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  2. It's all of course in the name though. Same reason why a tshirt from Gucci probably cost £300 yet one made exactly the same and to the same quality in Primark is £8. 😅
  3. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    I totally agree with the above post. So frustrating to find a glove that fits well and works great, only for the to stop making it and introduce "Revolutionary New Technology" which makes the gloves worse haha The price of the large brands are disgusting though, Reusch, Sells and Uhlsport are now charging way over 100GBP for a decent pair of gloves. Whilst I would say the build and quality of Reusch and Uhlsport is decent (Sells are really badly made and fall apart quickly) its certainly not worth the huge increase in price over say Fline, the one glove and KA.
  4. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    Finding a good fit can be frustrating, especially these days and the majority of us will buy gloves online. Back in the 'good old days' I could go to a sports shop and try the gloves on before I bought them. The price of gloves today is just absorbed, forget all the stuff about how they spend money in R&D etc etc. If 'template glove' brands can produce a glove that has grip for under £20 Im sure the bigger brands could too.....if they wanted. I remember buying match gloves, 20 years ago, yes I know to you youngster that will seem like a looooong time. But I use to buy match gloves Sondico(before they were just a name licensed by Sports direct on cheap gloves) for £11.99 and the king of gloves...reusch for £15!!! I remember becoming aware of negative and roll finger cut in 2004. That's when I moved away from flat palm. Negative cuts do nothing for me either, but I do like a roll finger. But here's the thing, I loved the Puma Icana gloves in a roll finger. Match gloves for £35 (end of the season they were £20 a pair, I think that was just keepers I purchased them from) They were a size 8.5, fitted perfectly. two years later and a Puma 8.5 is miles too big for me. I drop down to an 8 or 7.5 in the glove. But I still had a pair of Icana and they still fitted fine, so there must have been a shift in sizing. But I find a pair of gloves I like, for example, I had some DH-One gloves with a yellow finger, cant recall the model. Loved them, they were brilliant. Then at the end of the season they stop making them and bring out a new glove. I buy them but was slightly too big. I moved onto COM (Chasing our masters gloves) fitted brilliant, liked the grip etc. They stopped selling on ebay and there website wasn't updated, so they was gone. Then I had some F0Line gloves last year, liked the fit so bought a couple of pairs. End of last season they appear to become end of the line. Obviously a new glove means a new price, but its a shame that the gloves are discontinued each season and the design changed, especially if there's nothing wrong with them.
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  6. I just wanted to make the point that I'm not scared of getting hit by another player, I seem to have become scared of coming for the ball and missing it. 😅
  7. I know the bigger brands are a bit notorious on various keeper sites, mainly gloves but I do love Nike kits lately. Used to always be Adidas but they all seem a bit gamey, Nike have really impressed me with their kits last season and this. I've tried all sorts of gloves as you can probably tell. But for some reason I find it hard to find a really good fitting roll finger these days. Usually they tend to be too baggy like the Sells ones I used last season or too tight. And I have never particularly rated negative cut gloves, I've never really seen what all the fuss is about, but flat palms, I love the way they fit, the feel they give me on the ball and I feel like they give a better catching area than a negative. I avoided Reusch for years because of their prices, but I have picked up a few for sale pairs (which are still probably top end prices of some other brands), but the build quality, and grip / durability on Reusch really impresses me. Also on the Reusch I have always been a fan since the first pair in 1999 of their gloves with the Duo latex.
  8. To be fair the Leatherhead League is quite impressive. When I joined a team in the Morden & District leagues in 2009/10 there was a Premier Division and then down to Division 9 so ten leagues in total. Last season there was 2 divisions and now the Morden & District has folded with a lot of teams moving over to the Leatherhead & District Leagues. Also never seem to get a lot of trouble if any at all. The Morden Leagues were notorious for punch ups. I think you are right about me, in that I massively over analyse myself, I think mainly because I know how good I can be, so when I do let a soft one in I go massively hard on myself. I actually really enjoyed Sunday, I felt more relaxed and that allowed me to try and be a bit more aggressive in how I played. I used to play a lot like that when I was younger, my Dad and some of the other Dads used to call me a sweeper keeper years and years before the likes of Manuel Neuer started doing it, but when I fucked my ankle up at 18, I've never been that aggressive, and probably hold back a bit since. Also I had a couple of times I slid out for the ball and missed it or gathered and then fumbled the ball and it has really put a doubt in my mind about coming out for through balls.
  9. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    Your kit....................Nike..............(an old joke on here) Gloves: Reusch Prisma Pro G3 Duo Black Hole. Didnt know flat palms were still a thing? I use to like wearing reusch, but switched to brands on here which were cheaper. Such as Bramic DH-One and F-Line (Which I still purchase) Nice boots though
  10. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    Never knock the standard your playing at, the main thing is your playing! Now I had a look at the leatherhead league, and i have to applaud. To see a Sunday league running still with TEN divisions is impressive!! Maybe you are over thinking your game and performance? Dont be too hard on yourself either. Try to enjoy your football, then after th egame just think where you could improve on things, dont beat yourself up. Perhaps they scored a goal and you got a hand to it, if you got your hand to it then maybe in future you could save it. Little things like that, make sure your fully warmed up before a game as well. stretch etc, get a feel for the ball and the grip of your gloves. check out the goalmouth...especially if an away game.
  11. Two all draw today against a very youthful Ewell Corinthians team. I would say actually the result was probably fair on the run of play, but it took a late equaliser from us to get a valuable and well earned point, and we almost stole it at the death, but it was cleared off the line. I decided myself that I needed to be a bit more positive and aggressive in my play as for too long I have held back a bit and put my defence under pressure at times last season and this. First chance came about 2 minutes in, a ball through which I thought I could get to, so I ran out for the ball, and yet realising I wasn't getting there I knew I had to just carry on and do the best I could, and as I threw myself at the ball their left mid smashed it high and wide. Another chance fella to their forward who cut inside and from about 9 yards out smashed a shot goal wards. It was a bit unorthodox from me but I managed to get a strong hand on the ball and over the bar as I dived to my left. Then a free kick from deep was pumped towards their big centre back and I came and punched the ball away. Their first goal was a travesty, twice our lads had a chance to clear it and took too long, the ball falling to Piercey our CB inside our box about 8-9 yards out, just had to go! But for some reason he decided to try and dribble past their striker who robbed him, took a touch and rolled it into the bottom corner. 0-1. Stayed that was until half time, and to be honest we didn't play at all well first half and that goal summed it up. Second half we started slow again, but held firm at the back they had one shot across goal I got finger tips on but the ref gave us a throw in. 😂 I would say probably 70ish minutes in we managed to equalise, a shot from Jay who was playing RM went across goal and Mike came in at the back post and bundled the ball home, making it look a lot more awkward than it should have been. 1-1. By this point we were the team on top but then typical of us a lapse at the back, a high ball over the top, I called to Dan another CB to head it back to me, but fuck knows what he done, he kind of let the ball drop and spun around it, their striker stealing it off him and one on one he rolled the ball across me into the far bottom corner, just inside the post. 1-2. Again we got ourselves back in it, Mike finishing off a nice move to make it 2-2. Then almost straight from the kick off again the ball down our left, their guy played a lovely ball along the deck of the area, I closed the guy in coming who hit it first time straight at me. Then another through ball late on and I came rushing out and slid out to clear ahead of the same player. 2-2 the final result, I think a win for either team would have been unjust really. Oh and my kicking was better today. Kit: All Red Nike Goalkeeper kit. Boots: Black Adidas 18.1 SG's. Gloves: Reusch Prisma Pro G3 Duo Black Hole.
  12. I've asked my manager to bring the orange bollards down next week and I will do a little proper warm up to the side of the goal from now on. Not a great standard, just Leatherhead & District Division 6. My biggest problem is I am better than I have been showing and I know it and it is really starting to piss me off.
  13. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    If people smashed the ball at the goal in the warm up i simply walk out of the goal and move to the side. Rather get a feel for the ball, get my feet moving and stretched etc. Leave them to smash the ball at an empty net. What league u playing in? AFA league? Middx County?
  14. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    Know the feeling. Problem I have is that I really enjoy trying new gloves etc. I'll normally use a pair for maybe 6-7 games and then want to try something else. I normally keep then in storage and will go back and use a few pairs again when I fancy it. Picked up a pair of the One Glove Pulse SL last week in the big sale they had. Really strange fitting glove, the fingers are great the padding is good, wrist entrance and strap feel nice. The double wrapped thumb just feels strange, if used on a normal roll or neg glove it would fit ok, but because the fingers (Has the reusch freccia cut) are so tight and snug, it feels very lose. Hope it doesnt affect my handling of the ball.
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  17. Has the forum died? Been killed off by the obvious website that wants to take over the world? I remember when this forum was a hotbed of news and topics. Mainly with everyone agreeing Nike gloves are rubbish......ahhhh the good old days. I have to say that local football appears to be dying. I see leagues folding, clubs folding even quicker. The league's that are still going hardly have any divisions. I'm glad I played when I did, was plenty of football teams and leagues. Pitches deserted now..
  18. That Team You Hate For No Apparent Reason

    Any team managed by Steve Bruce as he makes them boring
  19. New to the forum.....again

    Hi, my names Zod and I'm a goalkeeping addict. (The class respond in unison with "hello Zod") I use to be a regular around here and ruled the planet Houston. But I have been in the phantom zone, but am back. As it's been so long thought I should re-introduce myself. Use to play on a sat and sun, then five a side leagues mid week. Called it a day in 2012. Two years later was asked to start a team to stop my old in folding. Did that, player manager, for four years. Found it affected my game also being manager. Called it a day as manager after four seasons. Last season played just as a player. Kinda lost my motivation this season to play. It's not like "the old days". Kneel before Zod.
  20. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    How many gloves do you own!? I wish I could find a pair I really love and just stick with them. The only time I've got close to only wanting to use a single pair is the original One Glove McGregor with the tight flat palm and internal silicone. I found those amazing. Shame it was the only time that cut was used.
  21. I do have another pair of Puma's to try out, the Future Grip 19.1's the new Black / Yellow colourway. But then I also have some of the new Purple Kaliaaer gloves too. 😂 Decisions decisions.
  22. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    Tell me about it! Nothing worse than having the ball pinged at you which is supposed to be a warm up! It's just a massive confidence killer for me! Especially if I let a couple of simple ones in. I find puma gloves always feel loser once a bit of water hits them! I only really use their flat cuts and they become way to baggy in a wet game! Normally have to switch out at half time. Makes me wonder how/ Buffon has used the puma flat cut gloves his whole career.
  23. I have to admit I have been feeling a bit crap the last few weeks. Today at work I have been thinking how I have a whole week until the next game to try and make amends. I still enjoy playing but the stark difference when I am with my GK coach to when I play at the moment is night and day. I feel like I am nervous and hesitant when playing at the moment and because of that I'm not reacting to shots properly. I play much better when I am relaxed and confident, I have told my manager I am setting up a mini goal pre match and doing a proper warm up now. I don't think standing in goal with players smashing the ball top corners before games is helping my mindset. I haven't used the Puma's in a couple of weeks, mainly because I love the Reusch but also I wanted to give those Black Uhlsports a run out too. The grip on the Puma's is good though, they feel soft but not too soft. The sizing is much better than in the past, the one thing I will say though, they seem to fit better when they aren't too wet. When I put them on now they are dry they fit fairly snug, but when I wore them quite damp in the game the other week they kind of felt a bit looser than I would want, if that makes sense?
  24. Wyatt's 2019-2020 Season

    Been a bit, but the boy has been trying to get his money's worth out of the team trainers and medical staff over the last 3 weeks. Training wise things have been going pretty well for him barring a contact rash from something and then taking a really hard shot to the ribs this last week. He has trained a few times with the older teams, subbing in for their keepers on the older teams as needed. He did a season with the U17 and U19 DA teams a couple weeks back. The U17 coach really liked how Wyatt did which is good as did the U19 coach. This last week he subbed in at practice for both u18 keepers who were out sick Thursday night. They have had 2 games over the the last three weekends, the one versus the second place team, Wyatt came down with some sort of contact allergic reaction to something on his hands and elbows. It was scheduled to be the other keepers game though anyways. Team walked away with a 4-0 win and started cementing their spot at the top of the table. Following weekend no league play, but they did scrimmage the U15DA who have quite have some really good talent. Their keepers are not residents at the camp and couldn't make the scrimmage in time so the U15DA coach got to pick his keeper and took Wyatt to fill in. Wyatt's team didn't cut him any slack and used their spped and size to force some turnovers on the U15s, keeping Wyatt busy. The lost 1-2, but Wyatt said the first goal was a really nice shot into the far upper corner which he got a piece of, but couldn't clear it. The second one he called a team and keeper error. U16 forward played the ball back and the U16 center-back cleared it forward to the U15 defender. The player didn't get their quick enough and him and a U16 forward went 50/50 and size one out. Wyatt came up to support, but got caught out and the coaches had said since it was a scrimmage the keepers weren't allowed to clear the ball out of play, but had to use their feet. So Wyatt and the forward went after it and ball got knocked out to the side, but the U15 defenders didn't react quick enough and a U16 picked it off for the winning goal. Wyatt wasn't to keen on that, said in a game he would have cleared it out safely so really should have been a 1-1 game in the end. This last weekend Wyatt was on tap to be minding the net in league play, but Friday night in practice stopped a point blank shot in training. Played through it and later after practice mentioned to the trainer that his side hurt some. Trainer looked him over and got the team doctor and their secondary physician involved. Diagnosis was nothing broken, cracked or bruised, just a really hard thump. In the pregame game treatment on Saturday he was still a little sore and the decision was made to rest him rather then risk aggravating it and give him more time to recover in preparation for him heading to Germany next week for trials again. Wyatt said that he really didn't miss much of a game, his team scored 5 goals in about 10 minutes (took a while for them to get into the game) before the coach put on the breaks and had them just work on possessing and moving the ball for the rest of the game. Keeper training wise they continue to work the basics and integration into the team style of play. Wyatt is trying to get some photos from one of the assistants of some of the saves he has been making in practice and keeper training. He says the biggest focus for the last few weeks has been his set speed. Keeper coach has been pushing him to set and react quicker to moving plays. Wyatt said he has made a bit of progress on it and gotten some kudos from the coach about his progress. This week is all about return to play training and getting him in his best form before heading to Germany. We get him home Friday for an evening before shipping him off to Frankfurt for a week, then again for an evening on the return trip. Typical Wyatt though he wants to get in a training session with his keeper coach here Friday night and maybe a morning season with his skills trainer on the way back through before heading back out to school.
  25. Jim Buckley (Bucks) Season 2019/20

    This is why I stopped playing 11 aside. Playing with the bare 11 and taking a spanking during the game. It killed my confidence. Even if I somehow played well, I'd come away feeling like crap as we would normally lose. How are the Puma gloves btw? I do really enjoy the grip on Puma gloves but the sizing is always mental.
  26. League Challenge Cup today, and yet another struggle to field a team resulted in basically a bare 11, with a 42 year old and our 63 year old manager on the bench. We started well and went behind to a really strange goal. The ball found its way to one of the opposition players on the edge of the box and he hit a decent but not exactly taxing shot, which happened it would seem just as the sun came from behind a cloud. I literally lost the ball completely and only caught sight of it again about 2 foot away from me, I tried my best but even with a strong ish hand on the ball it still went in. We then equalised from a set piece and the first half ended 1-1 and to be honest we could have been in front. Second half we came out of the traps slow. A corner swung in from our right deceived my RB on the post, I managed to dive backwards and push it onto the bar and out, their player fired in again which I saved on the line with my leg then another player followed in and I stopped it again on the line before at the fourth attempt one of their players poked it home. 😒 We then fell apart a bit, our RB Sam having a torrid time and was beaten by their LM who slotted it across me into the bottom corner to make it 3-1, then a ball through past Sam again and the LM ran through, again I closed him down, this time taking the ball round me for 4-1. We managed a goal back after a scramble in the box for 4-2, then a lofted ball beat Alan the 42 year old who was playing CB and their guy was through on goal, one of those awkward ones do I come, do I stay and in the end the guy hit a wicked half volley over me and into the fsr side of the net. 5-2. We did get a penalty late on for two of their players fighting (is that a thing?) to end up 5-3 and out of the cup. I made those saves as I say for the second goal, and I tipped one drive from distance over the bar with finger tips but other than that not much to note. My kicking this season both from the ground and from hands has been absolutely atrocious though and I am not sure why. 🤔 Kit: Red Puma Shirt, Black Puma Shorts & Socks. Boots: Adidas Copa 19.1 SG's (Black / Red). Gloves: Uhlsport Absolutgrip HN Black Edition.
  27. Second League game of the season today against Kingston Dynamos who finished bottom of Division 4 last season (we finished mid table Div 5). We ended up winning quite convincingly 5-2 despite struggling to field a team and really it should have been more, we missed some good chances, but given the struggles we had to get a team out the win was the vital part. I actually struggled first half, I seemed to not be able to pick the ball up and didn't come for a few balls I probably should have and I was getting frustrated with myself. Their first goal was from a long throw, I called for it, came for it but one of my players stepped backwards into me af headbutted my chin 🙄 and one of their guys came round the back unmarked for an easy header. Second goal we cleared a long throw but it got played back in low, it pin balled around 3 of their players before falling to one of their guys unmarked (AGAIN!), played on by one of our players to prod into the empty net from 6 yards out. Towards the end of the game I started to come for balls over the top and read the game better, but I didn't really have an actual save to make apart from one simple diving catch from the last kick of the first half. Even more annoying my kicking seems to have tailed off at the moment, which was excellent last season. 🤔 Kit: All Purple Nike Goalkeeper kit. Boots: Adidas Predator 18.1 SG's (Black). Gloves: Reusch Prisma Pro G3 Duo Blackhole.
  28. First game of the season today and very much a game of two halves, with us unfortunately coming out on the losing side 3-2. We were quite slow out of the blocks anyway, and we had a very bare bones team, which is shocking for the first game of the season to be honest. The game started with us right under the cosh from the off, and it was wave after wave of attack from the opposition. Then low whipped cross from our left fell to one of their players in the box who done a neat little back heel flick to his team mate who pretty central and from about 10 yards out turned and rifled in 1-0. Second goal was an absolute rocket. We put in a crap corner and the opposition broke, ball down our left and their guy took a touch and hit this half volley straight across me into the far top corner. I make no joke that even a top pro would have struggled to get near it, it was quite a strike fair play to the lad. 2-0. We pulled one back from a melee in the opposition box, 2-1. Then the third goal, the one that pissed me off and I don't know how I got done by it. A hard challenge from Piercey our CB was given as a yellow and FK 22 yards out. I was stood central and on my line, the guy somehow shot straight over my head, I jumped up to tip it over but somehow tipped it onto the underside of the bar and in. 😒😒😒 So bloody pissed off. 3-1. Second half was all us really, the opposition didn't have one shot of note on target and apart from some sweeping up and crosses I was virtually a spectator. We got another back from a free kick 3-2. I kind of wish we hadn't given my mistake ended up being the decider. The pitch was stupidly hard today, even with FG boots on it felt like I was skating around on top of the surface and God knows what the ball was (it was a crap Nike one!), but I like to think I can play a bit and kick pretty well, but I really struggled with kicks both from the floor and from hands, barely reaching halfway. Next week we play Kingston Dynamo who finished bottom of the League above us last season. Kit: All Green Puma Keeper kit. Boots: Puma One 5.1 FG (Black / Orange). Gloves: 1st: Puma One Grip 1 RC, 2nd: Reusch Prisma Pro G3 Duo Black Hole.
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