A very disappointing weekend of results for our U8s side losing all 3 of our games. On Friday we played Bangor losing 6-4 with our goals coming from Patrick 2, Nikolas and Ronnie. Saturday morning we travelled to Rhyl and went away with a 7-4 loss, but with our goals coming from Ellis 2, Patrick and Ronnie. On Sunday we suffered a very close defeat losing 6-5 to Newtown, our goals coming from Jayden 2, Rui, Sam and Alex. I would like to thank the parents for committing a lot of their weekend to the games that we had and without them we would not have been able to complete the fixtures.
Squad v Bangor – Sam, Oliver, Fenn, Nikolas, Liam, Rui, Patrick and Ronnie.
Squad v Rhyl – Sam, Oliver, Fenn, Nikolas, Liam, Rui, Patrick, Ronnie and Ellis.
Squad v Newtown – Sam, Oliver, Fenn, Liam, Rui, Louie, Jayden and Alex (U7).
Under 9s (Sat 3rd)
The New Saints 1 Rhyl FC 6
The team consisted of – Sloan (GK), Rymer, Jones, Nuttall, Pettigrew, Jakub, Aplin, Blaze, Beckett.
The Under 9’s travelled to Rhyl Saturday morning to take on the Lilywhites. A large pitch allowed the Saints to exploit space and play some impressive football, and the lads were rewarded four minutes into the first half when Sam Aplin very cleverly turned his defender inside out, and struck the ball into the left hand side of the net.
1-0 up the lads were able playing with real confidence and were twice praised by the opposition coaches on their fine ability to play out from the back.
Unfortunately after a little spell under pressure Rhyl scored to make the game 1-1. Minutes later the impressive number 4, playing on the left wing fired his side into the lead with a fantastic left footed strike. TNS finishing the second quarter 2-1 down.
However after a brief chat with their coach the lads came out raring to go in the third quarter and made numerous opportunities but failed to score any of them. Often the story in football Rhyl punished TNS and went 3-1 up after a quick counter left the TNS midfield off guard.
TNS only had one substitute on the day and the lads were beginning to look tired in the 4th quarter and Rhyl did manage to score another two goals to win the match 6-1.
After the game the Under 9’s coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “It was a strange game today, at times we played really well, especially going forward” “You need to be more clinical up front against the stronger teams, and we weren’t today” “There was a lot of positives however to take from the game, I thought James and Jack in the midfield did really well and Sam took his chance really well” “We have tough games coming up vs Knowsley Elite and Connahs Quay so hopefully we’ll be back to our normal selves next week”
Under 12s (Sun 4th)
TNS 7 Caernarfon 2
The New Saints 12’s remained unbeaten in the Academy league after putting seven goals past their opponents.
12’s started brightly and created numerous chances, they were rewarded nine minutes in with Ellis Turner smashed home the opener.
More chances were to follow, the opposition keeper the only thing stopping TNS scoring double figures. However, despite a very dominant performance TNS found themselves only one goal up going into the break.
For the first five minutes of the second half all the slick passing, movement and solidity at the back for the Saints had vanished when Caernarfon scored two quick fire goals. TNS were lucky not to be even further behind, only keeper Harrison to thank with a good reaction save.
The home side made changes and an immediate reaction occurred. TJ, Josh and Hari all came close but nothing seemed to get the better of the opposition GK.
With the stakes high individuals found it upon themselves to try and be the hero and it was this lack of passing and team play which prevented the Saints from equalising.
But with just 15 minutes to go finally the opposition keeper was beat when TJ ran on through the defence and calmly slotted home the equaliser, much to the delight of the home fans. Within 30 seconds of the restart TJ scored again to send his team into the lead. A minute later he scored again, an unbelievable turn around for the Saints, with TJ scoring a three minute hatrick.
Superbly taken goals by Josh Lock X 2 and the ever impressive Harry Holland sealed the victory to give them another 3 points in the league.
12’s Coach Kieran said “we started the game brightly and played very well in the first half and created lots of chances” we were very unlucky not to find ourselves nine or ten goals up at half time and when we found ourselves two goals down we were very shocked” ” it took huge amounts of character to to come back from this and I’m very pleased with how the lads responded ” ” however it’s important we play as a team, there was too many players trying to be the hero today, we must work hard as a team, with the amount of talent we have we were always going to score and it’s about playing football the right way” ” The performance individually and collectively in these league games is always more important than the result” however I’m really pleased for the lads today and wait to work with them again for training Wednesday “
Under 13s (Sun 4th)
Rhyl 3 TNS 3
Squad: Shea, Ryan, Matt, Liam, Luke, Jack B, Alfie, Jack P, Kyle, Josh, Will, Louis, Will, Trystan, Shane
After recent games where we have had to come from being goals behind, I asked the team to start strongly. We did improve and after a fairly even first 20 minutes, we took the lead through Will Nevitt from a corner. Just 2 minutes later we doubled our lead, after defending a corner, Shea Lockyer threw the ball out to Kyle McLeod who flicked it onto Josh Davies who played a great through ball which Will Nevitt converted with a good finish. HT 2-0
The second half started again fairly even, but after 10 minutes Rhyl scored 2 quick goals. The first was poor defending from a free kick. A couple of minutes later Rhyl were awarded a penalty following a foul in the box. Shea Lockyer pulled of a good save to maintain our lead. Rhyl equalised after some poor defending. The game got a little scrappy for the next 10 minutes with both teams guilty of giving away some needless fouls. However it was Rhyl who took the lead with around 10 minutes remaining.
With just 5 minutes left on the clock, Will Nevitt completed his hat-trick with another fine finish to leave the scoreline 3-3.
Coach Mark Evans said “I was pleased with the first half where we had looked strong and played with confidence. The 2nd half belonged to Rhyl and was pleased that again we didn’t give up and managed to secure the draw. More work needs to be done on the training field to iron out the defensive frailties – but against a good Rhyl team a draw was probably the fair result. Well done to Will scoring a hat-trick”.
Under 14s (Sun 4th)
TNS 6 Caernarfon 1
Under 15s (Sun 4th)
Bangor City 3 TNS 2
The team included: Lewis Dutton, Matt Cole, Joel Whorton, Haci Ozlu, Callum Murphy, Sam Fowles, James Gregory-Cork, Xavie Clarke, Ismael Ozdermir, James Parry, Liam Parry, Tom Williams, Sam Jones, Liam Ihekwoaba, Tomos Williams, Jordan Tipping
TNS U15s travelled to North Wales in good form to face Bangor City on the 3G. Whilst TNS started brightly it was the home side who took the lead, scoring with a long free kick. The young saints continued to press but found it difficult to break down a resilient Bangor defence. Bangor looked dangerous on the break and were unlucky not to add to their tally, going in to halftime 1-0 up.
TNS looked to get into the game straight from the off but were again undone, when a long cross came back off the bar and fell nicely to the Bangor striker who reacted first and made no mistake from close range.
TNS kept creating chances, and started to play some really neat football. James Parry continued his recent good form with a with a thunderous left foot shot that flew past the Bangor keeper.
TNS were starting to put Bangor under serious pressure, and James Parry equalised in spectacular fashion as he volleyed a James Gregory-Cork cross in from just inside the penalty area.
TNS now had their tails firmly up and were looking most likely to get the victory. However, a mistake at the back aloud the Bangor striker to seal the win at the death.
After the game Jason Brindley said:
“The team showed good determination to get back into the game today. We need to start turning up in the first half though, we create too much work for ourselves chasing games. I felt we were the better team today, we played good football at times but were guilty of silly mistakes. It’s all a learning curve for these boys, but they need to put into practise what they have learnt. A little concerned about the ill-discipline also, the referee today was poor, but they can’t question decisions or talk back, again a learning curve. A special mention to player of the month James Parry who has been fantastic recently, fully committing to TNS, really doing well and scoring 2 very good goals. Look forward to next weekend’s fixture”
Under 16s (Sun 4th)
TNS 6 Caernarfon 0
TNS went back into the academy cup with a victory against Caernarfon at Park Hall.
TNS started brightly moving the ball quickly and had a half chance in the first 5 minutes, Rob Reynolds putting his shot straight at the keeper.
The under 16’s player of the month soon found himself on the score sheet, reacting quickest to a Joel Atkinson corner, to poke the ball into the Caernarfon net. TNS lads took control of the game and under 16’s player of the month Rob soon doubled the lead. Some excellent work by Liam to win the ball back and play in Rob to calmly place the ball in the back of the net. The Caernarfon keeper made some very good saves off Rob, Taps, Ryan, Joel and Liam kept the score down. TNS pressure, soon paid off with a 3rd goal. Joel found Jamie unmarked and his pass was picked up by Liam and his 25 yard strike beat the keeper and flew into the top corner of the net.
Half time- TNS 3-0 Caernarfon
2nd half started the same with TNS on the attack. Harvey and Jamie Samuels linking up well with Harvey seeing his shot saved by the keeper. Caernarfon were defending resolutely, soaking up the TNS pressure. Substitute Sean Kiff started to get a lot of the ball down the left and he found himself getting onto the score sheet. Rob put the ball into the box and Sean got across his marker and put the ball into the back of the net with his right foot!!!!
Caernarfon changed tact and put 4 up front and looked to counter, Ben Crump in goal for TNS made a good save from a long effort. The TNS keeper threw the ball out to Jamie Monk and the TNS right back ran into the Caernarfon half played a 1-2 with Rob and his shot was save by the keeper. Sean Kiff soon found himself on the score sheet again. Excellent link up play between Peter Fletcher, Jamie Samuels and Harvey Plimmer down the left finding Sean perfectly and his shot went in off the post with the keeper beaten. Caernarfon sat back and defended deep. TNS had several good opportunities to increase the lead through Jamie, Harvey, Rob, Dennis and Peter before Sean Kiff completed his hat trick. The TNS left back ran on to a through ball by Harvey and smashed the ball beneath the advancing keeper.
Full time- TNS 6-0 Caernarfon
Steve Monk had this to say at the end of the game- “Myself and Steve Benyon are very pleased with the 3 points and a clean sheet today. The lads looked sharp and hungry especially 1st half. All credit to Caernarfon they defended really well at times, never gave up and their keepers have made some very good saves to keep the score down. The score could have been more with a bit more composure from the lads in front of goal, but we will work hard again this week in training and prepare for a tough game away at Rhyl next Sunday. Well done to Rob Reynolds on his well-deserved Player of the month, scoring 2 more goals, Liam on scoring a 25 yard screamer for his 1st ever TNS goal and a superb 2nd half hat trick from left back Sean Kiff (1st with his swinger-right foot)
SCORERS – Rob 2, Liam 1, Sean 3
Next up in the academy cup Rhyl away next Sunday 11th October
Under 19s (Sun 4th)
Bala Town 1 TNS 1
Scorer – Aron Jones