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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #30 on: August 17, 2015, 04:48:34 PM »
Thanks for the comments - missed the game again, this time due to visiting Chonburi.
I see no reason to despair about the progress of the Club - many thought that to survive in the TPL would be a triumph in itself and we are fairly set to achieve that.
Yes there's much could be done better at the Club and maybe a change of Manager will come at the end of this season.
MUST catch the next game. ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #31 on: August 20, 2015, 08:16:31 AM »
TOT 0 NRFC 0  20th Aug 2015

We head into the international break with two consecutive goalless draws behind us – unnecessary points dropped in my opinion. We have now only gained 1 point on our visits to the bottom three clubs. This fact, combined with our disappointing home draw with Chang Rai has taken the shine off our encouraging first leg performances.

Our performance against TOT was toothless and uninspiring. Make no mistake TOT are a poor side – 3 points should have been taken, but we lacked penetration of any sort and chances were few and far between. Our clean sheet was nothing to shout about either. To be honest TOT could not have scored in the proverbial brothel.

What has caused this drop in form? It could be that the lustre of our adrenaline laced launch into the Premier League has simply worn off and the soporific nature of our play is a consequence of this or it could be that the physical demands of playing in our first Premier League season has simply worn us down.
 Either way a disappointing and demoralizing end to the season will follow unless we can somehow remotivate the squad. Having said all this, a top ten finish is still within our grasp – and that in itself represents a fine first season in the top tier.
 
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #32 on: August 20, 2015, 09:51:59 PM »
Hey TW. I've watched some amazing football stories over the years.
A Swatcat point is ok, 3 is better of course.
But don't watch it too close - anyone can win in any game.
Maybe Swatcats can get some big wins.
I must admit quietly that I enjoyed the fan bit moreso when the Swatcats were in the lower leagues - but my other team is Torquay United.
Savvy ?
Thanks for keeping us in touch. ATB.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #33 on: August 21, 2015, 10:15:48 AM »
Hi Rodger,
                      Forget my rather downbeat comments, I am over the moon with the progress made by the team. I really do want to see them progress. To me this season should just represent a stepping stone to challenging for the Championship in the coming seasons.
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #34 on: August 22, 2015, 07:13:37 AM »
Hi TW. Didn't think you were downbeat. Next game 12/9. Roll on ...
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #35 on: August 22, 2015, 08:43:29 AM »
Yep, looking forward to the next fixture. Cheers
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #36 on: September 13, 2015, 07:35:44 AM »
Dateline 12th September 2015

Army 0 NRFC 1

A stubborn defensive display at a wet Army stadium was rewarded by a late, late goal by Adido. The men in orange without stars Chivuta and Lindemann exchanged chances with the home team in the first half with neither side able to break the deadlock. The second half saw The Swatcats gaining in confidence and looking increasingly dangerous on the break. In the 94th minute, a precise cross from the ever industrious Lee Tuck was met far post by the dangerous Ghanaian striker for the winner.

 A fine away victory – just deserved in my opinion and the fact that it was achieved without our two foreign stars is a real credit to the side. Another clean sheet for the defence aided, it has to be said, by a couple of fine saves from the keeper.

Well done boys – another 3 points from our next home game will surely cement our top 10 aspirations.
 
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #37 on: September 13, 2015, 12:06:59 PM »
Thanks for that TW- I had the 19th in mind for the Ratchaburi game and forgot this one !
A very useful win to stop the drift downwards.
Ratchaburi a good game to win too. Unfortunately we have to go to a 100 day 'party' that night but give the Swatcats a shout for me.
Did you see Thailand's dogged performance against Iraq ? Slightly lucky to draw I thought BUT it gives Thailand a credible start in their World Cup qualifying campaign. Would be GREAT if they could qualify but not holding my breath.
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #38 on: September 13, 2015, 04:23:21 PM »
Aspirations met atm - today, the Swatcats stand 9th !! End of season ??
Army though have now lost 4 of their last 5 games - serves 'em right ! They sacked Gary Stevens ex Spurs and England earlier in the season - at that time I believe that they were higher than their present 8th position !
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #39 on: September 20, 2015, 08:09:58 AM »
Dateline 20th September 2015 NRFC 2 Ratchaburi 2.

In front of a huge, passionate and raucous crowd (about 18 000 I estimate), NRFC fought out a thrilling draw with visitors Ratchaburi.
 In quite literally a game of two halves, Ratchaburi handed out a footballing lesson in the first half and raced into a deserved 2-0 lead. As usual men left unmarked in the box led to goals as Ratchaburi tore our defence to pieces.

 I was asking myself “who is going to score for the home team”, who displayed absolutely no threat or penetration up front. Why, one may ask, was Adido left on the bench with the absence of Lee Tuck – a tactical error in my mind.

Second half began with Adido being introduced and the home team putting Ratchaburi’s defence under constant siege. A flurry of chances followed with the Swatcats showing real attacking prowess.
My view was that goals would inevitably come. The visitor’s defence wilted under the barrage and sure enough the home team drew level.  In truth NRFC were unlucky not to take 3 points but I guess both teams were happy with a share of the points.

In conclusion, a great match for the fans and a fair result
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #40 on: September 20, 2015, 03:50:35 PM »
Thanks TW. Ratchaburi have been a bit of a bogey team in my Swatcat time. So a good result.
Swatcats have lots to resolve before becoming a power in the TPL but at least they have you.
Thanks for the report.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2015, 11:44:53 AM »
Hi Roger,
             I don't think we are too far off becoming a top 5 team in the TPL. Sure we need to tighten up our defence but we have the ability to score goals and the team has tremendous fighting spirit. Our foreign imports are all quality players. Lee Tuck, Bjorn Lindemann, Noah Chivuta and Adido are in my opinion the "best of the crop" in terms of non-thai players.

It's all about ambition and expectation and of course the hope that the fans keep coming in numbers. The spectacular home support must be worth a goal a game and as we all know ,if you win most of your home games, you will not be far off the top come the season's end.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #42 on: September 21, 2015, 08:30:02 PM »
Hey TW great stuff. But.
Above us in 9th is Army in 8th - Army are 10 points behind 7th !!
I'd love to see top 5 and nothing can be ruled out - remember how the Swatcats got promoted to Yamaha 1 - looked unlikely.
I do hope, we do not have to play Muang Thong or Buriram any time soon ......
Both won 7-0 which reminded me of my club, Torquay United - lost 3-7 at home on Saturday.
Ouch !
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #43 on: September 22, 2015, 06:16:46 AM »
Sorry Roger, badly written comment. I meant of course that we are not far off being a top 5 team in the coming seasons- certainly not this season. 8th place this season would be fantastic, as you say points gulf to 7th is massive.

Basically I would be head over heels with a top ten finish-a great achievement in our first TPL season.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #44 on: September 28, 2015, 07:44:54 AM »
Dateline 27th September 2015

Chainat 1 NRFC 1

In a listless and uninspiring first half, Chainat snatched a well worked goal just before half time. Honours were about even in terms of chances but the first half was marred by some disgraceful behavior from Lee Tuck who received 2 yellows and thus a red, for dissent and then apparently spitting at the referee. This behaviour is not to be condoned and possibly cost the team a victory – and certainly a loss of respect for the team from Korat.

Second half began with an unexpected equalizer, but Chainat continued to exert pressure. Some sloppy passing and inability to maintain possession put the Swatcats on the back foot for long periods. Poor finishing by Chainat in the latter stages meant that we were able to escape with a point

Another pretty average performance - the team has certainly gone off the boil. We would have been slaughtered by a better side. A far from convincing performance but a valuable away point nonetheless.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #45 on: September 28, 2015, 07:29:50 PM »
Thanks Thai Wolf,
Lee Tuck needs to be seriously reformatted by the sound of it.
(Waste your talent if you will Boy !)
Yes the Swatcats are wimping around but - how bad does that make the rest of 'em ?
Hopefully a mid-table finish. Maybe a new Manager 2016/7. Well done so far though.
And sometime I hope the BoD pay some respect back to those very wonderful fans.
The Club have IMHO lost their way those attending - but they keep coming.
Hope to catch the next home game.
ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #46 on: October 14, 2015, 06:58:22 AM »
After another mid-season break, the Swatcats resume against Osotspa on Sunday 18th K.O. 6pm.
Should be a good crowd - the usual advice, arrive to park early in a getaway spot, leave early if you can drag yourself away and, take a wetwipe to clean your seat before you sit down !
Usually a good sporting occasion and a good atmosphere.
This game must be winnable for the Swatcats, even though we are likely to be missing Lee Tuck who is the Official Club Plonker according to reports.
Check the timings please. 6pm atm.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #47 on: October 17, 2015, 12:41:35 PM »
Hi Roger, confusion about kick off time for tomorrow's game against Osotspa. Truevisions TV suggests 7 oclock, TPL facebook page says 6 oclock. TIT  - I suppose I will turn up for 6 oclock kickoff just in case. Russ
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #48 on: October 17, 2015, 05:31:04 PM »
Just confirmed. Tomorrow's match kicks off at 7 oclock. Russ
 
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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #49 on: October 19, 2015, 08:07:49 AM »
Dateline 18th October 2015

NRFC 2 Osotspa M150 0

A well deserved home victory punts the men in orange up to a dizzy 8th place in the Thai Premier League.
The first half showed some good movement and slick passing movements from the Swatcats but the home team lacked any real penetration. The M150 outfit was poor bordering on the pathetic. In my opinion the worst display by an away team this season. Relegation beckons next season if this is a typical performance.
Urged on by the usual tremendous home support (around 18-20 thousand would be my estimate), the home team pressed on and the introduction of the skillful and full of pace Adido certainly added some pep to the attack.
Goals seemed inevitable and eventually a slightly fortuitous shot from Adido broke the deadlock. A late penalty, earned by Adido sealed the victory.

In conclusion, a standard if not brilliant performance from the Swatcats. Next season we need to sort out our attacking options. Either play Adido up front with Tuck – or else we need to obtain a rangy target man - without Tuck and Adido, it seemed tonight that goals would be hard to come by.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #50 on: October 19, 2015, 09:08:52 AM »
Hey Thaiwolf. I made the game at the right time - thanks to your helpful update !
I thought the first half had some good football from both sides but it was clear that when the Swatcats got to within 25 yards of goal, they had no idea what to do.
The second half continued much the same until Adiyah came on the scene. Much like a bit of a bustle from wild man Lee Tuck,  Adiyah changed the game. I expected the Ref. to whistle on Lindeman's aggressive run forward but the opportunistic bobbling goal was indeed good to see !
I missed the second goal - heading for home !
I agree that we need at least one Tuck/Adiyah in the team, preferably both.
Until the substitution, all the forwards looked more like midfielders ! No bite and hustle at all.
However well done to the Swatcats !
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #51 on: October 19, 2015, 03:12:59 PM »
Next game - next Saturday 24th, home again v third placed Bangkok Glass who won yesterday.
BG should provide a stiff challenge !
Kick off at 7 pm.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #52 on: October 23, 2015, 08:01:37 AM »
On the back of a 6 game unbeaten run, NRFC take on Bangkok Glass at the weekend.
The Glass Rabbits pacy front men will surely expose the frailties of the home team’s defence.
 A draw would be great but I fear a third home defeat of the season.

Incidentely, in NRFC’s last 9 games we play 5 out of the top 6 teams in the TPL,
Including, Buriram and MT United… I bet they are quaking in their boots.
Seriously the Swatcats could of course have a massive  bearing on the outcome of the title - ie who will put the most goals on the men from Korat!!!!!!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #53 on: October 23, 2015, 03:54:31 PM »
Now Thaiwolf that's a bit negative.
Remember we've beaten MT before and B Glass - you could be surprised tomorrow.
At least we can feel safe anyway for the 2016 season in the TPL.
ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #54 on: October 25, 2015, 08:21:56 AM »
Dateline 24th October 2015

NRFC 1 Bangkok Glass 0

A superb victory over top 5 team Bangkok Glass has cemented the team’s 8th place position in the league. A truly excellent achievement. In a match that I doubted that we could compete, the home team matched the Bangkok outfit in every respect and showed glimpse of what might come next season – I firmly believe that we are only a couple of players of being a serious threat to the top teams in the future.
In my opinion Bangkok Glass were disappointing – they created little up front and their midfield seemed unable to cope with the tenacity of Chivuta and the undoubted skill of Lindemann.

The first half showed some enterprising and fluent passing movements from the home team but overall both defences were in charge. A mention here of Lee Tuck. We are certainly a more effective team with Lee on the pitch and I sensed that he was showing a more mature approach to his on pitch discipline.

In the second half roared on by the usual passionate support (15-16 k would be my guess), the home team pressed and created a number of chances. A well worked and deserved late winner sealed a fine victory – bring on Buriram and Muang Thong!!!!!
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #55 on: October 25, 2015, 07:55:34 PM »
Thai Wolf may I refer you to my post 1301 before the game.
Gee whizz it ain't often that I get much right on football or whatever.
But just for once.
One of the great things about football is how different people see the same game.
So. Well, in the first half I thought that BG had quicker feet, passed better, played with greater commitment to the point of being blo*dy dirty. They looked clearly the sharper side and it was only a double save of miracle quality by the Swatcats' goalie that kept the score even at half time.
I must comment on the most bizarre Referee I've ever watched !  :cussing BG were lucky to finish the first half with 11 men (evenmoreso at full time). The Ref. lost control in the first 5 minutes when BG seemed quite rattled and panicky in the torrid atmosphere. In the course of the game I think BG got 7 or 8 yellows and then the Ref. worked very hard to give the Swatcats a few to make his report look better. At this level the dissent BG showed was just shocking.
I fancied being out there myself to do a bit of crunching.  :violent
But Swatcats battled away without making a serious threat in the first half.
When they came out again I thought the Swatcats were asleep but they picked it up and by 60 mins were IMO giving it welly.  :evilgrin :evilgrin Btw myself I have never seen Lee Tuck play so badly and he missed our first clear chance. But I agree he played with discipline for once - (Lee Tuck ex Halifax Town who got beaten 0-7 in their last outing at the wrong end of the 'Conference').
So I missed the goal as was heading home by then.
But a great game and a great performance in the end.
If Swatcats can stay in 8th place at the end of the season that will be an outstanding effort.

2 groans - for another home game the giant clock had not been repaired !
And - my Aussie friend laughed at my 'bah humbugs' with the pre-match drivel - whole squad hugs, team kick off hugs PLUS high fives all round badminton style.

I claim the grouch prize for October.  :-[ ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #56 on: October 26, 2015, 11:21:20 AM »
Hi Roger, yes fair comments - I will lay off the predictions in future!!!! One of the most disappointing aspects of BG's play was the rather physical approach. Disagree with you on Lee tuck. He may have missed a sitter but it was made by a very intelligent forward run. He adds more options to the team's attacking approach and as always, he worries the Sh*t out of most defences.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #57 on: October 26, 2015, 01:43:30 PM »
Hi I agree Lindeman played well and Lee Tuck does shake up defences - but how many TPL goals this season - 1 ?
Next season we need to sign one or two stronger Falang IMO. ATB
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #58 on: October 26, 2015, 05:28:47 PM »
Swatcats have a winnable game against a struggling BEC Tero team on wednesday. Given The Swatcat’s encouraging form of late (7 games unbeaten), anything short of a victory would be disappointing.
 

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Re: SWATCATS in the Thai Premier
« Reply #59 on: October 28, 2015, 08:20:42 PM »
Dateline 28th October 2015

 BEC Tero Sasana1 NRFC 2

 In truth, a rather fortuitous win but our 8 game unbeaten run goes on. This team is exceeding everyone’s expectations and shows no signs of letting up.

The first half started with a flourish and a nicely flighted Chivuta free kick led to an early opening goal for the visitors. Tero were passing the ball around well and looked a decent side going forward.

A sending off (a slightly harsh decision I thought – a yellow would have surficed) and a serious injury ending in a substitution seemed to set Swatcats back and a well taken equalizer soon came. Apart from Adido missing a sitter and a thunderous late strike deflected away from goal, the Swatcats offered little with Tero dominating possession.  I suspect that based on this first half performance the Fire Dragons will still be breathing flames in the top tier next season.

At half time the Swatcats were reeling and on the back foot – I think we would have settled for a point at this stage – we were getting our bushy feline tails burnt!!!

The second half began in a similar vein with Tero pressing and the visitors unable to keep possession. Lee tuck was brought on and this coincided with the “men in black” gaining a little more possession.  A well worked Chivuta goal put the visitors ahead and despite some late Tero pressure the Swatcats held on for a very useful 3 points.
 

 



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