Match report: York City 0, Cheltenham 0 - Sky Bet League Two

York City 0, Cheltenham 0

York City captain Russell Penn lets fly in the goalless draw against his former club Cheltenham

York City’s Ben Davies is felled by Cheltenham’s Jason Taylor

Michael Coulson gets on the ball

Wes Fletcher beats his marker

Lanre Oyebanjo surges forward

Ryan Bowman heads for goal

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ONLY once in York City’s 92-year history have the club racked up more goalless home draws in a single season.

The Minstermen’s fifth 0-0 stalemate of 2013/14 at Bootham Crescent – against an uncompromising and forceful Cheltenham team – moved them to within two of the club record tally, set 41 years ago.

And, with Nigel Worthington’s men still to play eight matches on their own soil before the end of the campaign, the prospect of joining or replacing their 1972/73 predecessors in the history books remains a real one.

That side finished seventh-bottom in the old third division but, with its defensive resilience, provided the platform for the club to secure promotion to the second tier of the English game for the only time during the following season.

There have been many reminders this term that the margins between success and failure in the lower leagues are still slim – the struggle of last season’s beaten play-off finalists Northampton at the foot of this term’s standings providing the starkest example.

Cheltenham have also been underwhelming during the first two-thirds of the Sky Bet League Two campaign following successive top-seven finishes, while City would be just one point adrift of those play-off positions had they managed to find the net at least once during each of the five 0-0 home fixtures they have shared the spoils in this season.

Even if Worthington’s team had only won the three of those games their dominance merited – this Cheltenham match certainly fell into that category along with others against Bristol Rovers and Rochdale (in the meeting with Hartlepool neither side deserved three points and Oxford were probably superior to their hosts in December) – they would still be sitting eighth and 13 points clear of the relegation zone.

On Saturday, not only did Cheltenham goalkeeper Scott Brown make fine saves to deny City trio Michael Coulson, John McCombe and Josh Carson, he also mustered the visitors’ only on-target goal attempt, of sorts, with a wind-assisted fourth-minute punt out of his hands.

But, as the game wore on, the final outcome became more of an inevitability with the hosts clearly missing the option of introducing an injured Ryan Jarvis from the bench as an alternative to hard-working strikers Wes Fletcher and Ryan Bowman.

The 22-year-old pair, still relative rookies during their first season as Football League regulars, have started the last seven games together but would benefit again from the assistance of experienced, nine-goal team-mate Jarvis with Worthington seemingly unconvinced that teenage forwards Chris Dickinson and Shaq McDonald are ready for their senior debuts.

Dickinson has now been an unused substitute ten times this term, with transfer window signing McDonald failing to make the bench at the weekend. At the other end of the pitch, meanwhile, City are benefiting from a wily central-defensive partnership between seasoned duo McCombe and Keith Lowe.

McCombe has settled into City’s back four seamlessly to compensate for the loss of long-time talisman David McGurk to injury.

The towering Yorkshireman looks the latest in a recent line of defenders, following on from the likes of Luke Graham and Chris Smith, strangely deemed surplus to requirements at Mansfield before becoming significant additions to the Bootham Crescent playing staff.

He was certainly influential in snuffing out the threat presented by master goal poacher Jamie Cureton, who was barely afforded a kick prior to being replaced just past the hour mark.

Cheltenham, though, were equally resolute with shaven-headed pair Jason Taylor and Matt Richards patrolling the visitors’ diamond-shaped midfield boasting all the aggression and appearance of Eastenders’ Mitchell brothers while skipper Steve Elliott provided a hefty no thrills approach to defending. City started the match brightly with Coulson creating a great seventh-minute chance for Fletcher.

The former Scarborough winger’s pin-point through ball sent Fletcher sprinting clear on goal after Adam Reed had retrieved possession from the left-back position.

But a moment’s hesitation from City’s leading marksman allowed Elliott to catch him and block his eventual goalbound effort.

The Minstermen then survived a 26th-minute scare when Nick Pope misjudged Richards’ inswinging free-kick from the right but Elliott headed wide of his vacated net.

Concerted pressure either side of half-time led to several chances for the hosts, however, with Brown diving low to his left to keep out Coulson’s free-kick after Ben Davies’ positive charge to the edge of the penalty box had been crudely curtailed by Taylor.

The Robins’ net-minder then recovered to smother McCombe’s follow-up effort.

Coulson also displayed nimble footwork inside the opposition’s 18-yard box to fashion another opportunity on the stroke of half-time but drove over the bar.

After the break, Josh Carson scuffed a 15-yard shot wide following Bowman’s lay-off and then unleashed a powerful free-kick that Brown pushed away.

At the other end, Pope raced off his line to save bravely at the feet of Jermaine McGlashan and Cureton after they had burst into his penalty box and a 63rd-minute double substitution by Mark Yates then seemed to lift the visitors.

Moments later, McGlashan flashed a shot across the face of goal after Byron Harrison had ridden a Davies challenge and replacement Terry Gornell also headed over from a Craig Braham-Barrett cross.

McGlashan drove another attempt wide from 25 yards before City regained their composure.

On 69 minutes, Fletcher might have done better when he fired over from 12 yards after Davies had won a tackle on the edge of the penalty box.

Lanre Oyebanjo also missed the target with a speculative 30-yard attempt before Russell Penn’s wayward drive spun narrowly wide after ricocheting off team-mate Bowman’s hip.

With that chance, though, went the home side’s final hope of ending a ten-game run without a victory against their opponents stretching back to April 2000 when Mark Sertori secured a 1-0 win at Whaddon Road.


Match facts

York City 0, Cheltenham 0

York City

Nick Pope 7
Showed great alertness to charge off his line and snuff out the danger twice in the second half after his earlier misjudgement.

Lanre Oyebanjo 8
Kept cool when he found himself the last line of defence on a couple of occasions and surged forward with intent.

Keith Lowe 7
Allowed Cureton to escape his attentions once but gave little else away against his former team-mates.

John McCombe 8
STAR MAN – won his headers and never put a foot wrong during another solid outing.

Ben Davies 7
Competed well and had the confidence to join in attacks when appropriate.

Josh Carson 7
Whole-hearted throughout and his free-kick was the fiercest shot Brown had to deal with all afternoon.

Russell Penn 7
Left trailing in the wake of his rapid old pal McGlashan at times but never gave a quarter in the City midfield.

Adam Reed 7
Given a bit of a physical examination by Cheltenham’s bruisers but demonstrated his ability to get City passing the ball.

Michael Coulson 8
Showed intelligence to make the conditions work to his advantage better than any other player on the pitch.

Ryan Bowman 7
Tireless in his selfless work but never really threatened a goal during the 90 minutes.

Wes Fletcher 7
A little wasteful with his chances on goal but did not give the opposition a moment’s respite with his willing runs.

Subs: Will Hayhurst (for Carson, 72). Not used: Sander Puri, Chris Dickinson, Tom Platt, Tom Allan, Lewis Montrose, Michael Ingham.


Cheltenham

Scott Brown; Michael Ihiekwe, Troy Brown, Steve Elliott, Craig Braham-Barrett; Jason Taylor, Lee Lucas (Terry Gornell, 63), Jermaine McGlashan, Matt Richards; Byron Harrison (Zack Kotwica, 83), Jamie Cureton (Sam Deering, 63). Subs not used: Connor Roberts, Joe Hanks, Sido Jombati, Mitch Brundle.

Star man: McGlashan – could not be caught when he sprinted at City.


Referee: Darren Handley (Bolton).

Rating: 7/10 – competent and clamped down on bad challenges.

Booked: Penn 10, Lucas 33, Taylor 43, McCombe 50, McGlashan 55, Ihiekwe 82.

Sent off: None.

Attendance: 3,148 (172 from Cheltenham).

Shots on target: City 5, Cheltenham 1.

Shots off target: City 7, Cheltenham 5.

Corners: City 10, Cheltenham 0.

Fouls conceded: City 9, Cheltenham 16.

Offsides: City 1, Cheltenham 2.

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5:42pm Sat 8 Feb 14

PositiveFootball says...

City played some very good football despite the conditions. Despite the high winds thought we looked the much better team in both halves.
City played some very good football despite the conditions. Despite the high winds thought we looked the much better team in both halves. PositiveFootball
  • Score: 22

5:49pm Sat 8 Feb 14

YorkCityLuke says...

A rather drab match with fairly few chances for anyone, but happily I thought we were the better side overall. There was certainly less hoofball than vs. Chesterfield (there could hardly have been more), but there were still a few aimless punts forward from the back - and we looked far, far more effective when we played it fast along the ground. Hopefully that will become the norm and long-balls will be 'plan B' in the managers arsenal. I thought a few players were either anonymous or below par (especially Reed and Carson, and whilst Penn had improved from the last home game I still don't think he does enough to be captain), whilst Oyebanjo, Pope and Lowe had pretty good games.
So in summary - an improvement on the last home game, but still a way to go. A fair result in tricky conditions.
A rather drab match with fairly few chances for anyone, but happily I thought we were the better side overall. There was certainly less hoofball than vs. Chesterfield (there could hardly have been more), but there were still a few aimless punts forward from the back - and we looked far, far more effective when we played it fast along the ground. Hopefully that will become the norm and long-balls will be 'plan B' in the managers arsenal. I thought a few players were either anonymous or below par (especially Reed and Carson, and whilst Penn had improved from the last home game I still don't think he does enough to be captain), whilst Oyebanjo, Pope and Lowe had pretty good games. So in summary - an improvement on the last home game, but still a way to go. A fair result in tricky conditions. YorkCityLuke
  • Score: -22

6:28pm Sat 8 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

The team looks a very solid unit now,but i dont think we would of scored if we were playing now. Bowman just did not do enough for me today could of done with Ryan Jarvis's experience.
The team looks a very solid unit now,but i dont think we would of scored if we were playing now. Bowman just did not do enough for me today could of done with Ryan Jarvis's experience. T.R.M1974
  • Score: 0

6:48pm Sat 8 Feb 14

bh12man says...

For the third Saturday in a row, City played when others didn’t and the game was again dominated by the extremely windy conditions. No-one has played more games than us, but for all that other sides have games in hand they won’t all win them so on balance I’d rather be picking up points. The pitch was also excellent despite the heavy rain.

One thing you must say is that the team are fully committed, and this was evident throughout today but a draw was a fair result. Oddly enough, both sides were more threatening playing into the wind, City in the first half, Cheltenham in the second. The table remains tight, and no-one is safe from about tenth down.

I still think we need a bit more quality into the box as this is the third home game in a row where we didn’t score. I find Carson unbelievably frustrating when he gets wide as he rarely delivers a telling ball, but he forced a cracking save from a free kick which was the closest we came to scoring. His corners often disappoint too, yet with his pedigree there remains the possibility that he will turn a game. Reed also looks like he needs a few more games but with patience his form will return.

Also have to agree with posters that Penn did well, but Bowman was below par. Which makes we puzzled about the fact that we have still yet to see Shaq McDonald in a City shirt, surely it can’t be fitness holding him back after 6 weeks of training?
For the third Saturday in a row, City played when others didn’t and the game was again dominated by the extremely windy conditions. No-one has played more games than us, but for all that other sides have games in hand they won’t all win them so on balance I’d rather be picking up points. The pitch was also excellent despite the heavy rain. One thing you must say is that the team are fully committed, and this was evident throughout today but a draw was a fair result. Oddly enough, both sides were more threatening playing into the wind, City in the first half, Cheltenham in the second. The table remains tight, and no-one is safe from about tenth down. I still think we need a bit more quality into the box as this is the third home game in a row where we didn’t score. I find Carson unbelievably frustrating when he gets wide as he rarely delivers a telling ball, but he forced a cracking save from a free kick which was the closest we came to scoring. His corners often disappoint too, yet with his pedigree there remains the possibility that he will turn a game. Reed also looks like he needs a few more games but with patience his form will return. Also have to agree with posters that Penn did well, but Bowman was below par. Which makes we puzzled about the fact that we have still yet to see Shaq McDonald in a City shirt, surely it can’t be fitness holding him back after 6 weeks of training? bh12man
  • Score: 13

7:29pm Sat 8 Feb 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Drab game ruined by the wind. Three Saturdays in a row where gale force winds have made play well nigh impossible. Personally would be happy if games were postponed when too windy though know it won't happen. Stats suggest we shaded it but to be honest we'd didn't really do enough for 3 points. Final ball often less than good enough and in midfield we never got a stranglehold. Two central defenders who were ideal for the situation, Pope made some good saves second half but was very lucky first half when he came for a free kick and didn't get within a postcode of it.
Thought Carson, Reed and Bowman were off the pace. Have christened Bowman the new Bob Colville - ie a nearly man. Very frustrating. Hope Fletcher's injury is not too serious as we'd miss him. Hayhurst looks a real prospect but there again we've said that about enough wingers over the years. This time last year I was on way back from 4 0 defeat at Wycombe. I am sure we are better than we were then but we still look a way off from pushing for a promotion season.
Lucky 100% away from home jumper packed and ready for Home Park, hope for a darned site better showing than last season, important bragging rights at work at stake so please boys don't let me down next Saturday.
Drab game ruined by the wind. Three Saturdays in a row where gale force winds have made play well nigh impossible. Personally would be happy if games were postponed when too windy though know it won't happen. Stats suggest we shaded it but to be honest we'd didn't really do enough for 3 points. Final ball often less than good enough and in midfield we never got a stranglehold. Two central defenders who were ideal for the situation, Pope made some good saves second half but was very lucky first half when he came for a free kick and didn't get within a postcode of it. Thought Carson, Reed and Bowman were off the pace. Have christened Bowman the new Bob Colville - ie a nearly man. Very frustrating. Hope Fletcher's injury is not too serious as we'd miss him. Hayhurst looks a real prospect but there again we've said that about enough wingers over the years. This time last year I was on way back from 4 0 defeat at Wycombe. I am sure we are better than we were then but we still look a way off from pushing for a promotion season. Lucky 100% away from home jumper packed and ready for Home Park, hope for a darned site better showing than last season, important bragging rights at work at stake so please boys don't let me down next Saturday. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 5

7:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I think that a draw was a fair result. The wind was a big factor and neither side had the know-how to take advantage of it. Cheltenham looked a better side playing into the wind in the second half. City are unfortunately very one dimensionable, and they played into Cheltenhams hands by not having a "Plan B". City just wanted Oyebanjo to heave long throws into the box ,and nearly every throw in he took landed on the head of one of their defenders. The game was crying out for someone to go down the wing to the by-line, and then drive a hard low cross into the penalty area. Carsons free kick was the nearest that we came to scoring, but our other chances were few and far between. A point is OK though for Division 2 is packed with average teams (Chesterfield excepted), who can all beat each other.
I think that a draw was a fair result. The wind was a big factor and neither side had the know-how to take advantage of it. Cheltenham looked a better side playing into the wind in the second half. City are unfortunately very one dimensionable, and they played into Cheltenhams hands by not having a "Plan B". City just wanted Oyebanjo to heave long throws into the box ,and nearly every throw in he took landed on the head of one of their defenders. The game was crying out for someone to go down the wing to the by-line, and then drive a hard low cross into the penalty area. Carsons free kick was the nearest that we came to scoring, but our other chances were few and far between. A point is OK though for Division 2 is packed with average teams (Chesterfield excepted), who can all beat each other. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 7

8:35pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Tug job says...

Bit nippy today and thought both sides tried hard, all things considered not a bad result given the conditions. Should hav won, really, but the players put a good shift in. Made my post-match pint in the Oak taste wonderful, so good that I had to have another! Think we'll be fine, still adjusting to life back in the FL, so I won't be disappointed with a mid-table position. Northampton look as thought they're gone - shame in a way as they're a good club but better them than us! Hope we can win next week, but even a point would be welcome. COYR
Bit nippy today and thought both sides tried hard, all things considered not a bad result given the conditions. Should hav won, really, but the players put a good shift in. Made my post-match pint in the Oak taste wonderful, so good that I had to have another! Think we'll be fine, still adjusting to life back in the FL, so I won't be disappointed with a mid-table position. Northampton look as thought they're gone - shame in a way as they're a good club but better them than us! Hope we can win next week, but even a point would be welcome. COYR Tug job
  • Score: 9

8:38pm Sat 8 Feb 14

openallhours says...

Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius.
Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius. openallhours
  • Score: -37

9:00pm Sat 8 Feb 14

23rdApril1966 says...

Ian McAndrew's turn for The Boardroom View in the programme today. Fully expected him to write that there would soon be progress to report re the new Community Stadium. But no something different this time. Er............no mention at all. I'll ask again, what exactly is his role as Stadium Development Director. As I have also said before he may be busting a gut 24x7 for all I know. But I don't so does anybody? If so please do share.
Ian McAndrew's turn for The Boardroom View in the programme today. Fully expected him to write that there would soon be progress to report re the new Community Stadium. But no something different this time. Er............no mention at all. I'll ask again, what exactly is his role as Stadium Development Director. As I have also said before he may be busting a gut 24x7 for all I know. But I don't so does anybody? If so please do share. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 7

9:02pm Sat 8 Feb 14

23rdApril1966 says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I think that a draw was a fair result. The wind was a big factor and neither side had the know-how to take advantage of it. Cheltenham looked a better side playing into the wind in the second half. City are unfortunately very one dimensionable, and they played into Cheltenhams hands by not having a "Plan B". City just wanted Oyebanjo to heave long throws into the box ,and nearly every throw in he took landed on the head of one of their defenders. The game was crying out for someone to go down the wing to the by-line, and then drive a hard low cross into the penalty area. Carsons free kick was the nearest that we came to scoring, but our other chances were few and far between. A point is OK though for Division 2 is packed with average teams (Chesterfield excepted), who can all beat each other.
100% agreement re the throw ins. Why persist when not one created a thing? He even ended up taking one on the left wing. Very odd tactic.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I think that a draw was a fair result. The wind was a big factor and neither side had the know-how to take advantage of it. Cheltenham looked a better side playing into the wind in the second half. City are unfortunately very one dimensionable, and they played into Cheltenhams hands by not having a "Plan B". City just wanted Oyebanjo to heave long throws into the box ,and nearly every throw in he took landed on the head of one of their defenders. The game was crying out for someone to go down the wing to the by-line, and then drive a hard low cross into the penalty area. Carsons free kick was the nearest that we came to scoring, but our other chances were few and far between. A point is OK though for Division 2 is packed with average teams (Chesterfield excepted), who can all beat each other.[/p][/quote]100% agreement re the throw ins. Why persist when not one created a thing? He even ended up taking one on the left wing. Very odd tactic. 23rdApril1966
  • Score: 1

9:02pm Sat 8 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

Without wanting to appear being accused of repeating previous quotes Old Head wrote in his above post what we want is a player that can carry a ball down to the corner flag and either punch hard and low or put it on the head of a forward that knows where the net is, the player hes talking about is an old fashioned winger ,we don't make them any more that job seems to be the job of the over lapping full back , that is where PURI should be, taking on defenders
god knows why he wasn't put on ,
Without wanting to appear being accused of repeating previous quotes Old Head wrote in his above post what we want is a player that can carry a ball down to the corner flag and either punch hard and low or put it on the head of a forward that knows where the net is, the player hes talking about is an old fashioned winger ,we don't make them any more that job seems to be the job of the over lapping full back , that is where PURI should be, taking on defenders god knows why he wasn't put on , bill bailey
  • Score: 4

11:18pm Sat 8 Feb 14

skilly says...

Wind was the winner today. Take the point and move on. What utter drivel from certain immature posters on here get a life
Wind was the winner today. Take the point and move on. What utter drivel from certain immature posters on here get a life skilly
  • Score: 16

12:08am Sun 9 Feb 14

dadster says...

No surprise it finished 0-0 as the wind was always going to play a huge part and both sides cancelled each other out. Another example of how little there is between teams in L2 (excluding Chesterfield). Thought we at least tried to play more football today and we pressed the opposition much better. Old Head mentioned that we were crying out for our wingers to get to the byline and i fully agree but the fact we play our wingers on the wrong side means they typically have to come inside on their stronger foot thus narrowing the pitch and slowing the attack. Thought we looked better when we made the substitution and Coulson went to the right which is where he should start IMO.

slightly concerned that the goals have dried up particularly at home but have to say that we continue to look much better defensively.

Another concern for me is the fact we continue to have little threat from corners and if anything look more likely to concede on the break.

Overall another point gained and with other results being fairly kind we are still in a decent position to go on and achieve our aim this season which is consolidation.
No surprise it finished 0-0 as the wind was always going to play a huge part and both sides cancelled each other out. Another example of how little there is between teams in L2 (excluding Chesterfield). Thought we at least tried to play more football today and we pressed the opposition much better. Old Head mentioned that we were crying out for our wingers to get to the byline and i fully agree but the fact we play our wingers on the wrong side means they typically have to come inside on their stronger foot thus narrowing the pitch and slowing the attack. Thought we looked better when we made the substitution and Coulson went to the right which is where he should start IMO. slightly concerned that the goals have dried up particularly at home but have to say that we continue to look much better defensively. Another concern for me is the fact we continue to have little threat from corners and if anything look more likely to concede on the break. Overall another point gained and with other results being fairly kind we are still in a decent position to go on and achieve our aim this season which is consolidation. dadster
  • Score: 11

4:07am Sun 9 Feb 14

jumbojet says...

bill bailey wrote:
Without wanting to appear being accused of repeating previous quotes Old Head wrote in his above post what we want is a player that can carry a ball down to the corner flag and either punch hard and low or put it on the head of a forward that knows where the net is, the player hes talking about is an old fashioned winger ,we don't make them any more that job seems to be the job of the over lapping full back , that is where PURI should be, taking on defenders
god knows why he wasn't put on ,
Billy boy, you need to ask your favourite Manager, I thought you understood his 'odd ball' team selection, unlike some others, including myself.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Without wanting to appear being accused of repeating previous quotes Old Head wrote in his above post what we want is a player that can carry a ball down to the corner flag and either punch hard and low or put it on the head of a forward that knows where the net is, the player hes talking about is an old fashioned winger ,we don't make them any more that job seems to be the job of the over lapping full back , that is where PURI should be, taking on defenders god knows why he wasn't put on ,[/p][/quote]Billy boy, you need to ask your favourite Manager, I thought you understood his 'odd ball' team selection, unlike some others, including myself. jumbojet
  • Score: 3

9:50am Sun 9 Feb 14

erniet says...

I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.
I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is. erniet
  • Score: 34

10:07am Sun 9 Feb 14

T.R.M1974 says...

erniet wrote:
I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.
Spot on mate
[quote][p][bold]erniet[/bold] wrote: I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.[/p][/quote]Spot on mate T.R.M1974
  • Score: 17

10:17am Sun 9 Feb 14

new_fr says...

The new issue of the York City fanzine, new frontiers, is now available as a free download from the York City South web site (www.yorkcitysouth.c
o.uk). It compares and contrasts Nigel Worthington’s job as City manager with that of his cousin Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, takes a look back at the career of Billy Fenton, after whom City’s player of the year trophy is named and selects a City side from players still playing in The Football League (most above Division 2 level). Elsewhere questions are asked about David Moyes, Nicolas Anelka and the trend towards nicknames on player’s shirts. In a bumper 32 page issue there is still room for a lot more articles, some serious, other humorous. When published in the 1990s, it cost 50p, Although free, a donation is suggested next time you visit Bootham Crescent, before the game, buy either an extra pint in the social club or a 50:50 draw ticket. Happy reading.
The new issue of the York City fanzine, new frontiers, is now available as a free download from the York City South web site (www.yorkcitysouth.c o.uk). It compares and contrasts Nigel Worthington’s job as City manager with that of his cousin Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, takes a look back at the career of Billy Fenton, after whom City’s player of the year trophy is named and selects a City side from players still playing in The Football League (most above Division 2 level). Elsewhere questions are asked about David Moyes, Nicolas Anelka and the trend towards nicknames on player’s shirts. In a bumper 32 page issue there is still room for a lot more articles, some serious, other humorous. When published in the 1990s, it cost 50p, Although free, a donation is suggested next time you visit Bootham Crescent, before the game, buy either an extra pint in the social club or a 50:50 draw ticket. Happy reading. new_fr
  • Score: 1

10:18am Sun 9 Feb 14

arsene.about.york says...

erniet wrote:
I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.
I agree with you about Penn, I thought he worked very hard, he is one of those players who does the ( ugly ) things, getting a foot in and disrupting the opposition play and generally making a nuisance of himself so that we can hopefully pick up possession. In a game which was ruined by the conditions I thought Penn, McCombe, Lowe, Banjo and Coulson all did very well, but we really must do some work on the delivery of corners and free kicks as time after time we either hit the first defender or they go straight to the keeper. So overall I think we are looking much more solid defensively and showing the we can look good going forward. So, gradual improvement, keep it up Nigel and we can look forward to next season with some confidence. COME ON CITY
[quote][p][bold]erniet[/bold] wrote: I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.[/p][/quote]I agree with you about Penn, I thought he worked very hard, he is one of those players who does the ( ugly ) things, getting a foot in and disrupting the opposition play and generally making a nuisance of himself so that we can hopefully pick up possession. In a game which was ruined by the conditions I thought Penn, McCombe, Lowe, Banjo and Coulson all did very well, but we really must do some work on the delivery of corners and free kicks as time after time we either hit the first defender or they go straight to the keeper. So overall I think we are looking much more solid defensively and showing the we can look good going forward. So, gradual improvement, keep it up Nigel and we can look forward to next season with some confidence. COME ON CITY arsene.about.york
  • Score: 12

10:19am Sun 9 Feb 14

skilly says...

erniet wrote:
I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.
Couldn't have put it better myself well said I thought penn did well today and kept his head after his early booking. A committed hard working performance in awful conditions
[quote][p][bold]erniet[/bold] wrote: I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.[/p][/quote]Couldn't have put it better myself well said I thought penn did well today and kept his head after his early booking. A committed hard working performance in awful conditions skilly
  • Score: 16

10:50am Sun 9 Feb 14

Yorkie41 says...

City are going to have to start winning matches at home, as you can see from the league table all the teams below them have games in hand, I know some will be playing against each other in the following weeks, but they are dangerously near the bottom off league two.
City are going to have to start winning matches at home, as you can see from the league table all the teams below them have games in hand, I know some will be playing against each other in the following weeks, but they are dangerously near the bottom off league two. Yorkie41
  • Score: -6

11:35am Sun 9 Feb 14

SelseyBill says...

Sounds as though the defence is about right but we must SCORE GOALS. Draws are never going to keep us up. The bottom places are ours for the taking come on city let's score a few and keep the dream alive.
Sounds as though the defence is about right but we must SCORE GOALS. Draws are never going to keep us up. The bottom places are ours for the taking come on city let's score a few and keep the dream alive. SelseyBill
  • Score: -6

11:37am Sun 9 Feb 14

Head of Bomber Command says...

Another welcome point nearer to safety. What are some expecting, a lae surge for a play-off place? get real. I will b happy when I know we cannot go down.
Another welcome point nearer to safety. What are some expecting, a lae surge for a play-off place? get real. I will b happy when I know we cannot go down. Head of Bomber Command
  • Score: 15

11:55am Sun 9 Feb 14

No.4-IanHolmes says...

erniet wrote:
I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.
Couldn't agree more. I came away from the game feeling quite heartened by the performance, especially in the first half. Thought the commitment was very good, we seemed to be hungrier than Cheltenham to get to the loose ball. Reed didn't have a good game but we need his creativity in the team so hopefully he will soon get back up to speed and the team is starting to look pretty settled. The wind was a big factor and I thought we had a good balance between trying to play football and employing 'hoofball' when necessary. Not a perfect performance but we're going in the right direction.
[quote][p][bold]erniet[/bold] wrote: I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I came away from the game feeling quite heartened by the performance, especially in the first half. Thought the commitment was very good, we seemed to be hungrier than Cheltenham to get to the loose ball. Reed didn't have a good game but we need his creativity in the team so hopefully he will soon get back up to speed and the team is starting to look pretty settled. The wind was a big factor and I thought we had a good balance between trying to play football and employing 'hoofball' when necessary. Not a perfect performance but we're going in the right direction. No.4-IanHolmes
  • Score: 14

12:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

born&breed says...

openallhours wrote:
Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius.
You appear to have been at another game - in the Football League paper Banjo and Penn - 9/10 - both in the League 2 side of the weekend. Banjo was also given MotM - which I would agree with.
Only thing I would say is everyone has their opinion if we didn't this site would be pointless
The weather was the only winner - very difficult condition, nice to see we playing the ball to feet rather than hoof ball - last weeks experience must have prepared us right.
[quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius.[/p][/quote]You appear to have been at another game - in the Football League paper Banjo and Penn - 9/10 - both in the League 2 side of the weekend. Banjo was also given MotM - which I would agree with. Only thing I would say is everyone has their opinion if we didn't this site would be pointless The weather was the only winner - very difficult condition, nice to see we playing the ball to feet rather than hoof ball - last weeks experience must have prepared us right. born&breed
  • Score: 17

12:45pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bartonmbjib says...

born&breed wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius.
You appear to have been at another game - in the Football League paper Banjo and Penn - 9/10 - both in the League 2 side of the weekend. Banjo was also given MotM - which I would agree with.
Only thing I would say is everyone has their opinion if we didn't this site would be pointless
The weather was the only winner - very difficult condition, nice to see we playing the ball to feet rather than hoof ball - last weeks experience must have prepared us right.
sadly the weather was the only winner yesterday i agree penn and banjo stood out has having good gamesmistakes by reed concerned me more. on another note i read on an earlier post someone said northampton were already doomed come off it theres along way to go in the season before we can write anybody off.
[quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius.[/p][/quote]You appear to have been at another game - in the Football League paper Banjo and Penn - 9/10 - both in the League 2 side of the weekend. Banjo was also given MotM - which I would agree with. Only thing I would say is everyone has their opinion if we didn't this site would be pointless The weather was the only winner - very difficult condition, nice to see we playing the ball to feet rather than hoof ball - last weeks experience must have prepared us right.[/p][/quote]sadly the weather was the only winner yesterday i agree penn and banjo stood out has having good gamesmistakes by reed concerned me more. on another note i read on an earlier post someone said northampton were already doomed come off it theres along way to go in the season before we can write anybody off. bartonmbjib
  • Score: 0

1:08pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Tug job says...

bartonmbjib wrote:
born&breed wrote:
openallhours wrote:
Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius.
You appear to have been at another game - in the Football League paper Banjo and Penn - 9/10 - both in the League 2 side of the weekend. Banjo was also given MotM - which I would agree with.
Only thing I would say is everyone has their opinion if we didn't this site would be pointless
The weather was the only winner - very difficult condition, nice to see we playing the ball to feet rather than hoof ball - last weeks experience must have prepared us right.
sadly the weather was the only winner yesterday i agree penn and banjo stood out has having good gamesmistakes by reed concerned me more. on another note i read on an earlier post someone said northampton were already doomed come off it theres along way to go in the season before we can write anybody off.
I posted that it looks as thought they're down - they still need another 27 to 30 points and have six of the top seven to play - if they do stay up it will be a tremendous achievement. I'm more concerned that we get the 16 points we need to be safe. On yesterday's performance, conditions notwithstanding, we should have enough to do this. Hope the weather improves for next week's match in Plymouth, this will be a difficult enough match as it is. COYR
[quote][p][bold]bartonmbjib[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]born&breed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]openallhours[/bold] wrote: Very poor today, and whilst a point was gained we could still be playing and we wouldn't score. For me, the biggest disappointment is Penn... here's a player who parks his car near the ground (well at least I think it's his with the plate RU55 PEN), and I'm in utter shock that this bloke has a contract with our great club. Where's Montrose? Where's Puri? Where's Platt? Surely better options but if it was that simple then I'd be the manager (and I'd rule with at least 1 iron fist let me tell you!) McCoombe looked better, Lowe was Mr Reliable, Banjo had a good game, Pope showed his class and Coulson gave another solid performance. To quote a certain Gareth Mills, this was a 'massive point', but we could and should have done much better. Had a member of the DVLA been present today, Pen's number plate would now be 'RU55 P00' (and before people start whinging, he's on a lengthy contract and good money for 4th division football). Didn't come off for Fletcher, Bowman and Reed today, but any sensible City fan knows that these players are worth their weight in gold. As some fat bloke commented near us, 'Penn, he looks like Zidane but plays like me Mam'. Genius.[/p][/quote]You appear to have been at another game - in the Football League paper Banjo and Penn - 9/10 - both in the League 2 side of the weekend. Banjo was also given MotM - which I would agree with. Only thing I would say is everyone has their opinion if we didn't this site would be pointless The weather was the only winner - very difficult condition, nice to see we playing the ball to feet rather than hoof ball - last weeks experience must have prepared us right.[/p][/quote]sadly the weather was the only winner yesterday i agree penn and banjo stood out has having good gamesmistakes by reed concerned me more. on another note i read on an earlier post someone said northampton were already doomed come off it theres along way to go in the season before we can write anybody off.[/p][/quote]I posted that it looks as thought they're down - they still need another 27 to 30 points and have six of the top seven to play - if they do stay up it will be a tremendous achievement. I'm more concerned that we get the 16 points we need to be safe. On yesterday's performance, conditions notwithstanding, we should have enough to do this. Hope the weather improves for next week's match in Plymouth, this will be a difficult enough match as it is. COYR Tug job
  • Score: 4

1:17pm Sun 9 Feb 14

duffy says...

erniet wrote:
I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.
As with a few others I have to agree, given the conditions I thought that was a decent game of football. The defence really is far more solid now, you used to expect **** ups on a regular basis but you now feel the centre halves will deal with most things at the level we are at. Again I have to agree I thought Penn did a great job at what he does best, breaking things up, getting his foot in and been a nuisance in general, Reed was the disappointing one. We do though still need to work on corners and set pieces, oh for the Smith years when the likes of big Keith frightened the life out of defenders at corners.
[quote][p][bold]erniet[/bold] wrote: I'm baffled by some of the negative comments on here to be honest. Given the conditions, I thought City played well. The defence was excellent and although no-one has mentioned him, McCombe was exceptional. Midfield did fine in a typical fourth division battle with little time and room. The criticism of Penn seems to be one of those where "he's new, cost some money so I'm going to dislike him whatever happens". He won more of the ball in midfield than anyone else on either team and worked his socks off. He's not Rooney or Gerrard of course, so he sometimes makes mistakes. Perhaps you noticed others did so too? Up front, they all battled hard but (again as often in this league) lacked the final cutting edge sometimes. However, notice that their goalkeeper had to make at least four very good saves whereas Pope had to make precisely none. And finally, don't forget that Cheltenham's defence did very well too, with the wind making it difficult for defenders to cope. All in all, yes it is frustrating that we didn't get the goal, but really I can't see what the complaining is about. Remember what League this is.[/p][/quote]As with a few others I have to agree, given the conditions I thought that was a decent game of football. The defence really is far more solid now, you used to expect **** ups on a regular basis but you now feel the centre halves will deal with most things at the level we are at. Again I have to agree I thought Penn did a great job at what he does best, breaking things up, getting his foot in and been a nuisance in general, Reed was the disappointing one. We do though still need to work on corners and set pieces, oh for the Smith years when the likes of big Keith frightened the life out of defenders at corners. duffy
  • Score: 12

2:11pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Phil, Leeds says...

Seems like most are blaming the goalless draw on the wind. Don't necessarily buy that as an excuse. It's now 3 home games on the trot without scoring and I don't remember it being particularly gusty the previous 2. Also I think it was pretty windy all over the country yesterday but there were plenty of goals all over the place - in fact only 3 other nil nils in the English and Scottish pro leagues and Scots Cup. I would guess that NW teams will never be prolific but we need to look more like getting one or two in home games. Sure, we're missing Jarvis, who offers more than Bowman, but the main problem continues to be the lack of creativity in midfield. Also, Carson and Coulson deliver some decent stuff into the box but their balls need to be attacked instead of players waiting for the ball to reach them. Couldn't fault the effort yesterday but really need more than just huff n' puff from a team put out by a former Premier/Internationa
l manager.
Seems like most are blaming the goalless draw on the wind. Don't necessarily buy that as an excuse. It's now 3 home games on the trot without scoring and I don't remember it being particularly gusty the previous 2. Also I think it was pretty windy all over the country yesterday but there were plenty of goals all over the place - in fact only 3 other nil nils in the English and Scottish pro leagues and Scots Cup. I would guess that NW teams will never be prolific but we need to look more like getting one or two in home games. Sure, we're missing Jarvis, who offers more than Bowman, but the main problem continues to be the lack of creativity in midfield. Also, Carson and Coulson deliver some decent stuff into the box but their balls need to be attacked instead of players waiting for the ball to reach them. Couldn't fault the effort yesterday but really need more than just huff n' puff from a team put out by a former Premier/Internationa l manager. Phil, Leeds
  • Score: -12

2:28pm Sun 9 Feb 14

pip007 says...

Phil, Leeds wrote:
Seems like most are blaming the goalless draw on the wind. Don't necessarily buy that as an excuse. It's now 3 home games on the trot without scoring and I don't remember it being particularly gusty the previous 2. Also I think it was pretty windy all over the country yesterday but there were plenty of goals all over the place - in fact only 3 other nil nils in the English and Scottish pro leagues and Scots Cup. I would guess that NW teams will never be prolific but we need to look more like getting one or two in home games. Sure, we're missing Jarvis, who offers more than Bowman, but the main problem continues to be the lack of creativity in midfield. Also, Carson and Coulson deliver some decent stuff into the box but their balls need to be attacked instead of players waiting for the ball to reach them. Couldn't fault the effort yesterday but really need more than just huff n' puff from a team put out by a former Premier/Internationa

l manager.
Good summary. A defence that will prevent us going down. An attack that will prevent us going up. Looking forward to promotion places next season.
[quote][p][bold]Phil, Leeds[/bold] wrote: Seems like most are blaming the goalless draw on the wind. Don't necessarily buy that as an excuse. It's now 3 home games on the trot without scoring and I don't remember it being particularly gusty the previous 2. Also I think it was pretty windy all over the country yesterday but there were plenty of goals all over the place - in fact only 3 other nil nils in the English and Scottish pro leagues and Scots Cup. I would guess that NW teams will never be prolific but we need to look more like getting one or two in home games. Sure, we're missing Jarvis, who offers more than Bowman, but the main problem continues to be the lack of creativity in midfield. Also, Carson and Coulson deliver some decent stuff into the box but their balls need to be attacked instead of players waiting for the ball to reach them. Couldn't fault the effort yesterday but really need more than just huff n' puff from a team put out by a former Premier/Internationa l manager.[/p][/quote]Good summary. A defence that will prevent us going down. An attack that will prevent us going up. Looking forward to promotion places next season. pip007
  • Score: -2

4:55pm Sun 9 Feb 14

OLD - HEAD says...

I lost count of how many throw-ins, free kicks, corners and crosses we pumped into their box. But I didnt count any times that we actually won the ball in the air. No wonder that the Cheltenham Town captain Steve Elliott was named in the Division 2 team of the day (along with Oyebanjo and Penn). It was just heading practice for a big guy like him. We have to play to our strengths and not waste possession on tactics that dont suit the players that we have available. Russell Penn had by far his best game in a York City shirt, and his critics are being unfair. Its very sad when some players are singled out, I remember only too well how Chris Smith was once the target for the same abuse. The point collected yesterday could be vital as the season unfolds. The league table will start to even itself out when some of the other clubs play their matches in hand. Torquay v Northampton on Tuesday night is a real six pointer.
I lost count of how many throw-ins, free kicks, corners and crosses we pumped into their box. But I didnt count any times that we actually won the ball in the air. No wonder that the Cheltenham Town captain Steve Elliott was named in the Division 2 team of the day (along with Oyebanjo and Penn). It was just heading practice for a big guy like him. We have to play to our strengths and not waste possession on tactics that dont suit the players that we have available. Russell Penn had by far his best game in a York City shirt, and his critics are being unfair. Its very sad when some players are singled out, I remember only too well how Chris Smith was once the target for the same abuse. The point collected yesterday could be vital as the season unfolds. The league table will start to even itself out when some of the other clubs play their matches in hand. Torquay v Northampton on Tuesday night is a real six pointer. OLD - HEAD
  • Score: 10

5:51pm Sun 9 Feb 14

joejamestom says...

OLD - HEAD wrote:
I lost count of how many throw-ins, free kicks, corners and crosses we pumped into their box. But I didnt count any times that we actually won the ball in the air. No wonder that the Cheltenham Town captain Steve Elliott was named in the Division 2 team of the day (along with Oyebanjo and Penn). It was just heading practice for a big guy like him. We have to play to our strengths and not waste possession on tactics that dont suit the players that we have available. Russell Penn had by far his best game in a York City shirt, and his critics are being unfair. Its very sad when some players are singled out, I remember only too well how Chris Smith was once the target for the same abuse. The point collected yesterday could be vital as the season unfolds. The league table will start to even itself out when some of the other clubs play their matches in hand. Torquay v Northampton on Tuesday night is a real six pointer.
You are correct about the free kicks & corners something of a theme for a lot of City games other than Bowman we offer little ariel threat thus far.
As for Penn he was much improved chasing lost causes all game which is just as well as after Hartlepool I thought NW had signed a player no better than the existing squad if he can keep it up we will be much better in this area though Reid struggled physically to compete maybe Montrose would have imposed himself as a sub.
As for C Smith he looked out of sorts under GMs ball playing regime finally finding his place with NW with the keep it simple & hoof it system but just could not offer enough this season in an under preassure defence hope he finds a club to suit his skill set.
[quote][p][bold]OLD - HEAD[/bold] wrote: I lost count of how many throw-ins, free kicks, corners and crosses we pumped into their box. But I didnt count any times that we actually won the ball in the air. No wonder that the Cheltenham Town captain Steve Elliott was named in the Division 2 team of the day (along with Oyebanjo and Penn). It was just heading practice for a big guy like him. We have to play to our strengths and not waste possession on tactics that dont suit the players that we have available. Russell Penn had by far his best game in a York City shirt, and his critics are being unfair. Its very sad when some players are singled out, I remember only too well how Chris Smith was once the target for the same abuse. The point collected yesterday could be vital as the season unfolds. The league table will start to even itself out when some of the other clubs play their matches in hand. Torquay v Northampton on Tuesday night is a real six pointer.[/p][/quote]You are correct about the free kicks & corners something of a theme for a lot of City games other than Bowman we offer little ariel threat thus far. As for Penn he was much improved chasing lost causes all game which is just as well as after Hartlepool I thought NW had signed a player no better than the existing squad if he can keep it up we will be much better in this area though Reid struggled physically to compete maybe Montrose would have imposed himself as a sub. As for C Smith he looked out of sorts under GMs ball playing regime finally finding his place with NW with the keep it simple & hoof it system but just could not offer enough this season in an under preassure defence hope he finds a club to suit his skill set. joejamestom
  • Score: -1

7:34pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag
ue/atificialsurfaces

I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think. bill bailey
  • Score: -4

7:54pm Sun 9 Feb 14

duffy says...

bill bailey wrote:
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag

ue/atificialsurfaces


I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
I have watched games at both Clyde and Airdrie who both have 3g pitches. They are actually not that bad in all honesty, way better than the old style artificial pitches with a more even bounce.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think.[/p][/quote]I have watched games at both Clyde and Airdrie who both have 3g pitches. They are actually not that bad in all honesty, way better than the old style artificial pitches with a more even bounce. duffy
  • Score: 0

7:57pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Yorkie41 says...

bill bailey wrote:
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag

ue/atificialsurfaces


I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think.[/p][/quote]I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill. Yorkie41
  • Score: -1

8:08pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag


ue/atificialsurfaces



I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.
Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at
Maidstone.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think.[/p][/quote]I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.[/p][/quote]Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at Maidstone. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

8:23pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag


ue/atificialsurfaces



I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.
Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at
Maidstone.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think.[/p][/quote]I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.[/p][/quote]Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at Maidstone. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

8:44pm Sun 9 Feb 14

maltonred says...

15 0-0 draws will keep us up
15 0-0 draws will keep us up maltonred
  • Score: 4

8:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

maltonred wrote:
15 0-0 draws will keep us up
You will stir the hornets nest now , It was all quiet on the western front until flashed up those scores.
[quote][p][bold]maltonred[/bold] wrote: 15 0-0 draws will keep us up[/p][/quote]You will stir the hornets nest now , It was all quiet on the western front until flashed up those scores. bill bailey
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

bill bailey says...

maltonred wrote:
15 0-0 draws will keep us up
You will stir the hornets nest now , It was all quiet on the western front until flashed up those scores.
[quote][p][bold]maltonred[/bold] wrote: 15 0-0 draws will keep us up[/p][/quote]You will stir the hornets nest now , It was all quiet on the western front until flashed up those scores. bill bailey
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Yorkie41 says...

bill bailey wrote:
Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag



ue/atificialsurfaces




I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.
Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at
Maidstone.
I suppose one could use shock absorbing insoles on these 3rd Generation pitches, but that would not protect your ankles as I think it would be difficult to turn fast playing on these kind of surfaces.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think.[/p][/quote]I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.[/p][/quote]Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at Maidstone.[/p][/quote]I suppose one could use shock absorbing insoles on these 3rd Generation pitches, but that would not protect your ankles as I think it would be difficult to turn fast playing on these kind of surfaces. Yorkie41
  • Score: 0

11:26pm Sun 9 Feb 14

openallhours says...

I was right about Chambers, and I'll be proven right about RU55 PEN. Mark my words, he's SH1 TT.
I was right about Chambers, and I'll be proven right about RU55 PEN. Mark my words, he's SH1 TT. openallhours
  • Score: -30

7:31am Mon 10 Feb 14

duffy says...

bill bailey wrote:
Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag



ue/atificialsurfaces




I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.
Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at
Maidstone.
The majority of professionals will be using moldies, I think blades are actually banned on many 3g pitches up here due to the increased risk of Iinjury.
[quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think.[/p][/quote]I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.[/p][/quote]Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at Maidstone.[/p][/quote]The majority of professionals will be using moldies, I think blades are actually banned on many 3g pitches up here due to the increased risk of Iinjury. duffy
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duffy wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Yorkie41 wrote:
bill bailey wrote:
Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm.
I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s
If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is.
www.epfi-euopeonleag




ue/atificialsurfaces





I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given
Be interested what you think.
I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.
Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at
Maidstone.
The majority of professionals will be using moldies, I think blades are actually banned on many 3g pitches up here due to the increased risk of Iinjury.
That is interesting DUFFY, But as you probably know FC THUN play in the top Swiss league and in Champions league ( Including against British teams)
By the way Maidstone play in studded boots on this surface and are top of thr Ryman League. So there will always be choices ,about the hardness of the pitch nothing could be harder that a grass surface unwatered there are hundreds of thousands in this country playing on such pitches in the UK I guess that is why you see more and more artificial pitches being used , I look.. around YORK there must be half a dozen Im old in the tooth but I am a fan of the,
[quote][p][bold]duffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkie41[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bill bailey[/bold] wrote: Just getting away from Saturdays game,or should I say getting back to Saturdays matches generally , The SKRIL Conference leagues Voted 2 weeks ago on weather to allow Artificial Surfaces to be used in the 3 leagues rightly or wrongly they rejected the proposal submitted by MAIDSTONE UNITED who are favourites to be promoted to SKRIL SOUTH, They built a new stadium last year £3 million.(Read their web site) Their match was the only game played in their Ryman League yesterday in the Skril 3 leagues 10 out of 33 games were played, It is a fare chance that these conditions seem likely to continue over the next month and its anyone guess if these conditions could become the norm. I don't know how many of you have seen the G3 Artificial Pitches if you have they are a new generation synthetic grass, low maintenance clean and even bounce, they don't burn the skin as the ones I the 1980s If you read the FL Consultation Document it is very interesting you will see teams in Europe, Scotland also use these pitches the site is. www.epfi-euopeonleag ue/atificialsurfaces I Have posted my feelings on here a while back and having seen games played on the surface I am sure over the next 5/6 years approval by the FL will be given Be interested what you think.[/p][/quote]I would have reservations on the use of these pitches because they are very hard on the legs and could be the cause of many injuries. Also how do Football boots cope on these pitches as studs would not be a lot of use as far as I can see Bill.[/p][/quote]Its a fair point .In SWITZERLAND I saw a match at THUN FC and they used bars across the sole not studs ,When my grandson plays on the surface he wears the same, I bought a pair back for him.I honestly don't know what they use in Scotland I don't know if DUFFY knows. I will find out what they use at Maidstone.[/p][/quote]The majority of professionals will be using moldies, I think blades are actually banned on many 3g pitches up here due to the increased risk of Iinjury.[/p][/quote]That is interesting DUFFY, But as you probably know FC THUN play in the top Swiss league and in Champions league ( Including against British teams) By the way Maidstone play in studded boots on this surface and are top of thr Ryman League. So there will always be choices ,about the hardness of the pitch nothing could be harder that a grass surface unwatered there are hundreds of thousands in this country playing on such pitches in the UK I guess that is why you see more and more artificial pitches being used , I look.. around YORK there must be half a dozen Im old in the tooth but I am a fan of the, bill bailey
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