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McCann v Mckimm

By rwakeley13/8 01:03Sun Aug 13 01:03:46 2017

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Points victory on the day to Tonbridge. Underlying all things considered, unfinished business.
I have never seen a game so influenced by one characteristic. Goal-kicking. I have a niggle with our retention following a goal-kick. Their keeper, top lad, every kick resulted in possession and effective passage of play. Us 50/50 we give back the emphasis even when dominant. The emphasis swings despite being dominant. Overall performance brilliant. Left and Right backs utilised in enhancing balls into the box. We watch everyone else do the basics and incorporate logic.
Newbies look promising. Arthur Lee was utterly outstanding - and Murphs stemming the incoming flack - doubt they will be harder pressed all season. Commendable stuff. I thought their C/H was the difference - he matched ours for something special and denied us our chance.
Fair play to the Tonbridge set up. They have a bit of quality - a very good manager - we have to compensate in other qualities. There's not a lot to separate those protaganists - let's hope we can maintain our duel.
This underdog has some bite.

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Re: McCann v Mckimm

By PF14/8 15:31Mon Aug 14 15:31:35 2017In response to McCann v MckimmTop of thread

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Better than last season's 4-1 at least that I recall. I think the key is to do badly in pre season haha! The team is just too up for impressing pre-season and when the real thing kicks off they've sort of played too well if you catch my drift and can't quite cut the mustard. They've sort of boosted expectation for the start and then the real thing doesn't deliver as everyone hopes. It's just one game but it seems to be a repeating pattern for the Greens it seems. Mind you Tonbridge is obviously a very hard start so it's all good. I think home form is gonna be key to the season. We all saw signs of SJP slowly becoming a proper "home" for the team but by golly it took ages! Need to hit the ground running v Enfield. Might have to scrape that tenner together from somewhere... :-)

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Re: McCann v Mckimm

By ChrisHFC14/8 18:40Mon Aug 14 18:40:24 2017In response to Re: McCann v MckimmTop of thread

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Historically, our record in the opening league match of the season is patchy, irrespective of our pre-season performances. This includes a run of 24 seasons when we failed to win our opening league match, winning in 1968 with our next win coming in 1993.

Historically again, and based on our full league records against Tonbridge and Enfield Town, we were almost guaranteed to lose both our opening matches. Our records against them at the end of last season were:

v Tonbridge - P18, W2, D3, L13
v Enfield Town - P10, W1, D1, L8

Interestingly, we've never lost to Enfield Town in cup matches!

These records have to start turning in our favour sooner rather than later. Tonbridge's should have done on Saturday, let's hope that Enfield's does tomorrow night.

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Re: McCann v Mckimm

By David B15/8 13:27Tue Aug 15 13:27:01 2017In response to Re: McCann v MckimmTop of thread

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The record in Tonbridge is almost as bad as it could be and our only point at Longmead was in the 3–3 draw, a match notable for Ben McNamara dropping the ball over his own line as he tried to throw out the ball. We have also had a few red cards and players hospitalised too.

This is the full tale of woe against the Angels:

2004–05 L 1–4 (Dave Hunt)
2006–07 L 1–3 (Belal Aite-Ouakrim)
2007–08 L 0–4
2008–09 L 1–5 (Jamie Busby pen)
2009–10 L 1–2 (Billy Dunn)
2010–11 L 1–2 (Belal Aite-Ouakrim)
2014–15 D 3–3 (Lee O’Leary, Leon Smith, Casey Maclaren)
2015–16 L 1–3 (Kezie Ibe)
2016–17 L 1–3 (Karl Oliyide)
2017–18 L 0–1
P10, W0, D1, L9, GF10, GA30

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Re: McCann v Mckimm

By John Rogers14/8 16:50Mon Aug 14 16:50:21 2017In response to Re: McCann v MckimmTop of thread

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Tonbridge away is a devilish start - but the overall performance warranted better than a defeat. Just two moments in front of goal defined the afternoon. Matt Ball's penalty and Nathan Elder's goal. I felt in much better spirits after Saturday than I did after Worthing last year and am positive that performances of Saturday's ilk will see us comfortably off this season.

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Re: McCann v Mckimm

By rwakeley14/8 18:19Mon Aug 14 18:19:46 2017In response to Re: McCann v MckimmTop of thread

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I agree wholesale - I think the Gaffer's done an exceptional job. Impressive performance Saturday. Bit more clinical, we would have won. Two lad's to come back in midfield will galvanize us. The elephant in the room for me is accommodating Niko up-front, with Kezie missing out.
After a couple of in-different campaigns, it's nice to feel some genuine optimism. A couple of positive results will bring enhanced confidence. We dominated spells of the game Saturday - it's been some time since I've thought that.
One Hendon fan I spoke to with regards to Marcel considered him an 'impact' player. I think that is an excellent point. When chasing games, something different, maybe a missing component. Vital points were gained late on through substitutions and going blitzkrieg.
We owe it to ourselves to fulfil our potential - our work-rate at Tonbridge was outstanding, replicate that standard consistently and we're in business.

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Re: McCann v Mckimm

By dw15/8 18:38Tue Aug 15 18:38:23 2017In response to Re: McCann v MckimmTop of thread

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Marcel is certainly an impact player. With so many substitutes allowed, it's a worthwhile investment. Braintree will be well aware of his value in this respect.

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