Academy Round Up (21/22 March 2015)

Under 7s (Sat 21 Mar)

Crewe Alexander v TNS

The squad included: Sam Davies, Casey Sillitoe, Rui Clarke Phillips, Ryan Tinsley, Liam Ford, Oliver Stevens Sewell, Bailey Evans, Lewis Bennett, Louie Bradbury

TNS Under 7s travelled to face the famous Crewe Alexander FC Academy. Both teams had plenty of chances early on, with Crewe edging it with clinical finishing. It was a fine morning for football, all players having plenty of opportunities to express themselves and enjoy their football. As the game went on TNS grew into it, and played some good football. After the game all the players enjoyed an exciting penalty shootout. A fantastic day for all involved. 

Afterwards, coach Jason Brindley said: “A fine day for football against a good Crewe side. We struggled positionally at times but it’s good to see the way the players have improved this season, which was clearly evident. The players all had a fantastic day and loved the shootout at the end.”

Under 8s (Sat 21 Mar)

Crewe Alex Development 0 TNS 4

Team was – Lewiz Jones, Riley Griffiths, Alex Madsley, Luke Rossow, James Nuttall, Will Beckett, Rhys Pettigrew, Dylan Davies, Joe Drummond, Josh Anders.

The TNS 8’s travelled down to Crewe looking to recapture the form and standard of performances which had been seen consistently before the Christmas break. We were lucky to play in beautiful weather conditions on state of the art facilities.

We started the game strongly putting Crewe under huge amounts of pressure, with Will and Joe working well up top closing down quickly to break up any potential Crewe ball. TNS took the lead after 15 mins or so, when Joe picked out Josh Anders, and the central midfielder slotted home with an ice cold finish.

At times in the second half we had to dig deep to keep our lead as Crewe put us under pressure and had some clever players who were perhaps being given too much respect on the ball. Against the run of play we made it 2-0 with a great team goal, a perfect example of counter-attacking football. We were 3-0 up when Joe Drummond volleyed home after a good spell for the 8’s.

A slightly comical moment was to follow when we gave away a penalty as Josh picked the ball up thinking he was in goal! The penalty however was saved by Lewiz, the keeper brilliantly got down low to his right and then saved the rebound with his feet. After a big celebration from the keeper he rolled out quickly and we made it four, after some great work from our outfielders.

This win sees the 8’s get back to form after some unfortunate results of late, and puts them in good spirits for their big game against Connahs Quay on Saturday!

Coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “from warm up to final whistle we conducted ourselves in a very professional manner, we had to dig in deep at times as Crewe obviously had some excellent players and were find dangerous pockets of space at times in which eventually we dealt with well. I think the tight pitch helped us with the technically gifted players we have at our disposal and from keeper to up top we looked very strong through the team. Overall it was a very pleasing afternoon for my lads and hopefully we can mirror a performance of this standard against Connahs Quay next weekend.

He added, ” a special mention to Lewiz Jones today, I don’t like to praise individuals after a match because we are a team, and a team packed full of quality, but he was an absolute rock for us today, the maturity levels far higher of anyone else his age, a true leader and a big presense on the pitch. He kept us in the game at times today and was without doubt MOTM, well done Lewiz, and the TEAM on a brilliant day of mini-soccer.

You can see the 8’s in action twice this week, on Tuesday they face Bashchurch and then Saturday at home to Connahs Quay. Final preparations for the Manchester Cup.

Under 13s (Sun 22 Mar)

Chester 2 TNS 2

Two goals from TNS striker Tai Jones weren’t enough for the new saints side to get anything out of the game.

An impressive performance from the home side who deserved to win the game, a lot of positives to take for TNS who played some good football at times and took their chances well.


Under 14s (Sun 22 Mar)

TNS 7 Conwy Borough 0

The team included: Lewis Dutton , Luke Sussex , James Gregory Cork , Ben Pritchard , Haci Ozlu , Sam Fowles , Sam Jones , Liam Ihekwoaba , Jordan Tipping , Tomos Williams , Darren Evans

Yesterday TNS 14s welcomed Conwy Borough to The Venue for the final league game of the season. TNS were looking to bounce back after last weekends defeat to Airbus. And they started brightly, Tomos Williams converting Sam Fowles cross in the 4th minute. Darren Evans scored with a fine finish to make it 2. Liam Ihekwoaba dribbled around a couple of defenders before placing the ball in the far corner. James Parry scored the goal of the game, receiving the ball off a corner on the right and unleashing an unstoppable shot into the top corner. Darren Evans scored his second through another Sam Fowles cross. James Parry was unlucky not to score his second, coming back off the post. Liam Ihekwoaba rounded up the day in the final moments.

Afterwards, Coach Jason Brindley said:

“I was looking for a response from the boys after the disappointment of losing last week. Today I think we got that. Our football was sharp. I think our finishing was poor, considering we still scored 7 is saying something. We created alot of chances. Looking forward to Futsal Finals coming up at the Weekend in Cardiff and then focusing on the play offs.”


Under 15s (Sun 22 Mar)

Chester 1 TNS 0

Chester entertained TNS on Sunday morning.The TNS lads were looking to continue were they left off last weekend against Bangor.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams trying to get on the ball and play. TNS had the 1st goal scoring opportunity when Harry Jenks beat his marker and his shot was saved by the Chester keeper. The lads started to get hold of the ball and moved it around the pitch. Chester had there 1st effort on 20 minutes, but the effort went wide. TNS had a great opportunity to score when Michael Owen met a Cameron Simpsons corner only to see the keeper save it.

Half time 0-0

Changes were made and the lads were asked to continue to play the same way as in the 1st half.

Zak Dobie and Sean Kiff were working hard in midfield against a physical Chester side and were winning their individual battles. Sean Kiff won the ball back and played in Cameron Simpson and his 1st time cross was tipped away by the keeper just as Sean Phelan was about to get on the end of it. This lifted TNS and they had a very good period of possession. Jamie Monk played a 1-2 with Jamie Samuels and his inch perfect pass found Rob Reynolds on the right. Rob beat his marker and his cross was put the wrong side of the post by Cameron. Chester had a half chance and the shot hit the post and was cleared away. Ben Crumps’ goal kick was flicked on by Sean Phelan for Ryan Smith to run on to it. He hit the shot 1st time from 25/30 yards out only to see his lob hit the bar with the keeper stranded. The game was coming into the final stages and both teams still looking for the win. Chester broke down their right and the cross was only half cleared and the shot was deflected into the back of the TNS net.  The lads kicked off and went on the attack only for the referee to blow the final whistle.

Steve had this to say after the game ” I am gutted for the lads today, they have matched Chester all over the pitch and to to lose to deflected shot right at the death. We have had several chances in both halves and I think Ben has only made 1 save all game. Ryan Smiths’ 25/30 yard lob was pure class and it fully deserved to go in. It was a very physical game and the lads matched them all over the pitch. We will continue to work hard in training next week and we will look forward to going on a week long tour to Real Madrid in just over a weeks time. We would all like to wish Steven Mcdonnell a speedy recovery after possibly breaking his Fib on Friday evening.”

TNS Squad from-

Ben Crump, Taps Kanutasa, Michael Owen, Rhys Thomas, Jamie Monk, Sean Kiff, Zak Dobie, Ryan Smith, Tom Hanna, Cameron Simpson, Harry Jenks, Rob Reynolds, Sean Phelan, Jamie Samuels, Will Evans

Under 16s (Sun 22 Mar)

TNS 12 Conwy Borough 2

Goalscorers: Will Doherty x4, Andy Vale x3, Josh Baldwin x2, Alix Godfrey, James Arrowsmith and Jack Jones.

Today saw the squad play their final home game against Conwy. Some changes in the starting line-up paid off with the boys racing into a 2-0 lead. However 2 very sloppy goals were conceded, but after this the boys stepped up a gear and scored a further 10 goals to end the game 12-2. Credit to Conwy for continuing to play football.

Even though the score-line seems healthy, realistically it could have been more, was it not for some good saves, and some wayward shots. We really need to work on decision making this week, as well as shooting and combination play in and around the box. We await further details on who we will have in the quarter finals. A massive well done to the boys for finishing top of the table, currently by 8 points.