The TNS Under 14′s took on the Wrexham Schoolboys yesterday.
The format of the game was 3×25 minutes.
The TNS lads came into this game having had the last five weeks off and The Saints looked a little rusty during the beginning.
TNS had several key players away on holiday and some of the lads had to play in unfamiliar positions. The school boys managed by Steve Buxton, enjoyed a lot of the ball early on, but despite TNS starting to assert themselves on the game, the schoolboys scored the only goal of the first third.
Steve Monk asked the lads to relax more on the ball and to have fewer touches, as well as more passes in the next third.
The TNS players duly obliged and started the brighter. However, once again, against the run of play, the schoolboys scored. The TNS lads responded with some slick passing and Rob Reynolds played a neat one two with Ross Hardy who then passed the ball through to Ricky Williams, who made no mistake to pull a goal back after slotting the ball in to make it two one. With the goal Williams had taken his personal tally to eight goals in only four games since signing for the club.
Kai Hilditch-Roberts then made an excellent save, only for the schoolboys to react quickest and scramble the ball over the line. The schoolboys built on their lead and quickly scored another two goals with some good patient build up play.
The TNS lads got the ball down and had a lot of possession down the right hand side with both Rob and Ross linking up really well and after James Lloyd went up front for TNS, he pulled a goal back, thanks to his strike hitting the post before going in.
The school boys then added another after some patient build up play. Despite the setback, The Saints responded immediately with Lloyd scoring his second goal of the game, directly from the kick off.
The TNS lads enjoyed more possession and had a few more chances to score but to no avail and with only minutes left, the schoolboys managed to score from a deflected shot.
The game ended TNS 2-7 Wrexham schoolboys.
The result doesn’t give a true reflection of the way the TNS lads played and it was a closer game than the result shows. The TNS team were disappointed with the result and will now look to work on a few things when they start back in training on Tuesday.
Next up for the team is an away trip against Cardiff City on Thursday.
The TNS team was Matt Williams, Arron Jones, Billy Minshall, Jamie Monk, Lucas Robert (Trialist), Zac Dobie, Sam Postle, Rob Reynolds, James Lloyd, Ross Hardy, Ricky Williams, Kai Hilditch-Roberts, Alex Rowlands and Osian Morris.
The other game that was played during the weekend involved the TNS Under 16′s.
The TNS Under 16′s 18-0 Coedpoeth.
The goal scorers are listed below.
Ross Tyler (x3), Matt Bainbridge, George Minshall (x2), Lewis Evans (x3), Harrison Millington (x3), Joe Walsh (x2), Ryan Tyrer (x2), Steve Roberts and Greg Evans.
Right from the start the boys were hungry to avenge a disappointing semi-final loss at Keele and were already 7-0 up by half-time. All of the goals were well worked through different players and combinations. A special mention must go to two Under 15 players. Alfie and Matt who stepped up and didn’t look out of place at all
Steve Benyon was delighted with his team after the game and said, ‘It was a very good workout for the boys with 18 very good goals scored. There were excellent performances all through the team, as well as solid partnerships formed in all departments. The boys played some fantastic high tempo football with great combination play and we just need to continue to work on movement off the ball and interchanging between positions.’
The next fixture for the TNS Under 16′s is an away game against Cardiff City on Thursday the 22nd August.