Nothing We Didn’t Know

On the surface, yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at Grimsby Town should be cause for alarm. In truth it merely reinforced the shortcomings we’ve all known about with this squad long before now. Up front, we’ll do just fine – better in fact if the club’s alternatives to Craig Mackail-Smith prove fruitful (and the club is immediately…

Pre-Season Diary: Arnold (a)

A year ago today some 400 or so fans were at Arnold Town for a night that ultimately would cost Notts County their League One status. As Ryan Krause tangled with Jimmy Spencer in the host’s penalty area, he took with him the majority of the season of our most technically gifted footballer in years….

A Ballad For Balint Bajner?

If there’s one thing this staggeringly poor run of results has taught me, it’s that Balint Bajner could well be the key to anything we forge this season. Clearly lacking in match fitness (or else why would Shaun Derry take him off?), his first half at Boundary Park this afternoon was one of very few…

Pre-Season #7 – Halifax 1, Notts 0

If you’re going to dig out words to describe Notts’ pre-season so far, it won’t be a joyous experience. Baron. Dismal. Tedious. Perhaps at times excruciating. But after yesterday’s defeat at Halifax Town, I don’t think you can argue that there aren’t glimpses of a very good team at times. Yet for whatever reason, we…

Pre-Season #6 – Carlton Town 0, Notts 4

A comprehensive 4-0 Notts victory will have presented manager Shaun Derry with quite the dilemma thanks to trialist Elliot Whitehouse’s second and third goals in two games. Both Whitehouse and Nicky Wroe grabbed a brace each in a contest where Notts also had a goal disallowed for offside (from a pass played backwards) and had…

Pre-Season #5 – Notts 1, Derby 3

Notts County’s first pre-season friendly at Meadow Lane this Summer ended in a comprehensive 3-1 defeat to Derby County thanks to a Chris Martin hat-trick. Having taken the lead impressively through trialist Elliot Whitehouse, Shaun Derry and Greg Abbott’s side went about their task well for the first 65/70 minutes. They played attractive football, won…

Pre-Season #4 – Hucknall RR 1, Notts 3

A second Notts County friendly in 24 hours was lit up by a sensational Jeremy Balmy brace in a contest in which Shaun Derry played the full 90 minutes against Hucknall Rolls Royce. Brad McGowan opened the scoring with his second goal of pre-season, before Tyrell Waite converted a penalty. Balmy’s first of the evening…

Pre-Season #3 – Nuneaton 0, Notts 0

Another largely tedious pre-season affair – this time at Nuneaton Town – ended goalless to ensure Notts County’s pre-season schedule has a recorded a win, a defeat, and a draw. A more settled, more senior County side lined up for the majority of this game but were frustrated by their non-league hosts. Zeli Ismail made…

Pre-Season #2 – Mansfield 3, Notts 1

Notts’ pre-season continued with a bland, disjointed 3-1 loss at Mansfield Town in the baking sun. Centre-back Brad McGowan – in his first year as a professional at Notts – put County in the lead but it was his misjudgement of a high ball in defence that led to Fabian Spiess in goal conceding a…

Pre-Season #1 – Arnold Town 0, Notts 4

Notts County kicked off their pre-season preparations for 2014/15 with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Arnold Town – a win marred by a serious looking injury to Jimmy Spencer. The striker, signed on a permanent deal this Summer was injured in winning a penalty on 20 minutes. Spencer knew straight away something was up, physios…

Notts Ladies Remain Top

Notts Ladies and their Liverpool counterparts shared a goalless draw at Meadow Lane in front of 1,073 supporters – the second time the club has broken the thousand barrier in three FAWSL fixtures. It’s County who will be most unhappy to not take the victory having dominated possession for long periods of the game. A…

New Left Lion Article

Last week I was set the somewhat difficult task of putting Oldham away – the final act of Notts’ latest Great Escape – into words for Nottingham’s Left Lion as part of my monthly Left PieOn column. Just last night the article went live on their website, complete with ill-advised crowd photo. Hopefully people will…