be there when they come around. I don't expect us to be in a relegation battle but maybe I am being overly optimistic!  
  6. Carlisle & Rochdale friendly prices

    I seem to remember Bosomworth saying the better teams wanted too much money to come and play a friendly in the past. Presumably the high prices are to pay them to come so count me out! Sums up the state of football today.
  7. 20 years ago....

    He might be gone by Christmas!
  8. Signings for next season

    You would imagine some of the present squad won't want to do the extra travelling in the National league. Drench left Guiseley for that reason. Anymore know anymore likely to leave for this reason? It must be very difficult combining a job or studying with part-time National league football which must limit the number of players available for us to recruit.
  9. I fear next season.

    More or less agree with that, The defence will be playing against more mobile strikers with good movement off the ball so I would like to see a pacier central defender. A Lois Maynard type midfielder and someone who can read the play better and be first to the loose ball which we have been poor at. Definitely need more pace and off the ball movement up front.
  10. Heath In or Out, Jan 2017

    For me it's simply a case of better the devil you know. I can't argue with his cv, the only negative is not having any experience at National level. I don't like the style of football which has a very low entertainment value.  This season I have witnessed some of the worst football I have seen at the Shay and that is saying something! Totally uninspiring. I suppose it all comes down to results but if the football on show is as dismal again next season then it won't attract many floating supporters. The play off semi final and final were tense to watch but of very low quality which you can excuse because of the importance of the games. Many other games during the season were simply abysmal to watch. £18 is a lot of money to pay if the quality of play on display is as poor again.
  11. Business Rate Hike

    The rateable value of the Shay Stadium at 31/12/16 was £40,000 so total rates payable of about £20,000 maybe split 50/50? Don't know if the valution has changed since then.
  12. Investment.

    We could do with a Vardy sell on to fund a training facility. Name it after him??!! I wouldn't be keen on going full time based on a windfall.
  13. Business Rate Hike

    You can normally view business rates valuations on the VOA website but it is down with technical difficulties. I don't think it has anything to do with profitability.
  14. More tickets?

    Cue Rick Holden et al not being happy when they wake up tomorrow morning! Brilliant how these things always seem to take on a life of their own.
  15. Ticketing Farce

    By having a contingency plan but with all the what ifs easier said than done. Just think the number of tickets should have been one not two.