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by Suffolk Blue
Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:29 pm
Forum: Barrow AFC
Topic: Barrow v Bromley Match thread
Replies: 67
Views: 3573

Re: Barrow v Bromley Match thread

Jim wrote:
Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:07 am
geobarrovian wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:09 pm
It's too early to be talking about next season it is only February, a lot can happen between now and the end of this season.
I was about to post similar. We should not be discussing retained list in February.
Other than perhaps a couple of posts above, I dont think we are seriously discussing the retained list and I agree there's plenty left in the season to go well or not so well. This is BAFC after all and perhaps our motto (in Latin if there are any Latin scholars out there) should read something like "Never take anything for granted".

What we perhaps can and should be doing (and hopefully are beginning to do) is to construct a strategy for next season that we dont then have to put in a brown paper envelope headed "Only to be opened on 1st May in the event of survival". Planning is something we all do but at a club like ours tends to be something of a luxury. If we achieve nothing else this season than the ability to think ahead and plan for the future then we will have achieved something meaningful. Strangely this was always something the Cassons used to bang on about but for one reason or another never really achieved.
by Suffolk Blue
Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:37 am
Forum: Barrow AFC
Topic: Barrow v Bromley Match thread
Replies: 67
Views: 3573

Re: Barrow v Bromley Match thread

Well its all got a bit grey, gloomy and miserable on the forum all of a sudden to match the February weather! So much gloomier than on that warm and pleasant afternoon in April when an overpaid disinterested rump of a squad did its damndest to get itself relegated against a Chester side bankrupt and full of schoolboys. A squad which then included Dixon, Jones and Bartram who just about everybody agrees have now raised their games by at least one playing level this season.

Everybodys entitled to think what they want but sometimes a reality check is needed. Firstly stats can often tell a misleading story but by my reckoning we've lost one league game in the last twelve, playing Fylde twice, Salford, Wrexham and Solihull during which we've conceded I think 8 goals. We've lost the most capable midfield player we've seen in years thanks mainly to his a**ehole agency and also a very talented striker in Tyler Smith who's since started scoring for a team two divisions higher. Those who want to dismantle the defensive part of the squad and get a new one must therefore have some great replacements in mind.

The problem, as is obvious, is in the goals scored column. Our average is barely one per game. Were this average closer to 1.5 the fact is that we'd be a play-off contending team. Both Blyth and Hindle are very hard workers but they have not consistently demonstrated an ability to score goals. To be fair to Hindle he still may well finish the season with a double figure goal tally and that wouldn't be that bad in a team with lots of attacking flair. Jacob Blyth is an enigma. He has lots of the right attributes for a decent striker and he is not lazy. But he lacks mobility on the ground and in the air and has the demeanour of a guy who's body, even at a relatively young age has taken quite a bit of abuse.

So here we are in early February contemplating the seasons end already with such gloom. Anybody really think this is really better than last season when we all traipsed off to far fung places hoping that our uncannily good away form might save us? Who's up for not bothering to turn up in April?

If the complaints are about the core of the squad then they probably have some merit. One of Ian Evatts unforeseen qualities has been his ability to work with talented but raw U-23s from decent EFL sides who we couldn't afford to buy in a month of sundays but can utilise temporarily. All of them have improved. Many have added to their value and we are increasingly seen as a safe haven for youngsters in development which in turn leads to better quality players being recruited. Norrington-Davis is a shining example of this, a guy bemoaned in this thread when he doesn't play. As an aside JJ Hooper who scored the Bromley goal yesterday is a loanee from Grimsby via Port Vale who I think has scored 9 in his last 11 games. I doubt Bromley would be in such a comfortable (boring) mid table position without him. We are not unique.

So there is a noticeable quality gap between our retained squad and our loanees all of whom we lose at the end of the season anyway. This is a reality of our club now trying to operate within a less generous budget so rather than moan about it lets embrace it. Early safety therefore would constitute an opportunity to look at the core and where possible stengthen it and broaden it. And I cant think of anybody I'd rather entrust with this than Ian Evatt.

I'm a cup half empty guy and therefore probably fit the average profile of a BAFC supporter pretty well. But I'll say now that as far as I'm concerned we are looking at one of our best seasons in recent years, better certainly than those rather frenzied months under Cox when people were dreaming of play-offs and promotion, but when in reality these aspirations were built on vapour. This season we've gone through a change of ownership, change of management and a significant change in playing style with a reduced budget. Yet I dont detect any imminent threat or approaching cataclysm and the supporters courtesy of the Bluebirds Trust are bearing down on a 50k share in the club. And still here we are sat in the top half of the table as I write.

Perhaps we are a group of supporters that are so used to feeling the drama around us that we actually derive some wierd adrenolin rush from it and miss it when its not there.

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