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The B-Ark / Alfreton off again!
« on: March 01, 2022, 01:31:47 PM »

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The B-Ark / Newsham v Middleton
« on: January 23, 2022, 05:40:06 PM »
For reasons with which I won't bore you, I watched Sheffield FC v Cleethorpes yesterday. Cleethorpes won 1-0 with one of the rare moments of class in the game. It was an extremely competitive and full-blooded game, marred only by play-acting which led to one player on each side being sent off. For BUFC fans it was notable to see Marc Newsham being patrolled most of the game by Ben Middleton. They pretty much cancelled each other out on a heavy pitch. Just for good measure Ryan Cresswell is now the manager at Sheffield and Jamie Yates is player/coach (he stayed on the bench yesterday).

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The B-Ark / Elliott gone!
« on: January 04, 2022, 04:36:36 PM »
See club website....

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The B-Ark / Alfreton off
« on: December 26, 2021, 10:43:44 AM »
Alfreton game off - waterlogged pitch!

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The B-Ark / v Darlington
« on: November 24, 2021, 03:01:58 PM »
Whilst I'm very happy about last nights' result, I have a lot of reservations about the performance after 11 minutes of the game had elapsed, during which short period we had looked at the races (and credit to Duxbury for clearly being up for redeeming himself after Saturday).

I imagine there will be the usual clichés about the difficulties of playing against 10 men, but it doesn't help if you play into their hands for 79 minutes. Our build up was desperately ponderous and static, which gave the 10 men all the time in the world to get organised behind the ball (the same tactics, if they can be called that, that were unsuccessful against the 11 men of Stratford). We seemed to have absolutely no ambition to see the game off or to make up some of the deficit in our goal difference after those disastrous away results. I think I heard JMcD shout 'quicker' at one point, but without much conviction and I don't think he did it again, and I don't recall seeing CE call for a more urgent approach. At least Ayina tried to bring the ball forward from defence rather than just pass it sideways, which led to one or two chances in the 2nd half. And why, against 10 men, did we have 3 defenders marking one striker? I assumed this would be changed at half time, but it wasn't.

I wouldn't mind this negative approach so much if we had a squad of cloggers, but we don't. We have a number of fast and skilful players, but they are given little chance to show this. Why get them into the club if you're not going to play to their strengths? I have no confidence that our management team know their best team or organisation.

CE's reaction to our keeper being made man of the match (mocking disbelief, unless I've misread him, for those of you who were not sufficiently near the dug outs) says it all. The keeper made an excellent and crucial save when it was 1-0, and a series of others later in the game. For the keeper to be made, rightly, MOM after we played for 79 minutes against 10 men also says it all. If the management can't see this as an indictment of our performance, then we have a problem. Perhaps CE will say something different in interviews.

Am I being too critical? Periods of tedious football won't stop me from driving 50 miles each way to come to games, but I am worried that others less committed may not be encouraged to come as often as they might. I don't go in for calling for managers' heads, but I just wish we'd play with more confidence in our own attaching qualities - as we showed we can do in the first 10  minutes last night. I haven't seen us dominate another team this season for more than about 20 minutes at a time.

Rant over......

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The B-Ark / V Telford
« on: October 13, 2021, 06:27:04 AM »
Well, we managed it but the scoreline flattered us. If someone had left after the first 20-25 minutes and seen the final score they probably wouldn't have been surprised, as we played some good stuff. But once we gave them the goal things changed. I thought they played the better football for a lot of the second half and found their players well. Too often we were careless in good positions. But we stuck at it. Garner and Shiels were outstanding. A good attendance, too, for midweek with England on the box.

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The B-Ark / Lockdown thoughts (and some sentimentality....)
« on: November 05, 2020, 08:09:17 AM »
I spent Tuesday and most of yesterday in Boston keeping an eye on my parents, as my 92-year-old father had a hernia op (he may be known to some posters - Ken Whittle, Head of Maths at BGS for many years). On the way home I stopped to have another look of the new stadium. Whilst it is already clear that we have a team to be proud of this season, it is increasingly clear that we have a stadium that will be the envy of more or less all teams at our current level, and a good few in higher leagues. The main stand looks magnificent, and now that the area around has been cleared and the car park laid it seems even better. And to think that this was a club that 15 years or so ago had been brought to its knees by people we don't need to mention. We all know the extraordinary debt we owe to David Newton and his people, and the ground personifies this. I appreciate that I was in the fortunate position to be able to buy a season ticket recently to try and do my bit to support them after what they have done for us. It will be a proud moment for all of us when we are eventually allowed to watch a game there.

So that should be something to hold on to for the moment. I retreated to Rutland last night for the next x weeks a proud Bostonian and a very proud supporter of BUFC for the past 55 years!

Keep well everybody. UTP!

PS Sorry for the sentimentality - it must be an age thing.........

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The B-Ark / Guiseley
« on: October 27, 2020, 09:45:14 PM »
Well, that was a real sickener. I thought we played the best I've seen so far, but failed to take the chances. On the plus side, I casted via my PC upstairs to the TV downstairs (rather than via my phone) and it worked very well.

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The B-Ark / Next signing.....
« on: August 25, 2020, 12:24:24 AM »
Glad to see we've signed a right back with plenty of experience. https://www.bostonunited.co.uk/news/tootle-pens-united-contract-2561267.html

Does anyone know what's happening with Dominic Knowles? He doesn't appear on the squad page, and I don't recall seeing anything about him.

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The B-Ark / Ashley Jackson
« on: August 10, 2020, 11:01:57 AM »
I see in the NLP he's gone to Scarborough. With Whittle going as well, there's an opportunity for a left back......

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The B-Ark / Gateshead
« on: July 19, 2020, 06:13:10 PM »
Gateshead it is then....

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The B-Ark / Fund-raising
« on: June 15, 2020, 10:30:56 PM »
It may be tonight's wine talking, but what about these ideas (I apologise if they've been mentioned elsewhere):

1] When my other team (Derby) relaid the infamous Baseball ground pitch, they offered mementos of the old pitch, as in the photo I hope I've attached (haven't tried this before). I'd certainly buy a sample of the York Street pitch.

2] I have a framed photo of the old Baseball ground (a rather unatmospheric aerial view, unfortunately). I'd love an atmospheric photo of York Street.

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3] Like the rest of you, I've no idea what's going to happen next season (or even this, at the time of writing). I feel the Chestnuts deserve as much support as people are able to give, and I will buy a season ticket for next year even if I don't see a ball kicked in the flesh.

It probably is the wine, but that's how I feel!

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The B-Ark / New Ground
« on: May 29, 2020, 08:45:43 AM »
I made my first visit to Boston yesterday since lockdown to see my very elderly parents (in the garden, distancing observed, of course) and drove past the new ground. What those of us out of the area who rely on the helpful webcam can't see is how much progress has been made with the entrance side of the main stand. It really is beginning to look very impressive and gives me great confidence. Well done to everyone. UTP!

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The B-Ark / Fans Forum
« on: December 15, 2019, 11:51:43 AM »
Has anybody got a report on it? I wasn't able to get there and would be interested to hear what went on. Thanks.

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