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Thought JBW had a good game, and did well against their winger. You could tell their crowd were expecting a lot from their winger. It’s not  six months since that Duckworth was getting dogs abuse, his crime was that he had replaced Hanson. Why do you need someone to single out all the time, JBW is settling in to the task, leave him to get on with it.

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9 minutes ago, Riders of Rohan said:

Thought JBW had a good game, and did well against their winger. You could tell their crowd were expecting a lot from their winger. It’s not  six months since that Duckworth was getting dogs abuse, his crime was that he had replaced Hanson. Why do you need someone to single out all the time, JBW is settling in to the task, leave him to get on with it.

He´s coming good.

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1 hour ago, Papa Lazarou said:

Don't get this stuck JBW is getting. The lad is pretty solid, yes occasionally the right winger may get the better of him, it happens, it happened to Macca and Josh Wilde also. 

Some people always need a target.  He is an imposing defender and an interesting proposition up front.  Nothing wrong with his ability or commitment.

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16 minutes ago, Riders of Rohan said:

Thought JBW had a good game, and did well against their winger. You could tell their crowd were expecting a lot from their winger. It’s not  six months since that Duckworth was getting dogs abuse, his crime was that he had replaced Hanson. Why do you need someone to single out all the time, JBW is settling in to the task, leave him to get on with it.

The Chesterfield fans didn't rate JBW. One poster on their forum went on to say that he looked a stone lighter than last season. 

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Had a quick look at the Chesterfield messageboard to see reaction to our performance.   Interesting that there isn't much at all, mainly annoyance at how bad they were.  In their utter Sheridan focused despair they missed the point.  There isn't a team in the league who could have coped with our onslaught in that first 45, it wasn't about how crap they were, it was about how slick we were.  There were defensive moments that separated us too, with two goal line clearances in the first half, they demonstrated how much more our players are prepared to give than your average team.

The boys at Chesterfield should perhaps notice that at the weekend Solihull were seconds away from a 3-0 that could have turned into a 5-0, with a 2-1 defeat flattering them, and compared to Chesterfield they have a much more talented set of players (although I think with much less heart).  The destruction of Fylde was a similar message to teams, yes we can rip you apart because we aren't working through a single attacking dimension.  Of course there are local experts who might worry where our goals are coming from this season because everybody is scoring and we don't have a 20 goal a season man....the records suggest that the goals for column is not such a worry for us right now. However, for our opponents, its a major problem.

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31 minutes ago, Riders of Rohan said:

Thought JBW had a good game, and did well against their winger. You could tell their crowd were expecting a lot from their winger. It’s not  six months since that Duckworth was getting dogs abuse, his crime was that he had replaced Hanson. Why do you need someone to single out all the time, JBW is settling in to the task, leave him to get on with it.

I was unsure of him after the first few games, but since the aldershot game he seems to have stepped up a level. Well done JBW, long may it continue

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19 minutes ago, francisfirth said:

Had a quick look at the Chesterfield messageboard to see reaction to our performance.   Interesting that there isn't much at all, mainly annoyance at how bad they were.  In their utter Sheridan focused despair they missed the point.  There isn't a team in the league who could have coped with our onslaught in that first 45, it wasn't about how crap they were, it was about how slick we were.  There were defensive moments that separated us too, with two goal line clearances in the first half, they demonstrated how much more our players are prepared to give than your average team.

The boys at Chesterfield should perhaps notice that at the weekend Solihull were seconds away from a 3-0 that could have turned into a 5-0, with a 2-1 defeat flattering them, and compared to Chesterfield they have a much more talented set of players (although I think with much less heart).  The destruction of Fylde was a similar message to teams, yes we can rip you apart because we aren't working through a single attacking dimension.  Of course there are local experts who might worry where our goals are coming from this season because everybody is scoring and we don't have a 20 goal a season man....the records suggest that the goals for column is not such a worry for us right now. However, for our opponents, its a major problem.

Was it a Luton away type performance when Town took a 3-0 lead? It certainly sounded like it.

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40 minutes ago, Riders of Rohan said:

Thought JBW had a good game, and did well against their winger. You could tell their crowd were expecting a lot from their winger. It’s not  six months since that Duckworth was getting dogs abuse, his crime was that he had replaced Hanson. Why do you need someone to single out all the time, JBW is settling in to the task, leave him to get on with it.

He was behind in pre season match fitness and game time. It was always going to take him a little longer to get up to speed.

I liked the look of him last season and he's not bit like a natural left back and he brings something else to the table.

Give him time and some good coaching and I really do think there's a player there.

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18 minutes ago, Che Bentos said:

The Chesterfield fans didn't rate JBW. One poster on their forum went on to say that he looked a stone lighter than last season. 

Maybe his problem at Chesterfield was weight related more than football related. He is an unusual build for a fullback so is never going to be the quickest on the turn but he is a hell of a road block to get round or over, better footballer than Norman Bodell or Ivan Hampton, both quite fearsome tacklers though:o

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2 minutes ago, francisfirth said:

That one was all about Dan Gardner, this was all about the team. Plus it had a better outcome than Luton over the 90!

Things do sound really promising. I've not watched the footage from last night yet but I'm starting to feel more and more optimistic as the weeks go by. Let's hope we can stay clear of anymore injuries and get Browny and Maher back. Although they'll have to earn their place just like anyone else.

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13 minutes ago, hunsworthhound said:

It wasn't a 30 lead at luton best score we had was 3 1 they either equalised at 1 0 or pulled one back at 2 0 it was never 3 0. We hit the post at 3 3 and it bounced out they then hit the post and it went in fine margins 

That's right. It was a game that reminds me of last night because of how much Town dominated the half.

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49 minutes ago, Roy Race said:

Maybe his problem at Chesterfield was weight related more than football related. He is an unusual build for a fullback so is never going to be the quickest on the turn but he is a hell of a road block to get round or over, better footballer than Norman Bodell or Ivan Hampton, both quite fearsome tacklers though:o

They certainly know about over weight footballers at Chesterfield...Anthony Gerrard!!!!! 

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14 hours ago, francisfirth said:

Had a quick look at the Chesterfield messageboard to see reaction to our performance.   Interesting that there isn't much at all, mainly annoyance at how bad they were.  In their utter Sheridan focused despair they missed the point.  There isn't a team in the league who could have coped with our onslaught in that first 45, it wasn't about how crap they were, it was about how slick we were.  There were defensive moments that separated us too, with two goal line clearances in the first half, they demonstrated how much more our players are prepared to give than your average team.

The boys at Chesterfield should perhaps notice that at the weekend Solihull were seconds away from a 3-0 that could have turned into a 5-0, with a 2-1 defeat flattering them, and compared to Chesterfield they have a much more talented set of players (although I think with much less heart).  The destruction of Fylde was a similar message to teams, yes we can rip you apart because we aren't working through a single attacking dimension.  Of course there are local experts who might worry where our goals are coming from this season because everybody is scoring and we don't have a 20 goal a season man....the records suggest that the goals for column is not such a worry for us right now. However, for our opponents, its a major problem.

It's now interesting to make comparisons with the 98 side. Then similar to this season we had loads of options with the difference then that we had Horsfield who was uncontainable hence his 30 odd goal haul. We won't have that luxury this season, but whilst we had Paterson and Brown pushing on through the middle and a pair of wingbacks who were up and down their flanks.  Then as now it was the options we posed to opponents and it's efficient execution in all 3 departments that led to our success.

Can we go through this season and repeat that glorious year?

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1 minute ago, Shayite 432 said:

It's now interesting to make comparisons with the 98 side. Then similar to this season we had loads of options with the difference then that we had Horsfield who was uncontainable hence his 30 odd goal haul. We won't have that luxury this season, but whilst we had Paterson and Brown pushing on through the middle and a pair of wingbacks who were up and down their flanks.  Then as now it was the options we posed to opponents and it's efficient execution in all 3 departments that led to our success.

Can we go through this season and repeat that glorious year?

Clubs tied up a lot of players trying to contain Horsfield, leaving room for Bradshaw, Hulme, Hanson, Paterson, Thackeray and all the rest to work their magic. This time around, I'm not sure it's possible to contain a team that is already scoring goals from all over the field. Can we repeat 97/98, I sincerely think so, always have. Will we? I don't know, there are so many variables it's simply not possible to be certain.

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13 minutes ago, Hoddie said:

Clubs tied up a lot of players trying to contain Horsfield, leaving room for Bradshaw, Hulme, Hanson, Paterson, Thackeray and all the rest to work their magic. This time around, I'm not sure it's possible to contain a team that is already scoring goals from all over the field. Can we repeat 97/98, I sincerely think so, always have. Will we? I don't know, there are so many variables it's simply not possible to be certain.

It's harder to do it now than it was back them.

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1 minute ago, Erik Everhard said:

It's harder to do it now than it was back them.

Argh. No it's not. FFS Erik how many times need we have this discussion? It's all relative. Not to mention that back then you had to hit top spot and now you need only get into the top seven.

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16 minutes ago, Hoddie said:

Argh. No it's not. FFS Erik how many times need we have this discussion? It's all relative. Not to mention that back then you had to hit top spot and now you need only get into the top seven.

What I mean is this team. 

As you mention above, we don't have a future Premier League striker.

Yes, we now have a play off place to contend for but we also have the likes of Fylde who could go out and splash the cash, as can a few other teams too.

Back in 97/98 we had one real money bags team in Rushden. We also had Cheltenham who were a good side.

We now have several clubs that could potentially spend big to try and win the league.

IF Town were to win the league this season it could potentially go down as a better achievement than before, given pre season, our budget and our opposition.

 

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6 minutes ago, Erik Everhard said:

What I mean is this team. 

As you mention above, we don't have a future Premier League striker.

Yes, we now have a play off place to contend for but we also have the likes of Fylde who could go out and splash the cash, as can a few other teams too.

Back in 97/98 we had one real money bags team in Rushden. We also had Cheltenham who were a good side.

We now have several clubs that could potentially spend big to try and win the league.

IF Town were to win the league this season it could potentially go down as a better achievement than before, given pre season, our budget and our opposition.

 

Those clubs may have the cash but the players have to be available, and be willing to step down to the Conference. The type of character tempted by this may not necessarily improve the dressing room even if, on paper, they should improve the team.

I don't think the club will surpass 97/98 until and unless they get to tier 3 again. At the time it was that big a deal. This BoD doesn't have a crumbling stadium, skeletons, bad debts, shareholders sniping from the wings, bad juju in Calderdale, low support. They don't face having to build two new stands just because the manager has delivered an unexpectedly good start to the season. The boardroom doesn't look like the inside of a badly maintained portacabin. The entertaining facilities don't look like the inside of a badly maintained social club on a cheap coastal caravan site. The club in 1997 performed a miracle.

People forget that the Conference in 1997 included Woking, Kidderminster, Stevenage, Southport, Hereford, Gateshead and Morecambe, all strong, competitive clubs with reasonable crowds. Most remember Rushden and Cheltenham because they were our rivals for the title, but it has to be remembered that 17 of the sides in that league had finished above Town the previous year, one had been relegated from the League and was expected to mount a strong challenge, and three had been promoted into the Conference and had the potential to do well. As I said, it's all relative.

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