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Hi TW. A great report. We enjoyed the trip despite the defeat. Less than an hour's drive . . .

Just before the Stadium there was a small eaterie with Chang on board. Good parking also a range of food and beer available at the Stadium - to keep the Missis and me happy. Pui doesn't have a Swatcat shirt and wore deep red - unfortunately that was Trat's colour.

Maybe you didn't pick this up from the TV. The ground was very heavy with water lying on the surface. Trat / Chan have had rains nearly every day the last 2 months. I think Trat are well used to these conditions and for me, the Swatcats didn't fancy it.

There were 3 buses of Swatcat fans, well done them. We had fun with the Trat fans and may return to see the coming Buriram game. BTW the roof of the glittering Swatcats team bus is rusting away - needs a serious paint !

As for the game, in the 1st half, the Swatcats couldn't muster a serious shot for almost half an hour. the last 15-20 minutes they asserted a little and did better - but as you say, lucky to go in at 1-1. After half time the Swatcats didn't really improve much on the first 30 mins performance and the result was a fair one. I thought Trat's No 5 showed composure and fine distribution throughout. The Swatcat defence found Trat's giant No 10 a real problem.

More worryingly for us Swatcats - Trat were a class or two above in the passing department, moving the ball swiftly across the sodden ground - drilled fast ground passing, a joy to watch and the Swatcats seemed forever trying to chase around to keep up. More than one goal disallowed and very lucky not to get a heavier defeat IMO.

I agree the 4 strikers can't be sustained. Chalermpong went off injured ? As we look down at nether regions wondering, I'd just say, the Squad looks good - so what's the problem then? Let's get back UP shall we. ATB
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Hi Roger, agree with you on the conditions. Trat adapted far better than we did. Cannot put my finger on what is going wrong but 4 strikers for an away game?? Ludicrous!! We need to reset and play one up front or else we are going down. Really glad you both enjoyed the trip.

Bangkok United away next... oh heck


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A real tester for the faltering Swatcats this weekend as they travel to the Capital to take on the Angels of Bangkok United (Sunday 28th July, KO 1800 hours, TV coverage Truesports HD2).

The Angels are in fine form at the moment and the Swatcats will do well to escape with a close defeat. No hope with this one I’m afraid (but I have been known to be wrong).

Thaiwolf prediction’ Home win.


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Dateline 28th July 2019

 FT Bangkok United 2 NRFC 2

Attendance; 2362

The Swatcats started without skipper Chalermpong, this could be a big miss tonight.

An uninspiring start to the match in exceptionally hot conditions. The hosts offering the majority of forward play but with no clear-cut chances created.

With the visitors struggling to get out of their own half for long periods, a Bangkok United goal seemed sure to come and in the 21st minute a well taken free kick was pushed wide by keeper Cunningham as Bangkok pressed.

In one of few, Swatcat forays forward, Lee headed wide from a free kick and as the half meandered to a conclusion, the Swatcats were holding their own against better quality opposition.

The second half began with a bang as Henri swept forward and slid the ball into the net to give the Swatcats a 46th minute lead.

The Angels continued to dominate, but a break forward by Assumpcao was thwarted with Henri set to tap in. The Angels immediately countered with Bonilla shooting into Cunningham’s arms.

In the 55th minute Assumpcao was taken down from behind in the box and a penalty was awarded. Henri converted the spot kick to give the visitors an unlikely 2 goal lead.

The visitors now sat back but the hosts still offered little in terms of chances but eventually, the Angels pulled a goal back in the 80th minute when Chananan hammered in to give the visitors the jitters and then seconds later Bonilla equalized with an angled shot.

 In a frantic last few minutes, Cunningham brought off a world class save from a clever swiveled shot from Chananan as the visitors held on for a well-deserved point.

Well, a point but it could have so easily been three. The team were not overawed by a disappointing Bangkok United team, defended well and took advantage of two defensive errors.

An encouraging performance. Well done boys!



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Thanks TW. The 'table' doesn't look at all good now ! Good result for the Swatcats but they must bitterly regret those 2 lost points. Both Chainat and Chonburi won . . .  :-X

I see Hartmann missed out ? I wonder how long he'll be around ?

Come on you Swatcats !!
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They'll be OK Roger. A couple of wins and we're top six. I think Hartmann will be great once he settles in.


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The Swatcats take on struggling Prachuap this Wednesday (Wednesday 31st July, KO 1745 hours, TV coverage TBC).

 The Swatcats desperately need a three pointer, Prachuap are there ready for the taking!!

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.


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At last night's match,  I had the good fortune to meet and chat with one of my former Swatcat heroes Ivan Boscovic.  He gave freely of his time - a lovely bloke.

Have to admit,  I felt like a dizzy schoolboy!!

He also gave me some great truths and insights into the Swatcat organisation - facts that I would not like to publicly divulge!!


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Dateline 31th July 2019

 FT NRFC 3 Prachuap 1

Attendance; 3615

The Swatcats began the game with fancy midfield passing movements but the final balls were often going astray - much to the chagrin of the home supporters!!

 At the other end, the Swatcat defence seemed vulnerable to Prachuap’s rangy strikers, with an angled drive rolling inches wide of the home team’s post.

The Swatcats continued to dominate and they were rewarded in the 28th minute when Lee headed in from a corner to give the men from Korat a deserved lead. Minutes later an Assumpcao drive drew a fine save from the Prachuap keeper.

The hosts now flooded forward, searching for a second with Henri and Assumpcao tormenting the visitor’s defence and as the half drew to a close, the score was a fair reflection of the relative performances of the combatants.

The second half began with a typical Korat maelstrom, with billboards flying and fans retreating to the main stand to get cover from the rain. Prachuap opened brightly and keeper Cunningham had to be on his toes to beat out a viciously deflected shot.

Meanwhile, the Swatcats persevered with excellent counter attacking play. An Assumpcao break put Henri clear but his shot was blocked.

Somewhat against the run of play, Prachuap got back into the game in the 59th minute when a deflected freekick left keeper Cunningham helpless as the shot rolled into the net.

Prachuap were now beginning to tire and were looking vulnerable, so it came as no surprise when yet another break forward from Assumpcao in the 65th minute led to Henri being fouled just outside the box. Assumpcao stepped up and buried the ball in the left-hand corner of the net - surely Assumpcao is the best dead ball specialist in the league.
In the 70th minute, Amadou (who was having an uncharacteristically quiet night), put Henri clear but the Ivorian’s near post drive hit the woodwork.

The men from Korat finally sealed the deal in the 86th minute when a mazy run from Assumpcao ended with the ball at Henri’s feet. The striker calmly stuck the ball in to the net to put the hosts 3-1 up.

Hmmm, not too convinced by this performance. The defence was frequently exposed and our attacking force was misfiring today. Nonetheless a vital 3 points. On another day we could have lost this match. It just exposes the fine lines between winning and losing - never mind, my night was complete having met and chatted with one of my former Swatcat heroes Ivan Boscovic!!!



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The Swatcats take on rapidly improving Muang Thong United this weekend (Saturday 13th August, KO 1900 hours, TV coverage TBC).

After a disastrous start to the season, the Kirins are now hoping to challenge for the title and the Swatcats will find it difficult to compete.

Thaiwolf prediction: Home win.


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Confirmed,  tomorrow's match will be shown live on Truevisions True4U,  KO 1900 hours.


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TW - thanks for the reports. Essential 3 points against Prachuap - when they equalised at 1-1 I guess there was some 'deja vu'  ;)  Very disappointing crowd - our previous Regional League attendance . . . .

Nice to see your pics of Ivan B - what's he up to ?

Regarding the Muang Thong game - they have been in such amazing form lately I'd guess we won't get a look in  :(

But you never know.

Hoping to catch Trat v Buriram and the Swatcats v Chonburi and Buriram - have to consult the Boss  8)

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Ivan is studying to get his coaching qualifications.  He jokingly mused that he might be the Swatcat's coach in 5 years!!


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Dateline 3rd August 2019

 FT Muang Thong United 2 NRFC 0

Attendance; 9639

As the match began, Muang Thong started to put visitors under early pressure, with Cunningham forced to save with his feet early on, then Chappuis shot inches wide with a low drive.

The half progressed and as the visitor’s defence settled, they continued to hold their own against a talented home side. With 30 minutes gone, the Kirin’s were struggling to make the most of their early pressure and any Korat forward play was rare and relatively harmless.

 Assumpcao fluffed a chance when he was put clear in the 38th minute but his contact with the ball was weak and the keeper saved. The Kirin’s countered and Heberty brilliantly stroked a free kick into the net to give the home side the lead. In further, late drama, a curling chip shot from Derley came close to doubling the lead.

In truth, this was an uninspiring half, finishing with the Kirin’s deservedly one up.

The second half started with the Swatcats probing forward but in a game becoming a battle of few chances, a rare one came in the 60th minute when an Amadou cross was deflected onto the bar then Henri headed the rebound over from one yard out.

Assumpcao then held off two defenders to force the home keeper into action then Cunningham reciprocated when he brought off a world class save to keep the marauding KIrins at bay.

With Muang Thong still not creating much and the Swatcat threat minimal, the game was heading for a one goal victory but a snap shot from Henry almost gained the visitors a point when it rippled the side netting.

With time running out, a surprise second for the Kirins when Chalermpong was robbed of the ball just outside the box and Heberty slotted into the net.

Well, an uninspiring encounter with not much creative soccer in view. The Swatcats? Stout defence at times, little up front, outperformed by a superior side, that’s about the sum of it


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Thanks TW - I saw the 1st half on TV and agree with your take on that !

As for Jocsic - he's sure to be under pressure if results don't look up. The squad looks good enough on paper but too often, they play in a shambles - Trat outclassed them. Despite some great signings - we still don't move forward   :(
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