Monday, September 30, 2013

King's Lynn 2 Marine 3

On Saturday King's Lynn took on Marine at the Walks in the Northern Premier League. Marine are a team that I remember from games against Matlock and Buxton when I was a kid. They were always sturdy opposition. Some things haven't changed. They were in mid-table before the match and a couple of points behind Lynn.

The game started off in typical King's Lynn fashion, with them looking robust going forward and vulnerable when hit on the break. Despite the somewhat frantic start the first real chance of the game came on 19 minutes when Dan Jacob came close with a header. However, Lynn's vulnerability on the counter attack was again highlighted when Andy Fowler went up to the other end and scored a well taken goal to put the visitors ahead.

After Marine had taken the lead Lynn pushed and pushed for an equaliser. The next real chance fell for Marine on 35 minutes, again for Fowler and again on a counter attack, but this time he was unable to convert. Lynn did get the equaliser that they deserved before the break when on 35 minutes a set piece was headed emphatically home by the towering centre-half and captain, Phil Gulliver. So, it was all square at the break, but the second half promised more goals.

On 51 minutes Gary Mills was tripped in the box and Robert Duffy stepped up to put the Linnets in the lead for the first time in the game. The Walks was now rocking and Lynn were looking to put Marine to the sword, just 2 minutes after the penalty Jake Jones was upended in similar fashion to Mills, but this time the referee didn't blow his whistle. In the next few minutes Lynn were on fire and a great run from Jones that was just put wide by Dan Jacob was the pick of the bunch of the chances.

It was poor defending by Lynn though, that led to Marine getting level, rather than Lynn extending their lead. On 61 minutes the defence crumbled while the whole of the midfield were committed to attack and Fowler had his and Marine's second.

Lynn were now deflated and despite them continuing to attack in droves and push for a winner it was Marine who were take advantage with Will Jones scoring on 73 minutes. Lynn continued to press, but Marine managed to close the game out. Shame about the result, but it was an entertaining match in unseasonably sunny weather.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Ely City 0 Clacton 1

On Saturday we were back down the Unwin for another lacklustre performance by the Robins, so apologies for another short match report.

Ely started off well enough, but both teams seemed prone to mistakes without creating many great chances. The first real chance was when the visitors had a shot cleared off the line on 31 minutes. However, Clacton did take the lead from a good through ball on 37 minutes to take Clacton in with the lead at the break.

in the second half Ely were pressing, but never really looked like breaching the Clacton goal. They managed to clear the ball off the line twice from 2 Clacton attacks, so the game finished 1-0 to the visitors and there wasn't much sign of improvement.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Photos from King's Lynn v Droylsden

King's Lynn 2 Droylsden 1

Yesterday was non-league day, so like almost every other Saturday we headed out to a non-league game. Fortunately, Ely were playing in Kirkley and as Crusaders had a match in the morning there was no way to make it there, so instead we travelled to King's Lynn to see the Linnets take on the bloods of Droylsden.

After a few years of having things their own way the Linnets are now in the Premier Division of the Northern Premier League and despite having the second biggest attendances in the league they are no longer having things their own way and can no longer be described as big fish in a small pond. Droylsden, mainly because of their proximity to a lot of other clubs in and around Manchester have the smallest support in the division, although they once spent some time in the Conference, much to the chagrin of WELFs (Whingeing Ex-league Fans) who never relished a journey there. Things have been going downhill for the Bloods though, who have recently found themselves on the wrong end of a few hammerings. However, if Lynn thought that they were going to have a return to recent seasons of comfortably beating all comers Droylsden were going to provide stiffer opposition. After losing 5-0 to Fylde last time out the Bloods had added several new players and on this day proved not to be pushovers.

King's Lynn looked the brightest from the start, but they seemed to be missing a target man in the middle. Spriggs as usual was carving through the defence, but it was always too easy for Enes Firmino who was having a great game as centre half for the visitors. When Droylsden did break Lynn looked a bit frail at the back and perhaps a bit more effective going forward. On 30 minutes Shane Tolley replaced Dan Mulready for the hosts and it didn't seem like he was injured, but rather to mix things up in attack. The main talking point of the half was on 33 minutes when Andy Langford clearly brought Stephen Spriggs down in the box, but the referee decided against giving the hosts a penalty. The remaining minutes of the half were fairly evenly balanced, but the best chance fell to Droylsden who had an effort cleared off the line.

Droylsden started off the brighter of the two teams in the second half and Lynn didn't seem to have made a wise move by substituting Stephen Spriggs for Daniel Jacob at half-time. That said, it soon paid dividends when on 55 minutes Phil Gulliver moved up from central defence to take the role of big target man and fire the Linnets into the lead.On 61 minutes Jacob had a chance to put Lynn further ahead, but he stepped on the ball when it would have been easier to score. Lynn by now were in the ascendancy, but Droylsden looked good on the counter attack. To prove the point on 68 minutes the home team hit the bar and then had an effort cleared off the line, but then Droylsden went up the other end Dylan Moloney equalised for the visitors.

It was to be a temporary reprieve for the Bloods though as just one minute substitute Rob Duffy scored with his first ever touch in a Lynn shirt to restore the lead. After this Lynn dug in and defended and managed to close the game out with a slender victory.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Most played bands of August 2013

August 2013 by jim_bomb on Grooveshark

It's taken me a while to get round to this and funnily enough there were a fe Ukrainian and Russian bands in this month's playlist.

1 Бумбокс – Звёзды не ездят в метро
This band have been going for a while, but seem to be flavour of the month in Kyiv with all age groups at the moment

2 ...И Друг Мой Грузовик – Del Piero
Another Ukrainian band. One that I saw live a few years ago about the ex-Juventus player.

3 Кино – Электричка
a bit of classic Russian rock here. Some people on the bridge were playing Kino songs and we also saw the mural for Victor Tsoi that has just opened up in Kyiv. This song more or less sums up my trip to work too.

4 Hladno Pivo – Šamar
A bit of Croatian punk here to spice things up a bit.

5 Воплі Відоплясова – День народження
Probably the most well known Ukrainian band of the last 20 years.

6 Talco - Bella Ciao
The Napoli fans were actually singing this at the Emirates, so I had a bit of a listen to Talco after a long break from the anarchic Italians.

7 Pop Will Eat Itself - Bulletproof
The first British band on the list this month funnily enough.

8 Агата Кристи – Дворник
Some more classic Russian rock. Not my favourites, but good when the mood takes you there.

9 Cage the Elephant - Ain't no rest for the wicked
Cage the Elephant make the list again this month

10 Рубль – В мире животных
The foul mouthed Russians are back on the monthly playlist

11 Paul Weller - Bring back the funk
A track from the mod father

12 Flunk - I love music
The Norwegians are back on the monthly playlist for a second month

13 The Stone Roses - She Bangs the Drums
The Roses are still on the list.

And finally from Ukraine

Unfortunately, my camera ran out of batteries on the day of the Obolon game, but luckily I have this one of me, Sean and Andriy.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Match photos Dynamo v Tavriya Part 2

Match photos Dynamo v Tavriya Part 1

Dynamo Ultras v Tavriya

Pre-match photos Dynamo v Tavriya

Olympiskiy pre-match shots Dynamo v Tavriya

At the Olympiskiy Dynamo v Tavriya

Photos from Ukraine v Israel

As you can see there was some quite heavy rain on this evening. We got a real soaking on the way, but it was our own fault as we left it to the last minute to leave the chicken shack!

Post match photos Dynamo V Tavriya Under 21s

The old fire engine is still there, but not as much in use as it used to be now the first team have moved to Olymipiskiy.

Match action Dynamo v Tavriya Under 21s Part 3

Match action Dynamo v Tavriya Under 21s part 2

Match action Dynamo v Tavriya Under 21s Part 1