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The B-Ark / Re: Farsley
« on: January 26, 2022, 11:18:38 AM »
Delighted with the win and 3 points. Delighted the team seemed to play with more freedom last night. However, still feel we were somewhat flattered (almost to the point of deception) by extremely poor opposition who showed nothing going forwards. We again had a shaky 20 mins in the second half when there was a lack of confidence (seemingly self-inflicted and out of nowhere) and a lot of back passess and panicky balls at which point a good team would have equalised and got their chins up. A few of our players seemed to be running onto through balls at 80% effort rather than 100%. I think the new manager will want to move 1-2 on once he has got harder working or more efficient replacements lined up. Other players were nonetheless oustanding: Platt, Preston F, Byrne, Shiels to mention in particular.

The B-Ark / Re: Prediction League - Boston United vs Farsley Celtic
« on: January 23, 2022, 09:58:02 PM »
3-0, 1641

The B-Ark / Re: v Morpeth
« on: January 16, 2022, 09:09:13 AM »
I am broadly in agreement with Oxo. The plain and simple truth is that all 12 [sic] Morpeth men wanted to win more than us. Setting aside the contribution of the referee which was signidicant IMO, there were many deeper issues evident. Watched the warm up in detail and Leesley very vocal almost in manager mode. This carried over into the game with JL berating Duxbury at every twist and turn which saw some unpleasantry exchanged between the two. Duxbury then proceeded to have an awful game and was caught napping at the back on multiple occasions. Leesley was little better despite his assertions of 'coach' status and this led me to feel he is quite a disruptive influence in the squad. Elsewhere there was the usual sloppiness in defending (allowing several well crafted/grafted Morpeth goals) and despite the 3 goals in our favour a lack of urgency and speed in building moves from the back that allowed them to get men behind the ball and defend doggedly. Yes it was a good cup tie with a nice high scoreline and a decent crowd but it is not a game that we should have lost. Disappointingly I see the same attitudes and behaviours now that I saw in the CE days. Nothing has changed. The chairman needs to find us a powerful and charismatic manager who is going to be less nice in the dressing room, concentrate on getting players with sheer will, motivation and determination in the first instance and be be prepared to ship out where he sees these characteristics lacking, even if this means we lose some players with higher technical skill levels. Mindset trumps absolute skill most of the time. I would finally add that having 5 players intermittently out with gambling dodginess in one small squad has also hampered team stability and those players have also contributed. 

The B-Ark / Re: Elliott gone!
« on: January 06, 2022, 09:04:12 PM »

I stick to my original statement that something wasn't quite right and the performances at times way below our true capability; and always back the Chairman without whom we simply would not exist today (let alone a fabulous new stadium). Notwithstanding, a very noble and above all else dignified exit interview from Craig - a fundamentally nice bloke. He'll be snapped up and deserves to be. Wish him the very best and a new challenge. Hope to see him again on the circuit.

The B-Ark / Re: Elliott gone!
« on: January 04, 2022, 07:14:47 PM »
Always sad when someone loses their job but always back the Chestnuts too. I sensed time was not on Craig's side but did not know how much fuse had been burned through. Don't forget Den's Magic is only a stone's throw away at Grantham Town (who admittedly are not doing too well). Drury is also close by and I suspect a different proposition to last time he had a go (admittedly that was dismal at the time). least on paper there may be some credible applicants to shortlist from.

The B-Ark / Re: Alfreton [HOME] 2022
« on: January 03, 2022, 08:16:49 PM »
IMO, the scoreline flattered us. Yes, one superb strike from the incredibly in form Jordan Preston. But my son right behind the goal and a qualified ref said it was no way a penalty. Even if it was, Danny Elliott has to do more than just put away penalties for us. Apart from the Preston goal and maybe the resilience and tenacity of Dewhurst, it was universally poor again. Back 3 ragged and often leaving a man behind to play them onside. Too many fairly impressive early surges upfield with pace and penetration fizzle out with back passes or a series of passes around the edges of the box, that eventually give defences time to reorg and ultimately move after move breaks down. There is a lack of urgency in the play. Something isn't right. Something is far from right, when (judging by the ahem 'lyrics' of the songs) it is clear you have lost the incredibly loyal Town End for large swathes of the 90 minutes.

The B-Ark / Re: Prediction League - Kettering Town vs Boston United
« on: November 29, 2021, 07:45:55 AM »
0-1, 849

1-1 Boston win on pens (620)

The B-Ark / Re: My mate Bob
« on: November 21, 2021, 10:26:33 AM »
In previous days, I travelled from Welwyn Garden City every other week and Tuesdays as an ST holder. That lasted about 7 years.

The B-Ark / Re: Chorley
« on: November 21, 2021, 10:24:31 AM »
Confidence low pre-Chorley. A new keeper; suspect defence need time to get used to him and build confidence. Keeper was superb, defence still suspect at times although true quality in No.18 Ayina and Ferguson. Duxbury had a poor game and should have been substituted 10 minutes earlier. Had that happened my guess is that it might have ended 3-2 as our blood was truly up in last 10 minutes. No disgrace overall. Very happy with a point against that lot. A little more urgency in the build up (often slower pace makes us too predictable) and growing confidence b/w keeper and back 4/5 then maybe....

The B-Ark / Re: v Stratford
« on: October 17, 2021, 12:01:08 PM »
I'm just worried now. a) we are not that good away from home this season (albeit some tough sides so far in league) b) Stratford website encouraging the whole town to turn up as "the biggest game in their entire history" - bacl to 1946 c) it's not going to be easy for too many away fans to get to (maybe on this last point I'm just reflecting that by train I need to leave London at 1637 and would then get back to Paddington at 0608 via overnight trains through Banbury, Oxford and Reading).

The B-Ark / Re: Prediction League - AFC Fylde vs Boston United
« on: August 21, 2021, 08:07:26 AM »
regrettably 3-1, 1723

The B-Ark / Re: Concerns about Saturday
« on: July 17, 2021, 05:39:24 AM »
The burger bars are closed today, so I think we will all be thin enough to get through by the time the season starts for real.

The B-Ark / Re: Pre-season friendly: Matlock (A)
« on: July 10, 2021, 09:45:03 AM »
As always hard to judge with so many revolving door substitutions. Opinions on last night's game so far:

Solid/ooze quality: Leesley, Rollins (looks to be on fire), Burrow, Dimaio, Shiels, Garner, F Preston, Byrne

OK: J Preston, Duxbury.

Unsure about remainder or not enough data yet. Looked to me like Hawkridge did his hammy late on.

Welcome views of others esp. the inimitable Oxo.

The B-Ark / Re: Pre-season friendly: Matlock (A)
« on: July 06, 2021, 04:36:41 PM »
My first live game too since the Tuesday after York. Too long. Will be there. If enough of us go we can make it like a league away game!

Any suggestions on a BUFC pub before the game for socially distanced outdoor beer?

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