Saturday 12th March 2016
The New Saints Academy took their U8, U9 and U10 age groups to one of the most famous academies in the country, Crewe Alexandra. The U8s side won their fixture, whilst the U9s and U10s both lost by narrow margins. Crewe have a fantastic history of producing class internationals like David Platt, Danny Murphy and Robbie Savage, it was a brilliant experience for our young Saints.
Sunday 13th March 2016
The New Saints Academy took their U8 and U9s to play Burnley away. Both sides won their fixtures in exciting games against the Championship high flyers.
The U12/14/16s were all in action against Airbus Academy in the FAW Academy Cup.
The U12s came back from 2 down with 5 minutes to go to draw 2-2, showing fantastic character.
The U14s continued their great season, winning 2-0.
The U16s were unfortunate to be on the wrong side of a narrow 2-1 defeat.
The U15s welcomed Risca United from South Wales to Park Hall Stadium, winning their game 8-3.
Head of Foundation coach Jason Brindley said:
“Really positive weekend of fixtures for our young saints. The U8 and U9 age groups had a fantastic weekend facing top English opposition and doing the club proud, the U8s especially had 2 really good scores with a lot of local Oswestry based players. The Academy is really progressing and improving all the time, we are attracting top opposition and competing, it is great to see how our young players are developing.”
The New Saints U8s
On the 12th and 13th of March TNS U8s had the opportunity to travel to two big academies, Crewe Alexandra and Burnley. Over the weekend the squad would travel over 200 miles which shows the commitment of the parents. The young saints started the weekend away to Crewe U7s where we managed to come away with an impressive 10-4 victory. Even though a year younger the Crewe team were very impressive and were technically very good footballers. Goal scorers were Ellis (5), Ollie (3), Jayden and Ronnie.
Sunday we travelled to Burnley full of confidence from the day before. Again we faced their U7s but against the big clubs you cannot underestimate them. We again impressed and won the game comfortably. The score is irrelevant but I was really pleased with the professionalism of the players and the clean sheet. Even when putting conditions on our play, e.g. only two touches, retreat lines, etc. We still managed to play really well and keeping the clean sheet was a bonus. Goal scorers were Patrick (8), Ellis (7), Jayden (3), Rui (2), Fenn (2) and an own goal.
I’d like to thank Crewe and Burnley for their hospitality and hope we can have the opportunity to play again. Also thanks to the players and parents for their efforts over the weekend.
Squad: Oliver, Sam, Nikolas, Rui, Patrick, Ellis, Ronnie, Ollie, Liam, Louie, Jayden and Fenn.
The New Saints U9s
Venue: Burnley Academy.
Sunday saw another lengthy but exciting away trip. This time the under 9’s travelled to Burnley to play their under 8’s. After a very even but cautious first 15 minutes that ended 1-0 to the hosts the team started the second quarter and subsequently remainder of the game with renewed confidence and played football at times well beyond their age. With some aggressive dribbling and intricate combinations but what was probably most pleasing was the transitions between in possession and out of possession. Also the attitude and team spirit the lads showed was exceptional. Defensively the lads were solid and accurate with their passing and whenever called upon James Sloan was equal to any attempt on target. An absolute credit to the club!!
The New Saints U10s
Venue: Crewe Academy.
On Saturday we travelled to one of the most successful football academies in the UK to play against their academy teams from the year below. The U10’s faced the Crewe Alexandra Academy U9 team and after what can only be described as a slow and nervy first quarter the team applied themselves very well and for most of the remaining 50 mins matched Crewe in an end to end attacking match. The difference between the two teams was maybe surprisingly not the technical ability of the players but speed and stamina and although the boys did not give in until the final whistle we were not able to match their intensity and energy levels.