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The B-Ark / Re: Banbury
« on: August 18, 2022, 08:30:17 PM »
This is not necessarily a criticism of Leesley BTW.

The B-Ark / Re: Banbury
« on: August 18, 2022, 08:27:58 PM »
I was certainly surprised to see him thrown in for Southport, but then that was somewhat overshadowed by what Cox had done with Leesley!

Exactly my sentiments, Pete. My mildish surprise at seeing Mills starting was indeed surpassed by seeing Leesley in the XI. And then when he lined up at centre back - words failed me.

The B-Ark / Re: Prediction League - Boston United vs Chorley
« on: August 18, 2022, 03:30:17 PM »
BUFC 2 Chorley 1 (1509)

The B-Ark / Re: Banbury
« on: August 18, 2022, 03:26:33 PM »
Odd, then, that he played in the first two games...

The B-Ark / Re: Banbury
« on: August 17, 2022, 03:07:25 PM »
[Oh & find a midfielder who is hungry for the ball, can put their foot on it, look around & make that incisive pass... someone like Shane Byrne!  ::) UTP!]

What I saw of pre-season Mbeka had most of these qualities in midfield. Then he plays as a centre back in the disaster v Southport and doesn't start the next two. I felt the same with Elliott: signs decent players and then doesn't give them the chance to play to their strengths.

The B-Ark / Re: Prediction League - Banbury United vs Boston United
« on: August 16, 2022, 03:37:23 PM »
Banbury 2 BUFC 0 (1011)

The B-Ark / Re: Funny ok game
« on: August 13, 2022, 07:24:55 PM »
I suppose we could be Manchester United supporters......

The B-Ark / Re: Where are they now?
« on: August 13, 2022, 09:59:41 AM »
Kern Miller back at Stamford.

The B-Ark / Re: Prediction League - Gloucester City vs Boston United
« on: August 13, 2022, 05:28:52 AM »
Gloucester 1 BUFC 1 (1011)

The B-Ark / Re: Nightmare
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:25:12 PM »
Have now listened to PC but wasn't convinced by his reasons for the team selection. . He says the usual thing about hindsight, but it wasn't that with me when they lined up at 3pm yesterday!

The B-Ark / Re: Nightmare
« on: August 07, 2022, 02:11:27 PM »
I've also slept on it, but that hasn't made any difference. I know we're usually told that we supporters don't understand the game, but yesterday takes the biscuit. When I saw the team I couldn't understand why Leesley (nothing against him) was starting, given that as far as I'm aware he has barely kicked a ball since his bad injury. And I thought it was also a mistake to leave out Crawford (given what I'd seen of pre season) and possibly Gordon. Then when I saw Leesley lining up in a back three, a position I'm not aware him playing before) I was even more bemused, particularly when we had a centre half (Hereford's player of the season last year?) on the bench. I don't know if PC addresses this in his interview, but I'd like to hear his justification for these bizarre decisions.

And another observation: although it didn't affect the result, like last season I was appalled by Southport's dreadful play-acting and time-wasting. Every time they were tackled they went down as if they'd been poleaxed, with a yell that could probably be heard at the Stump. I've no idea if the manager encourages this, but I can't respect any manager who does. I hope I'd say the same if if it was our manager.

The B-Ark / Re: Where are they now?
« on: August 05, 2022, 09:17:14 PM »
Luke Spokes has signed for Bath City.

The B-Ark / Re: Prediction League - Boston United vs Southport
« on: August 05, 2022, 08:13:01 PM »
BUFC 2 Southport 1 (1741)

The B-Ark / Re: Where are they now?
« on: July 28, 2022, 07:38:16 PM »
Colby Bishop has joined Portsmouth. Tom Clarke has been at Macclesfield for a season or so (this may have been noted - I can't remember!).

« on: July 08, 2022, 08:29:03 AM »
He was quite badly injured, remember - we might be holding off until the recovery pathway is more clear? I believe he was keen to return.

The same thought had been occurring to me. I'm also very keen that he returns!

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