TNS 5 Rhyl 2 (Sat 18 Oct)
Team consisted of – Lewiz (GK), Riley (CPT), Luke, Kyran, Will, Rhys, Sam, Alfie, Liam, Joe.
Scorers were – Rhys, Alfie, Liam, OG, Sam
Coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “was a great performance this time round, arguebly our strongest defensively all season” “ever since we took the lead early on it was backs against the wall; they gave us a good game and to be fair to them controlled the game for most of the game” “however Riley Kyran and Luke were strong in defence, and Lewiz our star GK was motm with some great saves” “you always know as long as we keep it tight at the back we’ll win the game, when you look up at top and you have Rhys, Alfie and Sam; that’s a lot of quality and pace. They took their chances and won us the game; a great team performance”
Llanymynech 1 TNS 9 (Sun 19 Oct)
Team consisted of – Josh (GK), Riley (CPT), Josh, Kyran, Owen, James, Rhys, Joe, Dylan, Liam
Scorers were – Rhys, James, Joe x 3, Owen, Liam, Dylan x2
Coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “unfortunately not our best today, really lacked quality and the first half not very good to watch; a difficult pitch to play on” “I take blame for the poor start to the game, tried different tactics and used the game to experiment with positions and personal, it didn’t quite work” to be fair to the lads though the last half they played some stuff, tried some good 1 touch passing around the box” “score doesn’t tell the game as Llanaymynech gave us a good game and made us panick for a while”
The Under 8’s are next in action on Saturday when they take on Connahs Quay; a team they have already mpreviously beat twicein “Connahs Quay have a very strong team, and are the best opponents we’ve faced this season, ” games against the Nomads are always good and there’s lots of goals 10-7 and 15-11 the scores already this season.
TNS 6 Rhyl 8
The squad included: Kelson Cunnah (GK), Harvey Cunnah, Calum Matthias, Flinley Chorlton-Wilcox, Ieuan Jones-Wellstead, Jack Davies, Ollie Sumner and Sam Gregory-Corke.
Scorers: Ieuan x2, ollie, Sam x 2 and Finley.
A much improved performance from our last game against Rhyl 2 weeks ago saw 14 goals again scored between the two teams but with a much more even spread. TNS moved the ball with some real quality in patches and a number of man of the match performances contributed to a much more competitive game. The shape of the team improved markedly and this contributed to a much stronger defensive performance on which to build on. Special mention goes to Ieuan who managed to score direct from a corner!
TNS 1 Connahs Quay 2
The squad included: Spencer Parrish, David Williams, Louie Millington, Regan Smith (Cpt), Mathew Marshall Liam Rawlings, Jack Brindley, Ben Buley, Alfie Martin, Kyle McLeod, Luke Wicks, Morgan Daykin
Goalscorer : Kyle McLeod
Very windy conditions for our home game v Connahs Quay. The newly supplied goals from the Welsh FA had to be secured with sand bags after they kept blowing over. Playing against the wind in the first half, we struggled to get our normal passing game going and found ourselves under pressure, Connahs Quay managed to score 2 goals in the first half. In the 2nd half we did have more of the ball. Kyle McLeod grabbed a goal back with around 10 minutes to go, with a great strike. The last 10 minutes we pushed for an equaliser but we weren’t at our best and in reality didn’t create too many clear chances.
TNS 5 Connahs Quay 1
The squad included: Lewis Dutton, Owen Platt, Tom Halliday, Haci Ozlu, Luke Sussex, Jack Vale, Sam Jones, Dan Smith, Jordan Tipping, Jacob Barrett, Tomos Williams, Darren Evans, James Parry, James Gregory Cork, Ben Pritchard
Very windy conditions at The Venue for the midday kick off between TNS 14s and Connahs Quay. Both teams tried to enforce themselves in the first half, despite Connahs Quay playing against the wind they broke free numerous times, Lewis Dutton making a couple of important saves early on. TNS were struggling to stamp their authority on the game, looking legged and giving possession away sloppily. Connahs Quay deservedly took the lead on 25 minutes, a free kick from the left deceiving Lewis in goal after going through a group of players and making its way all the way into the TNS goal. Half time arrived with the scoreline rightly 1-0 to Connahs Quay.
TNS came out looking to grab the second half and make an impact, doing so instantly in the first minute, a through ball by Sam Jones finding Jack Vale who fired into the top corner of the goal from just inside the area. TNS were now playing against the wind but were moving the ball much better and competing for every ball, coach Jason Brindleys halftime words still ringing around their ears. TNS took the lead when a Sam Jones corner somehow missed everyone, but not the far corner, making it 2-1. TNS now looked more confident on the ball and likely to add another goal. They did so on 27 minutes, Jack Vale playing in Darren Evans so made no mistake, firing into the corner. Darren didn’t take long to reply the favour, playing in Jack Vale a minute later who scored a fine goal for his second of the game, and moments later narrowly missed what would of been his hattrick. In the final moments of the game, Jacob Barrett was fouled on the edge of the area, Jacob took the resulting free kick which the Connahs Quay keeper did well to parry the ball, however it fell to James Gregory Cork who marked his return from injury with a goal with the final kick of the game.
After the game, coach Jason Brindley had this to say “Today was a difficult game, a game of two halfs. The lads didn’t turn up first half. The weather wasn’t fantastic but both teams were playing in it so the conditions are an easy excuse and one I will not use. We were sloppy with possession, looked tired and weak, really seemed to lack both the fighting spirit and the quality with the ball, which I’ve come to set as our standard. To progress and grow we have to reach this standard every session and game and then push it. The boys know that simple as they weren’t good enough, and if it wasn’t for Lewis in goal making saves as key times the score deficit could and probably should have been much greater at the break.
Saying that the reaction shown after speaking to the team at half time was what I would expect. Came out with more purpose. Played with abit more pace and penetration. The goals we scored were good, some of the link up between the forward players was really good at times. Sam Jones has added goals to his game which is something that was missing last year, adding to yet another area we can look to for a goal. We are starting to get the squad up to full strength, good to have Luke, Darren and James back, competition for places is heating up so I am looking for a positive response from the team, in all areas, both on and equally important off the field.
TNS 1 Connahs Quay 0
Goalscorer : Andy Vale
Yesterday saw the boys face their biggest test yet against a much fancied Connahs Quay team, knowing that it was going to be a tough game. Again with key players missing due to International Clearance, the task seemed difficult. The first half proved to be disappointing with the boys failing to string 2 passes together and in all honesty the visitors bossed proceedings. After some stern words at half time, the tempo slightly picked up and after numerous chances, the ball fell to Andy Vale to score the winning goal.
Great to get 3 wins from 3, but bitterly disappointed with the performance and attitude off some players. Some hard sessions this week and individual feedback will hopefully prepare us fully for the next game and eradicate any future performances like the one today.
TNS 12 Newtown 0
Team : Andy, Dougy, Ryan, James, Jordan, Kershaw, Dylan, Fisnik, Tom, Scotty, Nyasha,
Subs : Ant, Papirnyk, Callum, Paul, Lewis
Scorers – fisnik 8. 42
Tom 29. 47
Callum 65. 78. 80
Tns dominated this one sided game from start to finish. And although sloppy at times
in the first 30 mins never looked like conceding which manager steve Evans was pleased
about ‘I’m pleased with the professionalism of my players today. It’s so easy to start
doing the wrong things when it gets to easy but they showed Newtown tremendous respect
and did the right things.
The score line reflects the hard work & attitude of the players this season and if we
continue to do the right things & work hard for each other then we are going to be hard
to beat. Well done lads’.
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