“After a week off whilst myself and the rest of my family moved house (excuses, excuses I know), I am back with my TT Weekly Blog. I did manage to duck out of unpacking to make the Maidstone game last Saturday – not much reward for my efforts was there! Even if we were decidedly unlucky to lose. Anyway onwards with the Blog, previewing the AFC Fylde game and discussing all other #TUFC related issues from the last week or so….”
TT1 – AFC Fylde Preview
The line-up will most likely be rejigged again….
The Herald Express website has been asking supporters to choose their TUFC team (nice to see something different from the HE team). There won’t be many changes from last week, simply because we haven’t many options!
I would go with the following in a 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation:
Clarke, Effete, McGinty, Gowling, Lee, Davis, Lathrope, Dowling, Young, Reid and Murphy
Lee comes back in at wing-back for Jazzi to add dynamism, the experienced Clarke returns in goal (though Vincent has done well), Lathrope in for Evans and Murphy replaces McQuoid.
Dowling had a knock last week so Evans keeps his place if George is out. Meanwhile I haven’t been impressed with McQuoid; he has the aura of someone who believes he should be playing League football – however he is struggling in the National League. Sam D was especially critical of him last Saturday, and rightly so.
But who is going to score the goals?….
The million dollar question! Reidy remains our main hope at the moment. Murphy has been disappointing since arriving, not the fox in the box we wanted so far. Him and JP will both be rusty, but maybe one of them can pop up with something. We also have to make more of those sweet Luke Young set pieces. He’s putting them on a plate – but nobody is hungry enough!
Playing away may just be an advantage at the moment….
as Plainmoor clearly isn’t working for the team this season. Teams are defending stoutly and defending deep, and we just don’t have the edge to get past their rear-guard, plus we seem to always concede a goal somehow. AFC Fylde will fancy a win at their gaff and should be attacking us….leaving space at the back I hope!
Who are AFC Fylde?
Lancashire’s AFC Fylde won promotion as champions of the National League North last season, and are enjoying their first ever campaign at this level of English Football. The ‘Coasters’ are into the 2nd round of the FA Cup after beating Kiddy, and boast hot-shot striker Danny Rowe who has been scoring for fun.
National League Position: 18th
Table Stats: Played: 18 Wins: 5 Draws: 7 Lost: 6 For: 29 Agst: 27 Pts: 22
Manager: Dave Challinor
Key-Man and Top Goal-scorer: Danny Rowe (10 goals)
Last Three Results:
11th November – Aldershot 2-1 AFC Fylde (NATIONAL LEAGUE)
4th November – AFC Fylde 4-2 Kiddersminster (FA CUP)
28th October – Solihull Moors 0-4 AFC Fylde (NATIONAL LEAGUE)
Previous Meetings with TUFC – None!
TT2 – The TT Prediction Poll
“Danny Rowe will probably score, the top-scoring strikers usually do against us – but I think we’ll reply in kind through Reidy and get a 1-1 draw. Not ideal in our situation and I hope the boys return with more”.
TT3 – A New Striker
Strikers continue to be the priority for Owers as he looks far and wide for goals. Ex-Marseille man Guy Gnabouyou has been offered a contract, but no confirmation just yet as he looks for better options probably!. Meanwhile we have made a monetary offer for an un-identified NL hitman…yes you heard me ‘money is on the table!’
Anybody who arrives will be under big pressure to deliver. At least the team is creating chances – at Maidstone there was ample to win the game, but as per usual they were wasted. A cool head in front of goal could lap them up, though life is rarely that simple at TUFC and we have to rid ourselves of the losing mentality, whomever is in attack.
Now where is that INCOMING tweet @TUFC1899??
TT4 – Outies
Chaney, Anderson and Klukowski all loaned out, as Owes metaphorical broom sweeps out the fringe players who aren’t required. Only Chaney for me has a future at the club. If he can toughen up and improve his attitude, Sam is a player – only time will tell if he wants it enough.
I’m sure Yan is a lovely fellow, but he was Mr Invisible in the early games. I saw him a few times and I cannot tell you where his assets lie as a footballer. Maybe with the right players alongside him and a settled position, he will prosper.
And as for Myles, see my tweet below for my thoughts on the defender. Supporters are happy to see him go, a shame considering his work last season – though with recent efforts he’s only got himself to blame.
TT5 – Onwards and Upwards
Ignoring the downwards trajectory of the football team, TT are really smashing it at the moment – well that’s what myself and Luke think anyway! Two big articles have dropped in the last week. First Vicki Fannon talking about her beloved (and all-conquering)Torquay United ladies and who are the jokers in the pack (and who is the team hairdresser). Nice to hear about a team winning isn’t it!
Then Luke dropped another banger with the cracking Danny Racchi interview. Danny is an honest guy who wears his heart on his sleeve, and we hope you enjoyed hearing views on his brief, but busy time at Plainmoor.
There is more to come as we will endeavour to bring more on TULFC, with help from Vicki again. There will be another Catch Up next week, different to Danny but still very enjoyable. Add to that Match Verdicts and Player Ratings, plus anything else we can muster and I think you’ll agree that TT are doing rather well!
Come on You Yellows
Dominic – TT Editor