Jones The Hero As Benyon’s Boys Beat Bangor

Following in the footsteps of TNS’ number one, Paul Harrison, earlier today Aaron Jones was the hero himself as he pulled off a last-minute penalty save for the JD WPL Development League team.

Steve Benyon brings us the report:

 

On Sunday December 17th, 16 of the Professional Phase players faced Bangor City away in the JD Welsh Premier Development League.

We knew we were going to be up against it with the opposition sitting second in the table, and the current Development League Champions.

The game was played at a high quality, with numerous chances created by ourselves, but for poor finishing the score remained 0-0 half-time.

Our luck changed second half through a well taken goal from Rob Reynolds, after previously hitting the post. James Parry picked up 2 sloppy bookings, which meant we were to play the last 30 minutes with 10 men.

We conceded a dubious last minute penalty, but Aaron Jones proved to be 1 of many heroes with a fantastic stop to spark wild scenes at full time, to win the game 1-0.

I am so proud of the players who competed well and at times outclassed a very good Bangor side, and the future is extremely bright with 11 of the 16 only 16 years of age.

I still feel we still aren’t firing on all cylinders, but still it was a brilliant reaction I was expecting for the players to deliver today, which they certainly did for large spells, but now need to work on game management and key decision making in specific areas and at important times.

This week sees many of the boys represent their county against West Midlands on Monday night, with a Category 1 Premier Cup game at home to Manchester Men’s 1 Tuesday and Thursday at home to Cefn Druids at 6.30pm, before a well deserved Christmas break.

Squad:

  1. Aaron Jones
  2. Matt Cole
  3. James Parry
  4. Dennis Bates
  5. Sam Finley
  6. Liam Ihekwoaba
  7. CJ Craven
  8. Ben Clark
  9. Rob Reynolds (x1)
  10. Callum Jones
  11. Harry Bower
  12. Guyguy Maboy
  13. Lewis Dutton
  14. James Gregory-Cork
  15. Liam Parry
  16. Lewis Kaye

Photograph: Bangor City website

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Stewart Bloor

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