Bangor v TNS (Fri 16th)
We played 5 a side in pop up goals with no goalkeepers.the boys found the concept of defending an empty net hard to adjust to.
We more than matched a very strong powerful team playing some good attacking football at times but all our hard work was undone several times by shots coming in from all distances into an empty net.
Games like this are good experience for the boys but personally I think they are at a higher level than that.
Special praise to gk ryan who played as an outfield player but grabbed himself a few goals.
Jac Williams was busy with his great tackling and good reading of the position.
Ben Edwards was everywhere on the pitch and put a really good shift in.
George Jenkins was powerful in midfield and dictated the play as ever.
Rhys Jones was tricky on the wing coming up against some big lads but never gave up and supported the striker at every opportunity.
Jack Lewis was skillful and very good driving forward with the ball making numerous runs from box to box with some great feet at times.
Marvin !! What can I say what a little superstar he never gave up wherever he played and played with a great attitude and an eagerness to do well for the team.
Overall a great effort from the boys and a bright future ahead.
Bangor 13 TNS 2 (Fri 16th)
We made the long trip to Bangor on Friday night to play a very good Bangor team. We started the game well and matched Bangor for the first two quarters but from then on we fell apart and having no substitutes showed as tiredness set in. We lost the game 13-2, Jayden and Ronnie with our goals. Credit to Bangor, the better team and also the parents for the commitment to get the lads to Bangor on a Friday evening.
Squad: Oliver, Liam, Fenn, Nikolas, Ronnie, Louie, Jayden and Rui.
Bala 9 TNS 2 (Sat 17th)
Saturday lunchtime we travelled to Bala for our second away game in two days. The game was to be played on an astroturf which was a new experience for our players. Bala were too strong for us and we suffered our second defeat of the weekend, the score being 9-2, Jayden and Oliver with the goals for us.
A lot for us to work on and a learning curve for all involved.
Squad: Oliver, Liam, Fenn, Louie, Jayden, Rui, Patrick and Ellis.
Bangor 5 TNS 3 (Fri 16th)
Crewe Alexandra 1 TNS 6 (Sat 18th)
The team consisted of James. S (GK), Riley, Ashley, Alex, Joe, Jack, James. N, Rhys, will, Thomas, Alfie and Sam.
The Under 9’s travelled to the prestigious Crewe Alexandra Academy Saturday morning looking to continue their fine run of form.
The junior Saints started brightly retaining the ball well in possession and working hard to put pressure on their counterparts off the ball. They were rewarded for their efforts when James Nuttall fired home the opener. A loose clearance from the opposition defender found its way to James, his brilliant strike first time have the keeper no chance.
TNS continued to play well and the attacking quartet of Will, Jack, Alfie and Sam always looked dangerous. Just before the end of the first quarter Jack exploited the space in front of him and managed to weave his way through three defenders and calmly slot the ball into the bottom right corner. 2-0 up, and smiles all round TNS went into the break full of confidence.
The second quarter proved not to be as one sides as the first. Crewe shown their quality and passed the ball about well. Despite this they created little chances thanks to Riley and Ashley’s efforts and a superb save from Saints stopper James Sloan. More chances either end followed but neither side could add to the scoreline.
A very lively third quarter started off with another fine goal from Jack. Good work from Rhys created space for Jack who struck from distance with the ball sailing into the bottom corner. Straight from the re start, Crewe were dispossessed by Joe, his fine pass out wide and a brilliant run from Sam laid TNS’s goal on a plate for Thomas Blaze, the in form striker had the simplest of tap ins to add to his season tally. The game become open with Crewe looking to get back into the game, and TNS looking to kill the game off. Chances were wasted either end, but the impressive James Sloan was finally beaten when a Crewe Alex player ran down the right and calmly slotted home. Despite conceding for the first time in the match, the Saints responded well and good pressure from Rhys forced his opposite number to poke the ball into his own net. A fantastic third quarter over, TNS 5-1 up at half time.
The final quarter was a mirror of the first three, superb attacking football from both sides. A Sam Aplin goal put the game to bed after fine work from Alfie Harrison, the winger cut inside and played Sam in on goal. The final remaining minutes were played out, and the whistle was blown, a fine performance and result for the Under 9’s. Full time 6-1 to TNS.
After the match the Under 9’s Coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “I was really pleased with the lads performance today, we demonstrated fine technical ability and a good understanding of the TNS philosophy, attacking football played with real intensity” “The lads are progressing well and today’s result is a good reflection of all their hard work”.
Bangor 4 TNS 5 (Fri 17th)
What looked to be a difficult weekend on the road turned out to be very positive for the U10’s.
We made the long Journey to Bangor on Friday night. After 2 defeats to Bangor recently and having a depleted squad we would need to be at our best to get anything from the game.
The boys started very positively and played our best football to date in the first 2 quarters looking to play quick combinations and winning their individual battles backed up by some very solid and determined defending. Sam Gregory-Cork also playing his part whenever called upon in goal, it was an all round team performance. After the first half an hour we looked to be out of sight but maybe a combination of nerves and tiredness contributed to a couple of errors allowed Bangor back into the game in the third quarter. The wind in their sales Bangor were buoyant in the 4th and got back on terms at 4-4. At this point the lads again deserve great credit for their fighting spirit grabbing the game by the scruff of the neck and after testing the Bangor GK a couple of times finally found the net with 2 minutes to play and win the game 5-4
Squad- Sam Gregory-Cork, Jake Jones, Jack Davies, Calum Matthias, Ollie Sumner, Tom Wolstenholme, Oliwier Fiedor, Louis Rowlands, Ed Moore.
Goal scorers- Oliwier x2, Ollie, Calum, O.G.
Bala 2 TNS 11 (Sat 18th)
After a late finish Friday and some of the boys staying to support the first team we travelled to Bala for what turned out to be an easier fixture and dominant win which allowed for players to play in many different positions and go home beaming after two superb performances over the two days.
Squad- Henry Green, Sam Gregory-Cork, Jack Davies, Calum Matthias, Ollie Sumner, Ieuan Jones-Wellstead, Oliwier Fiedor, Tom Wolstenholme.
Goal Scorers- Ieuan x3, Oliwier x3, Calum x2, Jack x2, Tom.
Bala Town 5 TNS 7 (Sat 17th)
After their usual slow start to the game, going 2 nil down the saints came back strongly in the second period to take the lead 3-2 with goals through Jack Todd, Harry McVeigh and Eric Durnell. With the saints struggling to get used to the AstroTurf surface with the high balls from the home team it was the high bounce the saints were struggling to defend against and kept giving away corners, with the home team taking advantage on 4 occasions from the slack marking. The game stayed pretty close with the score 5 all with goals from Toddy and Harry keeping the saints in contention until the last 10 mins when the saints scored the last 2 of their seven goals, quite fitting then the goals were scored by the best 2 players for the saints on the day Steven King and MOM Ryan Lloyd, Ryan battled and scrapped for every ball which on a difficult surface you need to do so when the space does open the boys can use their skills and passing to great affect which they showed in parts of this encounter and is why they ultimately won the match…well done gents…
TNS 2 Flint Town 0 (Sun 18th)
The New Saints 12’s entertained Flint Sunday morning looking to get back to winning ways after last weeks disappointment vs Rhyl.
The home side started brightly retaining the ball well. A few early chances came their way when Harry Holland ran through on goal, and Jez Wheeeldon tried from distance. Both chances saved well by the opposition keeper.
As the game grew it became a more even contest with Flints no nonsense tackling putting an end to each one of TNS’s intricate attacks.
As frustration grew TNS managed the break the deadlock. Jay Lee turned out in possession to find Ryan Wilcox well, it was then the defenders exceptional pass down the line found winger Harry Holland, he controlled expertly and slotted home the opener well under pressure and from a tight angle.
TNS found themselves 2-0 shortly after, some fine pressing from Rhys Edwards and Jez in the middle pressured the Flint defence into losing ball. Striker TJ Burns capitalised on this well and raced through on goal to place the ball into the net. The half time whistle was blown, and the Saints went in 2-0 up.
The second half started similar to the first. TNS retaining the ball well and playing some neat one touch passing in the final third. The lads were unlucky not to add a third when Taylor Griffiths brilliantly found Thomas Potts, only for his effort to be cleared off the line. Moments later, Ellis Turner intricately found TJ again but this time the striker was unable to hit the target.
Down the other under, as again the game became more balanced Jay Lee and his GK Harrison Lewis were both called into action. Both making good stops to keep their clean sheet intact.
The right side was looking increasingly dangerous going forward, Will Mawdesley, Taylor and Tom Potts playing some superb football.
The final 10 minutes were very tactically interesting. TNS sitting deep and defending well with Flint doing all the attacking. However Flint had to be cautious and were almost out of side when Harry Owens mazing run found Hari who shot just wide. Some fine tackles from Ben Pritchard and Harry Holland kept the clean sheet for the team. Final whistle blown, a hard earned victory for the Under 12’s.
After the match the Under 12’s Coach Kieran Lee-Birch gave his thoughts “Today we have been very good and gave a very professional performance” “From GK to CF we have worked hard and given a really good account of ourselves” “Our second half performance was right up there with some of the best football I’ve seen to date off the lads” “unfortunately now they’ve demonstrated how well they can play, that is the standard they must now keep too” “I hope the lads enjoy their weekend off next week as the hard work resumes the week after, well done all”
Bala Town 2 TNS 1 (Sun 18th)
Squad: Shea, Ryan, Liam, Louis, Alfie, Ben, Kyle, Luke, James PJ, Robbie, Will, Jack P, Shane, Regan, Spencer
A close game away at Bala Town, we started brightly with some good passing and applying pressure when we didn’t have the ball. During the first half we created some good chances but we were unable to finish and Bala keeper did make some good saves. Towards the end of the first half, Bala created some chances and converted one when they scored from the edge of the area after we failed to clear the danger.
During the second half again we played well creating more chances but struggled to convert them. However after a good move Will Nevitt scored the equaliser. Bala did look dangerous when they broke, and did score what turned out to be the winner late in the 2nd half.
Coach Mark Evans said “We asked the players for a confident performance, playing in the correct way, which they gave us. No complaints from the performance, we created lots of chances following good link up play between the midfield and the forward players. With a little more composure in front of goal today, I would not be talking about a defeat. Well done boys”
TNS 4 Flint Town5 (Sun 18th)
Bala Town 1 TNS 5 (Sun 18th)
Goalscorers: J Parry, L Parry (2), D Evans, X Clarke
TNS 3 Flint Town 2 (Sun 18th)
Rhyl 1 TNS 3 (Sun 18th)
Andy Vale – Aziamale
Tom Ash – L Evans
Josh Baldwin – Sullivan
Scorers – OG, Mwamuka, Vale