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I am going to the game tomorrow with 5 other people .We are all at the pre match meal. I was at our last match in Jersey where we won our first Championship points around the same time just before Christmas !

There was a board up on the wall of the clubhouse showing zero points for Ealing Trailfinders, `someone ` ! took a number 5 and changed the zero after game. I witnessed another Ealing supporter cry at the end of the game it meant so much to him. It`s only a game they say .

I do remember Jersey supporters being critical of Friday night games prior to the fixtures being posted. It is my understanding that there is a major function on at the club on the Saturday and that is the reason for the Friday night fixture.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2015 at 09:26
The idea that Jersey supporters en bloc have the same view of Friday night fixtures is an unlikely one - some people like them, others don't. 

The game was not scheduled for tonight because of a function on the Saturday - happy to clear that one up.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote No 7 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2015 at 14:52
I never said it was the opinion of every single Jersey supporter but it is well documented on here that the majority of Jersey supporters prefer
Saturday afternoon games. I have seen several complaints by Jersey away supporters about the almost impossible travel arrangements to make away games on Friday evenings and Sundays.

Can you clear up as to exactly why Jersey chose Friday evening ?.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote islander Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 Dec 2015 at 15:31
may catch up with you later No7; ahead of that, you might find that some Jersey supporters have different views about Friday night games depending whether they are home (good atmosphere, easy to get to, trip up with colleagues after work etc)or away (time off work).
 
The starting point for the Friday scheduling was that the popularity of Friday home fixtures was deemed sufficient to increase from 1/14 last season to 2/14 this. Then it was a question of picking which ones: Nottingham due to half-term, hoping that we'd still attract home supporters who might then be leaving the Island for the h/t hols; and this one due to the historic dip in attendances at this time of year. We haven't researched the reasons for this dip, but Xmas shopping seems a fair bet...
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Without wishing to prolong the debate but to add some balance, I do enjoy the Friday night games, they have a different atmosphere to them.  Wouldn't want them every week, but the occasional one thrown in mixes it up a little.  I accept that it does cause headaches for the away supporters though.  

As it happens I was at the last Ealing v Jersey game 2 seasons ago .... on a Friday night.  Great game with a special rivalry with some great supporters, even though we couldn't get the right result.  We made a great weekend out of it and hope to be back again.

Really looking forward to the game tonight just hope we get the right result.


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Well, no need to worry there.  What a performance from Jersey.  Managed the game for the whole 80 mins.  That's 3 league games in a row that we have managed to keep a clean sheet in the second half. Ealing didn't play badly, just weren't able convert possession into points through some solid defending.

Bring on the next game!!
 
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One thing that's great to see this year is Jersey actually playing better in the second half. We actually seem to have learnt to figure out what is going wrong / what is going right and then make appropriate adjustments. Case in point this evening was the one element of sustained pressure Ealing were able to put on us (and resulted in their try) was due to an ability to secure our own line-out ball, largely due to persisting with the shortened 5 man line and Ealing doing a good job of disrupting it with their pod at the front - Made an adjustment, switched to a full 7 man line with multiple options and no linger a problem.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote corporalcarrot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2015 at 09:10

A decent crowd nudging towards 2,000 and a bonus point win - thank goodness Jersey have finally shaken the Friday night monkey of their backs! Sean as always organised a great night and although I personally prefer Saturday afternoons I would be going anyway so let's hope a good win brings some new fans back to St Peter in future.

 

Another 80 minute performance where the strength of Jersey's bench was probably the key difference in the sides. When you can bring Danny Herriott (IMO the best tight head in the league) and Uili Kolo' off the bench against a tiring pack with a man in the bin you create real impact. Nil points conceded in the second half into a strong wind - for a third time in a row. To be fair to Ealing their starting forwards were exceptional and probably had the edge in the first half. Hannay, Preocanin & Co frankly gave Jersey a lesson in how to defend a lineout in that first half (compete for the ball at the front rather than allow the opposition easy ball) but the yellow card at the end of the first half cost them dearly. It's really hard but it's better to give up a try near the touchline than convert it into a penalty try and lose a key player for 10 minutes. Ealing scored an excellent driving maul try and Jersey took it on the chin rather than try to stop it illegally. Ealing have the core of an excellent pack and certainly gave our lads as stern a test as Roth and LS in recent games - they will win more games this season and I hope they do enough to stay up.

 

The strong wind meant it was always going to be a game for the forwards to win rather than the backs but I would still like to see Otto who really has star quality on the wing, with Robling at outside centre and an inside centre who attacks the gain line. I fully understand the rationale of sticking with a winning side though and both Adair & Howe are playing well and have genuine pace. Sam Lockwood was my man of the match. Looking forward to Galway next week - bring it on.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote OldExile Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Dec 2015 at 17:44
A very good point about "only conceding the 5 out wide" rather than the penalty try and often a yellow to go with it. Goes against the grain I guess. If you think you have a strong wing, wait till you go to Galway!!

BTW you will be glad to know Drew Locke was MoM against Titans this afternoon, even though he lined up on the wing!!
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For wing read WIND. Fat finger struck again.
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Originally posted by OldExile OldExile wrote:

A very good point about "only conceding the 5 out wide" rather than the penalty try and often a yellow to go with it. Goes against the grain I guess. If you think you have a strong wing, wait till you go to Galway!!

BTW you will be glad to know Drew Locke was MoM against Titans this afternoon, even though he lined up on the wing!!
Drew Locke is a very special player - I rate him with Guy Thompson & Ben Evans as the best I've seen playing for Jersey here in the last decade . Jersey are having a great season but if we could have Drew back Bristol might not go up this year. I saw Tomas Francis score a great try for Exeter today and very pleased to see Harry Williams at the Athletic match  - another huge cracking player - can we have him back as well please? There are some quality lads in the Championship IMO.
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I have to agree CC, but I would rather we field him at centre where he can give leadership to what is currently a very makeshift back line. Not sure what the thinking is there.
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Originally posted by OldExile OldExile wrote:

I have to agree CC, but I would rather we field him at centre where he can give leadership to what is currently a very makeshift back line. Not sure what the thinking is there.
Agreed.Deservedly MoM today but playing (imo) the best 13 in the league on the wing is not making full use of his skills. That said, delighted with today's result. LS toughed it out against a good side and the same application over eighty minutes -absent too often this season - should see Scottish safe. LS look better with Horne at 9. Personally, I'd move Lydon to ten and put Aaron Morris at full back. Spoke to Matt Williams before the game and has done his ACL, so season over. Devastating for the player and very bad news for LS. Lost our best player so far this season.
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Originally posted by Sussexscots Sussexscots wrote:

Originally posted by OldExile OldExile wrote:

I have to agree CC, but I would rather we field him at centre where he can give leadership to what is currently a very makeshift back line. Not sure what the thinking is there.

Agreed.Deservedly MoM today but playing (imo) the best 13 in the league on the wing is not making full use of his skills. That said, delighted with today's result. LS toughed it out against a good side and the same application over eighty minutes -absent too often this season - should see Scottish safe. LS look better with Horne at 9. Personally, I'd move Lydon to ten and put Aaron Morris at full back. Spoke to Matt Williams before the game and has done his ACL, so season over. Devastating for the player and very bad news for LS. Lost our best player so far this season.


Totally with you on that, Horne has really stepped up. But I think we can make better use of our meagre remaining resources. I am not convinced by Grove at 10, so, yes, Lydon at 10. Williams is a HUGE loss, I guess we just have to keep shuffling the cards as best we can. Ealing is a huge, must win game. Far, far more important than the B & I.
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Agree with everything said above, but I would add that ET really tested Jersey in the first half and we were probably lucky to in at ht with a 9 point advantage. Jersey certainly controlled the 2nd half and if it wasn't for the ref blowing for pens when playing advantage was the better decision, it could have been a bigger win. Ealing will stay up though.
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Originally posted by Brizzer Brizzer wrote:

Agree with everything said above, but I would add that ET really tested Jersey in the first half and we were probably lucky to in at ht with a 9 point advantage. Jersey certainly controlled the 2nd half and if it wasn't for the ref blowing for pens when playing advantage was the better decision, it could have been a bigger win. Ealing will stay up though.

Who are going down then
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To my mind it is a toss up between Ealing and Moseley at the moment with Cornish moving out of the mix.
Both teams have to win about five games out of the remaining eleven if you assume that Cornish wins at least two to pull ahead of them.
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Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Brizzer Brizzer wrote:

Agree with everything said above, but I would add that ET really tested Jersey in the first half and we were probably lucky to in at ht with a 9 point advantage. Jersey certainly controlled the 2nd half and if it wasn't for the ref blowing for pens when playing advantage was the better decision, it could have been a bigger win. Ealing will stay up though.

Who are going down then
I agree with Brizzer (ETF are far too good to go down) but having lost Albion this season I also can't see a bad team this year. I am probably daft thinking Jersey are safe with 30 points after 11 games but the Championship will lose a great club this season however the second half unfolds. I have seen all the teams at least once this year and Nottingham and Bedford are the best sides I've seen so far this season although I still think Briz will go up as long as they lose to Jersey at home in January. My play-off candidates are Briz, Donny, Notts & Bedford with Yorkies & Jersey finishing top half and winning their last four B&I matches and getting out of the group - I can dream but know nowt.
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Originally posted by KnightsBoy KnightsBoy wrote:

Originally posted by Brizzer Brizzer wrote:

Agree with everything said above, but I would add that ET really tested Jersey in the first half and we were probably lucky to in at ht with a 9 point advantage. Jersey certainly controlled the 2nd half and if it wasn't for the ref blowing for pens when playing advantage was the better decision, it could have been a bigger win. Ealing will stay up though.

Who are going down then

Funny that you should ask that KB. Since I posted I have asked myself the same question and I have to be honest, I am struggling.
I think that Pirates have now turned the corner, but need to string a few more wins together. At the beginning of the season I voted for Moseley and I guess that I should stick with that. However, the team that is on the brink of being dragged in and could be the shock of the season (or any other for that matter)is London Welsh.... still a great league this year and nobody is really safe (within reason of course).
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