Well that's it then! Why, oh why, oh why did it happen. Who can I blame? Being human of course means we blame everyone but ourselves! I look back at all the great days I've spent at Plainmoor...all those fantastic times I spent in the mini-stand and that alone should have prepared me for todays result! So how could it have happened, and why, oh why, oh why didn't I put us down to lose 1:0? I got the last FOUR 1:0 loses on the bloody bounce...I'm so bloody pissed off!
Did anything else important happen today?
My Karma persuaded them
Therefore, I received this harm
Because of that, didn't I make that person fall in the hole of the hell.
Well Swanny there was nothing to boo today so I wasn't surprised most clapped the players off the field. In the main I was pleased with the effort and application, we pressed and dominated for most of the match. Just another in a very long list frustrating games where we just cannot stick the ball away. That has been and still is the reason why we are in this position and seemingly unable to halt the pattern of losing, usually by a single goal and dominating the play for large passages. The young players who have come in are doing a pretty good job and I thought we looked well set up and fairly balanced considering Greavsie's options particularly up front. Bodin again failed to make any impact in the time he was on the pitch he is the shadow of the player we saw when he arrived on the scene so wasn't really a miss when he went off injured.There were some good determined performances and I thought DR defended pretty well which Im certain was a reaction to last weeks heavy home defeat. Even with a win today the odds were firmly stacked against us and in all honesty Im glad in a way that the two seasons torture is now over though thee are no guarantees that next season will be any better though I live in hope we can make some sort of challenge and not continue to struggle week after week particularly on our own patch. On another thread I have put up some cuttings of one of our great escapes with headlines reading how it was all going to be put right next time around. Well we ecertainly put it right the following season when Roberts inherited the club. It makes interesting reading just eight years on. Two seasons ago we were all rejoicing in our success - the double over Plymouth etc etc Did any of us then think we would be in this position just two seasons on? It hasn't surprised me in all honesty we have a long history of being a roller coaster club. Although not confirmed mathematically we are all but down and are dangling over the precipice by the tiniest of threads which could finally and most likely snap on Monday at St James Park.
That's what I was thinking about today. Just two years ago we looked set to go up automatically and they looked set to go down to the Conference. We had done that glorious double over them and I dared to think that we could be two divisions above Plymouth. I knew, really, that they would climb back from their problems and we would sink, but I don't think I ever imagined in my worst nightmares that it would change so quickly. And so bloody typical as well.
oh well it looks like the promotion budget war chest will have to come out next season,bloody shame a anti relegation budget wasnt dished out.It looks like lee mansell will be gone now,spoke to his dad yesterday,stay up he would be offered a contract,go down he will be shown the door he dad says.What the board fail to remember is possibly 12 over teams in the conferance will also get a promotion budget,so its goodbye football league,after 60 short months despite being re-assured by the board that it wouldnt ever happen again.And not a post match word from anybody re yesterdays usual 1-0 loss,its mushroom farm syndrome.You couldnt make it up,not upset but darned bloody angry,it didnt need to come to this
what a person is told is not half as important as what they think they have been told
I guess my first visit of the season to Plainmoor was a microcosm of the entire home campaign. Sat in the sun, it was hard work maintaining attention from the third row of the Bench. The word "soporific" came to mind more than once.
My first experience of the Bench too; I was hoping to stumble across Alpine Joe. Alas; not this time. But, given his previous vivid descriptions of the half-time interval (frequently more gripping than the game itself), I'm sure AJ would have had a field day with yesterday's efforts to find some soul - any soul - to do the cross-bar challenge.
It will be just a brief perch on the Bench for me. I was due to be met at Plainmoor at 12.45. I arrived at 12.30 and managed to buy a popular side season ticket in the intervening fifteen minutes. I'm sure I'll not regret using that quarter-of-an-hour to stroll around Cary Park instead.
Soporific bugger never heard of that one Bart. I often think you dream up some of these words but then I think back and realise my education at Highweek Buys scholl was pretty poor.
Loyal I think we have to look at Darwins explanation and theory of evolution to realise that as much as we want to survive and prosper certain circumstances out of all human control will dictate whether we are survivors or doomed to become extinct. I may get some stick for this but believe Thea and the board have done all in their power to prevent the "extinction" of TUFC. In hindsight its easy to suggest things that they should perhaps have done differently. We all know that we have always struggled to attract players of quality, particularly in recent years, able to compete with our rivals on many levels so it was only a matter of time before we become just another statistic and in honesty have done pretty well up until this point to keep our heads above water. There are just to many factors conspiring against a club like ours and its not just down to individuals who are making very difficult decisions week in and week out.
The weak will succumb and the strong will survive . A fact of life.
I guess my first visit of the season to Plainmoor was a microcosm of the entire home campaign.
The sun was out to welcome home Barton Downs, and how pleasing it is to know that he's already signed up to suffer alongside the rest of us next Season. Microcosms abounded as the big screen timed Elliot Benyon's first offside at 43 seconds into the match, the familiar calls of 'Sort it out Hargreaves' caught the warm breeze as another defeat moved towards it's usual inevitability, and Dale Tonge involved himself in some penalty action.
Soporific might have been a word that came to mind as I drowsed in the sunshine if it weren't instead for the constant thought that Wayne Burnett looked just like he'd stepped off the set of Dallas, having filmed a scene at Southfork Ranch. The jacket with elbow patches, the heavy jeans, thumbs tucked in holster, as gunslinger Burnett (above) tells his posse to head Benyon off at the pass and then to let him have it with both barrels. Just give him a stetson and he could have accompanied Miss Ellie to the Oilman's Ball.
No Billy The Kid in evidence, but we did have a half hearted midfield shoot out between Billy Bodin and Dagenham midfielder Billy Bingham. Bodin suffered a direct hit on 40 minutes and had to be carried back to the ranch for treatment, as he was replaced by Daniesta.
The Gulls had started brightly. Some fevered early attacking saw us unable to prod the ball home during some disarray in the D&R defence, and I think it was Cap'n Manse who went agonisingly close with a free kick.
Above: 'Going down, sitting down, feeling down' Unfortunately 3pm would bring about the familiar microcosm for these Gulls fans to endure.
One of the main talking points of the first 45 minutes was whether Brian Saah's challenge on the sprightly Coulthirst warranted a red card rather than the yellow that was shown. I rather got the impression that Coulthirst intended going to ground from the challenge, but you would really have needed to be viewing it from the perspective of the Popside to clearly see whose leg went where and when and how contact was made.
We'd been unable to make the all important goalscoring breakthrough, and Ricey had been largely untroubled at the other end, so we therefore reached the interval with the scoreline reading Gulls 0 Wayne's Cowboys Daggers 0.
How much money did Deano have to give away at half time I hear you ask ? Well equal amounts of both £325 for both the Crossbar challenge and the 50/50 draw is the answer. I think the winner of the 50/50 hailed from Swindon and his ticket matched Dean's call of No.65744. The crossbar challenge was altogether a more strung out affair, and I wondered if second half kick off would have to be delayed to accommodate it. The initial selection of No.67060 didn't elicit a response, forcing a redraw that gave the opportunity for holder of ticket No.66132 to come forward. Still no luck, and so an increasingly exasperated Deano moved on to a second re-draw, as ticket N0.6568 (possibly missing a digit) was selected accompanied by a one minute time limit within which the holder had to make themselves known. As the full sixty seconds ticked away we then proceded to have a fourth drawing of the Crossbar challenge number and when No.67157 was called out a woman and youngster did appear....only to declare that neither of them would be taking any penalties.'Malcolm' took three poor penalties on their behalf ( If only they'd let 'Quick On The Draw' Wayne Burnett pick the numbers it would have all been concluded in half the time) as the half time fun drew to a close, but not before my spirits were further lifted as the half time score from Dean Court was announced conveying the joyous news that the Owls were already 2-1 in front.
The second half didn't produce any particularly flowing football, the high ball over the top of the defence for Benyon to chase remained the preferred option. We did what we could from some set pieces, but a little against the run of play then found ourselves in the customary position of being one nil down, as unlucky Dale Tonge conceded a penalty.
Jordan Chapell and Ashley Yeoman joined the fray, but couldn't help conjure up a goal. Benyon broke clear but unfortunately also produced a Benyonesque finish as he blasted the ball at the Directors Box rather than at the goal.
Four minutes added time didn't see any change to the scoreline, although Martin Rice did well to ensure it remained as a tried and trusted single goal defeat rather than a bigger margin.
Bailey Cargill had a good game considering his tender years and lack of football league experience. Ben Harding could be reasonably pleased with his afternoons work, and Shaquile Coulthirst worked hard despite close attention from D&R's defenders.
OK, yes it does all seem a bit bleak at the moment, but just think....in 12 months time we'll be inviting Felix down for the Promotion Party !!
Above: Full time, and the Plainmoor Faithful scurry off to buy their early bird season tickets for 2014-15.
Last Edit: Apr 19, 2014 13:27:12 GMT by Alpine Joe