The crowd this evening was 404. Oh, and the game was nearly called off (again) because one of the floodlights wasn't working, but the referee decided the players could see well enough.
No, these aren't very interesting facts, but they're about as interesting as the football in yet another goalless draw.
Tonbridge are a very useful side – tough and direct. They outmuscled us and won nearly everything in the air. The sheet of paper for my first half notes was completely empty. There wasn't much on the second half sheet either, except that Lewes were awarded a penalty on 56 minutes and Ben Pope hit a weak shot which the keeper, guessing correctly, had no trouble parrying.
Chances were rare at both ends. The Rooks occasionallty came to life: the penalty was awarded after a few minutes of better play, and when the keeper got down well to save a pile-driver the ball bounced high and he impeded one of our attackers.
Towards the end, as we were hacking the ball anywhere, a draw began to seem like a pretty decent result.
We are just not creating much. The 4 goals against a decent Worthing side seem light years away. Would anybody bet on us scoring 4 again this season? The new right back looks awful and the new striker that started not much better (to be fair none of the regulars really covered themselves in glory but then they haven’t been playing for Stoke). I will reserve judgement on the late sub as he didn’t have much time to impress. Would say see you Saturday but am thinking of boycotting the game due to the public sector workers freebie. Not very EQUALITY when loyal fans have to pay and maybe the leader of Lewes DC on 200k a year gets in for free. Why do we keep giving our product away for free? I am not the only one who won’t be there on Saturday because of this. Virtually none of the freebies will be back so we end up making less money and upsetting the loyal supporters. Crazy.
I won't be there. The BOD obviously think this sort of gimmick is a good idea, but I'm increasingly reminded of the wannabee-politico lot in my student days who used to drive people away from the Union Cafe with their little campaigns irritating people who just wanted to have a bit of lunch, not try and change the world.
Post by baronsdownrook on Feb 27, 2019 23:57:41 GMT
Incredible how we all see things so differently. I thought it was a hard-earned point against a very physical and capable side who are in the playoff places for a reason. We are a shadow of the side that hit the top spot in the Autumn, but we have lost so many key players to injury and of course Jonte has taken his opportunity in L1. The team has had to be rebuilt mid-season! It wasn't a great pen but the pressure was on Pope and it wasn't helped by a long delay as the ref and lino faffed around. If we had won 1-0 with that pen, imagine the different slant people would have on the game...narrow margins.
I thought our new signings did ok. The no 2 is not Brinky but he did OK and had one brilliant run with an excellent low cross which couldn't be turned in, sadly. I don't think the criticism of him is very fair to be honest.
I do agree that the public sector go free idea might turn out to be an own goal. Some fans are feeling hard done by and are going to stay away, which is a shame. I'm a teacher but already have a season ticket...
Saturday against a resurgent Whitehawk will not be easy. A win would do wonders for our confidence...let's hope we get the 3 points. COYR!
Can't comment on the game as I had to collect my son from A&E Pembury but the floodlight failure is interesting - at the last evening game I commented to the guy next to me that two of the towers were down to one working light. We pondered on what would happen if one of those bulbs blew mid-game. Seems we can afford to let people in free but can't afford light bulbs.
I knew the 2’s run into the box would be brought up but a right back should be able to defend and he was caught out(and worse caught out of position) time and time again. And his passing is poor. And he is too easily pushed off the ball. Also, had anybody from the club seen him play before we signed him. I doubt we are scouting in the Championship. Or is a decent CV good enough? We have seen plenty of players at the Pan who were at such and such league club but they are often worse than decent Bostick players. They get released for a reason remember. Sad about Saturday as will be the first game in 10 years that I have missed when I could have gone but this whole community thing has gone too far. We are making a big loss every year remember.
1. Floodlights - the issue is with the firing mechanisms which erratically work. For The DS game on Monday the floodlights took awhile to come on but all worked. Last night one failed to come on at all and the other had one bulb on until around 70mins mark and then a second came on. It’s not as simple as just being able to turn them of and on again - they take quite a while to work.
To do any work on them involves hiring a cherry picker and driving it onto the pitch which would damage the grass significantly at the moment. There’s no further midweek games under lights so it is something that will be addressed in the early summer.
2. The game - We always play better against teams who play football rather than those who are more physical and play it long such as Potters Bar, Kingstonian and Tonbridge. But after a shaky first 15 mins we held our own. Our midfield three were excellent imho and tried to get George in particular behind the full-back as often as we could. Not the best penalty I’ve seen but likewise a very fortunate decision. One of their defenders, in fact the chap who got to the rebound first, was a good two yards in the area before Ben took the kick and within the eyeline of the officials. It may soundike a broken record but we have to put into context of how the squad has been forced to change in the last two months. Two first-choice full backs and a wide midfielder who scores goals out. It was a decent point and we are by no means out of contention for the play-offs. Tonbridge spent big on bringing the likes of Tom Beere, Alex Read and Tom Derry this season.
3. Saturday’s game - This is where the club can’t win. It doesn’t matter what promotion we offer, someone or group will be left out. If we offered free admission to everyone, season ticket holders would say that’s not fair on them. Free admission to anyone who has a Lewes postcode? That would exclude a fair amount of our regular fans. Half price entry to Brighton STHs? What about all other STHs? I’m sure some will disagree and may stay away on principal. I hope they don’t and come to get behind the team.
I think a point was fair enough last night,as for the new players they have to be given time to settle in but time is running out although still a lot of points to play for.The third sub for us was it Oli adeyemo wasnt on long not enough to make an impression but in his short time on he did win the ball in the air every time maybe good to see him start. As for the floodlights their has been some lights off for nearly the whole season and I think that’s rubbish saying you haven’t had a chance to get a cherrpicker on the pitch for the whole season there has been many dry weeks since August to do the work.