Saturday, 12th September The Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying Round
Poole Town FC
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V Barnstaple Town
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Vice ChairmanChris Reeves
Commercial DirectorMark Bumford
Facilities DirectorRod Taylor
Secretary Bill Reid
First Team ManagerTom Killick
Head CoachCallum Brooks
Assistant ManagerJames Wood
Kit ManPaul Ayley
Assistant Kit ManShane Lanchbury
Goalkeeping CoachRobbie Yates
Safety OfficerAndrew Ballington-James
Programme EditorJack Amey
Programme ContributorMichael Lingberg
Programme ContributorSteve Park
Club PhotographerAndy Orman
Supporters Club ChairPippa Daniels
Bar/Catering/Site ManagerDick Thomas
Kitchen SupervisorLiz Gower
CLUB INFORMATIONClub offices: 153 High Street, Poole,
Dorset. BH15 1AUTelephone: 01202 674425
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Ground address: Oakdale School, Tatnam Ground, School Lane, Poole, Dorset, BH15 3JR
CAPTAINS NOTESJamie WhiskenClub Captain
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Afternoon all. So its FA cup day, days every player looks forward to each season, its the unknown of whats ahead, could this be the year we make history for the club?! You ask yourself the same question each year, but once again 1st round proper is our aim. Im desperate to lead the club there, somewhere it hasnt been, but its a long way off right now and in our way today in Barnstable Town, a lower league club but as we all know, that means nothing in this competition and Im sure it will be a tough tie!
We had a successful bank holiday weekend, picking up six points and finishing it in style smashing a poor Frome side here on the Monday. Unfortunately since then we failed to pick up points in a long trip up to Kings Lynn. The club were great and put us all up there on the Friday night, preparation was per-fect, unfortunately myself and Walker were suspended for
that game, not ideal at all but thats football. Lewis [Lindsay] and Spetch came in for us and I thought they both did very well. We lost the game 3-2 but did so well after going 2-0 and showed great character to come back to 2-2, to then concede late on was a hard pill to swallow but we have to learn from it and move on.
Weve improved massive-ly in recent weeks and as a team are gaining confidence game by game, lets hope thats continues today! Get behind the lads!
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S O L I C I TO R S
BOARDROOM NOTESClive RobbinsChairman
This afternoon I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Directors, Players and Supporters of Barnstaple Town FC. who have not, to the best of my knowledge, been to Tatnam Farm before. I know some of our more clued up supporters may tell me Im wrong but welcome to our Devon visitors anyway and a hope for a competitive match in the true spirit of Non League.
The start of this 2015/16 Season has been a bit like the curates egg - good in parts. I have worried since last April that it would take a long time for our lads to get over the title being snatched away by Corby in such nerve tingling fashion and our subsequent play off defeat at the hands of St.Neots. However, the squad, virtually intact from the previous sea-son started off in impressive fashion against Kettering one of the fancied new boys in our Premier League.
This was followed by a hard fought draw away at Hungerford and a scintillating away win at St.Neots which went some way towards avenging our play off result. Against a rejuvenated Chippenham side we were distinctly second best and did not perform to our usual standards on the night losing 1-3. I did not attend the Merthyr game but under-stand it was a fair result given the strength of our visitors.
I did however, go to Slough and was im-pressed by our performance against a dour but uninventive opposition which resulted in a good and convincing win. We then had the goal feast against Frome who are among my favourites for relegation this term. It was therefore, with confidence, that we faced the long trip to Kings Lynn and our preparation was as good as it could be with an overnight stay to avoid playing immediately after a 250 mile trip.
Unfortunately, and despite our best efforts, we lost a close contest by the odd goal and it must have been a dejected atmosphere on the way home. Such atmospheres are thank-fully rare on the Poole Town coach and only
a fool or a sublime optimist would expect us not to have the odd blip along the way to our Championship. I say this not in vain hope but in a genuine ex-pectancy that we will get better as the year goes on and that we probably have the best squad of players in the league.
It is vital that we win today as both the excitement of the competition and the prize money it brings are pivotal in sustaining our growth as a club. I am not being disrespectful to Barnstaple when I say we are favourites to win being the senior club but as we all know this is the F.A.Cup and anything can happen! Lets make sure it is a clinical performance from the boys this afternoon and I can go to a friends 70th birthday tonight with a smile on my face.
One caveat to the above optimism is that we cannot go forward without increasing crowd support and I would urge all those of you who are committed to The Cherries to come on down to us when it is impossible for you to attend a Home match because of ticket limitations. Obviously you have your first preferences in AFCB but we would love to see you more regularly here in Poole to enjoy our own brand of hospitality and entertainment.
Buy your usual 50/50 ticket and maybe one more this week!
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MATCH REPORT MATCH REPORT
Pooles five game unbeaten streak on the road spanning four months finally came to an end after a spirited performance ended in a 3-2 loss to Kings Lynn.
Pooles first ever fixture against the newly formed Kings Lynn town ended in defeat, after coming back from 2-0 to 2-2, before the Linnets snatched all three points with 13 minutes to go.
Poole were obviously without the suspended defensive duo of Jamie Whisken and Michael Walker, mean-ing that Steve Devlin was Captain. However, Killicks matchday squad was strengthened with the returns of Lewis Lindsay and Keith Emmerson, from injury and illness respectively, and attacking jewel Luke Burbidge, coming back into the side after being on holiday.
Neither side got a real grip on the game in the early stages, as both sides had multiple attacks, with the hosts content with shooting from range in the opening exchanges. Will Spetch, playing at centre back for the
first time this season, was involved in some very good defending, with some well timed blocks and tackles.
After about ten minutes, Poole slow-ly grew into the games, as good link up play between the attackers caused a few problems for the Linnets defence. However, the first goal of the game came from a corner Ryan Fryatt getting on the end of a cross to poke the ball home in the 22nd minute to give the hosts a goal advantage.
Like last week out at Slough, Poole almost made an immediate response, as Burbidge broke free, with Gillespie running in support. Burbidge laid it off to Gillespie, who fired high over the bar as the ball cruelly bounced up at the wrong moment, a golden opportu-nity wasted.
Poole slowly turned up the heat, Gillespie fashioning a good chance for himself, before missing the target again. Sadly, Gillespie picked up an injury, which brought an abrupt end to his afternoon, being replaced with Connell in the 40th minute. The last
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MATCH REPORT MATCH REPORTchance of the half came to the home side, as Hutchings did well to get down to a low shot to his right.
There were no changes at the break, and two minutes into the second half, Roberts went on a mazy run, beating two defenders before succumbing to a foul. The resultant free kick was cleared, but only to Lewis Tallack, who whipped it back onto the head of Roberts, who placed it high and wide.
In the 55th minute, Cluman spotted Nick Hutchings off his line, and quickly placed the ball over the keeper into the back of the net. Killick obviously saw the need for a tactical switch up, as activity on the bench saw Luke Holmes come on for Pettefer in the 58th minute.
As Poole were looking for a way back into the game, they won a foul on the halfway line, which was whipped in by Devlin, only to find the head of Kern Miller, who promptly flicked the ball past the despairing arms of his own keeper, into the bottom right of the net. 20 minutes left, and one goal for the Dolphins needed to bring a point back from the East coast. That goal arrived in the form of Luke Roberts, as a minute after Jamie Gleeson came on for Marvin Brooks, managed to fire the ball into the net after a goal-line scramble, much to the delight of the Poole fans behind the goal.
Their joy was short lived, as Linnet substitute Sam Mulready did very well to fire an unstoppable shot past Hutchings to wrap up all three points in the 77th minute.
Pooles long balls into the box were for naught as they were quite easily
dealt with the physical presence of the Kings Lynn defenders, one of which, No.4, was booked for going in late on Steve Devlin, who clearly didnt appreciate the foul, receiving a yellow card for his reaction.
Sadly, Pooles pressure failed to pay off, meaning the Dolphins 440 mile trip was in vain. A season is not won or lost in a game at this stage, so onwards to our next challenge, where we begin our FA Cup game at home to Barnstaple Town of North Devon. They currently reside in the Western Premier League, after winning the Western Division One last year.
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The Fans View
Jack Tanner gives his view on the match:
Pooles spirited comeback was all for naught as we fell at the last hur-dle. With the odds stacked against us, (missing key players in defence
and the long trip) a performance that did the travelling fans proud, with some good spells playing some nice football. Onwards to the FA
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Tom KillickFirst Team Manager
Today we welcome Barnstaple for this FA Cup tie. I have had favour-able reports about Barnstaple and they will provide a big test. The FA cup creates so much excitement at this level of football and I am desperate for us to have a good run. Having said that if you look beyond your first game you normally come unstuck. We just need to make sure we are as good as we can be today and hope thats enough to progress.
Last weekend was a big set back for us. The club were brilliant in funding the cost of the team staying overnight on the Friday so we could have the best preparation possible. We stayed in a really good Hotel and did everything as professionally as possible. Unfortunately, we conceded three terrible goals from a defensive point of view albeit the second was brilliantly executed. That was too much for us to get anything from the game, although at 2-2 we looked by far the most likely winners only to concede two minutes after getting on level terms.
Although it was a long journey it was a great ground and a really good atmo-sphere. Personally, I dont mind doing the miles if you play in a decent atmosphere with a reasonable crowd. Our supporters who travelled deserve great credit for turning up in such good numbers it really does demonstrate a huge passion and commitment for the team and is hugely appreciated.
I was really pleased to see both Will Spetch and Lewis Lindsay back in our starting XI last weekend. They are both brilliantly talented players and if they can both stay fit I have no doubt they will greatly enhance our chances of being successful . Will needs 3 or 4 more
games to be back to his very best but he will get there.
I am due to watch the u21s in action tonight (Wednes-day) and then the U18s tomorrow and it gives me great pleasure to see the quality young players we have associated with or club and if you get the opportunity to watch either the u18s and or the u21s please do so . Not only do they deserve our full support but the standard is very high.
The League table makes slightly dis-appointing viewing for us at the moment but things are very congested and all the signs are that it will be a very open title race this year. We need to stay consis-tent and focused and make sure we are in the mix come February/March. If we are then I think we will be difficult to stop as I firmly believe we will learn from the mistakes we made during last seasons run in. Its the old clich about not getting too carried away with victories or demor-alised by defeats that is the key. If you lose you need the strength of character to bounce back quickly and if you are winning games you mustnt allow any complacency to creep in.
Anyway, today is a nice distraction from our league campaign and I hope everyone enjoys the occasion and we can put on a top performance that will get us through to the next round. I urge you to encourage the players as much as possible today it really does help.