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on 30/3/2015, 09:17
Musing on our results so far this year, it can't have escaped people's notice that the second half of the season has been far more successful than the first. Nine clean sheets in the league since the turn of the year, 28 points from 14 games and only 9 goals conceded tells a story. We are currently in playoff-chasing form and were it not for our poor home form we would be up there now. If we get 17 points from the final 7 games (5 wins and 2 draws) we will finish on 70 points, with 25 gained in the first 21 games and 45 in the second. It's a good base from which to work for next season. What we will then need is a vast improvement in our home form and a proven striker to help us kill off games that we should have won this time around. As ever, we look forward with hope.
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on 30/3/2015, 19:08
Where would we be without hope?
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on 31/3/2015, 09:43
Hopeless.
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on 31/3/2015, 10:37
We've clearly improved since the turn of the year and for that the management and the players deserve great credit.

17 points from the final seven games would be incredible, but with five of the games against teams above us in the league and the other two being tonight's opponents Prescot, struggling for survival in this league and Kendal, with many ex-City players in the team, our final total could be as low as 60; hopefully not.

Let's remember though that last season we finished with 80 points and in our eighth season in this division, going backwards was not on the agenda.  Overall the season has to be a massive disappointment.
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on 5/4/2015, 17:47
Given the amount of quality teams in the league this year it was almost going to be nigh on impossible to get into the playoffs on our finances.

It's a shame we didn't beat Prescot as then we still would have had a realistic chance of finishing anywhere as high as eighth. This season has no doubt been a learning curve for the squad coupled with key players (Hunter, Kilifin, Taylor) being out for long stretches of the season for one reason or another.

Given our form in the final half the season, I think the signs are pretty positive, especially if we lose two of the league's big spenders this season through promotion (hopefully Salford and Darlington/Spennymoor).

And, despite everything, it's food for thought that two seasons ago in the 2012-13 season our average attendance was 171 with a high of 246. This season our average is 216, with a high of 345, with the biggest gate of the season against Darlington still to come. So things off the field are improving, which is the base we need as a club to continue improving on it! Very Happy

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on 6/4/2015, 21:24
LFC-LCFC wrote:Given the amount of quality teams in the league this year it was almost going to be nigh on impossible to get into the playoffs on our finances.

It's a shame we didn't beat Prescot as then we still would have had a realistic chance of finishing anywhere as high as eighth. This season has no doubt been a learning curve for the squad coupled with key players (Hunter, Kilifin, Taylor) being out for long stretches of the season for one reason or another.

Given our form in the final half the season, I think the signs are pretty positive, especially if we lose two of the league's big spenders this season through promotion (hopefully Salford and Darlington/Spennymoor).

And, despite everything, it's food for thought that two seasons ago in the 2012-13 season our average attendance was 171 with a high of 246. This season our average is 216, with a high of 345, with the biggest gate of the season against Darlington still to come. So things off the field are improving, which is the base we need as a club to continue improving on it! Very Happy

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on 6/4/2015, 22:13
Today's results, with Clitheroe losing to Padiham, should mean that at the very worst we'll finish 12th.

If we can beat Droylsden next up and take advantage of Farsley's freefall, we might just manage the top 10.
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on 6/4/2015, 22:21
Top ten or top half, it's all about next season. I really hope that Mr.Peacock and Mr.Sinclair will be at the Axe next season.
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