Academy Update

The New Saints Under 19’s beat Newtown 6-1 thanks to goals from Ryan Kershaw, Ben Richards, Taylor James, Harvey Holmes and  a brace from Liam walker.

TNS started well which set the tone for the whole of the game and were on the front foot from the start, creating a number of chances. Walker who  was voted as the man of the match opened the scoring. Kershaw did really well to pick him out and Walker made no mistake with a great finish.

Soon after he added his second of the game. This time it was Rhys Cooper with a brilliant cross which the confident Walker latched onto before finishing from just inside the six yard box.

The Newtown Under 19’s pulled a goal back after a mix up in the TNS defence but moments later Richards smashed in a from range, only for Kershaw to get his name on the score sheet with a wonderful curling effort.

Steve Evans’ side carried on applying a lot of pressure in the second half and Holmes was on hand to capitialise on a fumble from the Newtown goalkeeper.

James finished off the scoring with a superb effort to ensure that the TNS Under 19’s triumphed 6-1.

The squad for the game was Ryan Edkins, Ryan Pryce, Adam Davies, Ollie Beaman, Jordan Wells, Ryan Kershaw, Rhys Cooper, George Mitten,Taylor James, Ben Richards, Liam Walker, James Jones, Jamie Hands, Liam Edwards and Harvey Holmes.


The New Saints Under 16’s beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 thanks to goals from Leighton Tierney and Lewis Wenton.

Wolves took the lead after a defensive mistake despite The Saints controlling the majority of the match. However, the lads came out in a very determined fashion and drew level thanks to a superb header from Tierney after an inch perfect cross by Cal Graybrook.

Minutes later, Wenton scored the winning goal as TNS held on for a famous victory.

Steve Benyon was pleased with his team and said, ‘It was really pleasing to see the boys play so well against a physical Wolves side. There is still a lot of work to be done on finishing, and decision making in key areas, but overall it was a fantastic morale boosting victory.’

The squad for the game was Antoni Sarnowski, Matt Perry, Ryan Tyrer, Matt Bainbridge, Leighton Tierney, Harrison Millington, Greg Evans, Nash Mwamuka, Sam Gostage, Tom Birch, George Minshall, Jack Perry, Cal Graybrook, Joe Walsh, Jack Bates and Lee Killen.


The TNS Under 15’s beat Gap Connahs Quay 3-2 on Sunday.

The Saints  passed the ball well through out but went one nil down early on. Minutes later James Arrowsmith fired in an excellent goal from the edge of the box to bring his team level and moments after, Ayman Sekkoiti put TNS in the lead  after a great finish.
Connahs Quay then equalised after an error from TNS with Ste Naisby unfortunately heading in to his own net.
The lads went in to the half time break level at two all but TNS got stronger the longer the second half went and eventually got the winner that they deserved. Arrowsmith got his second after some really good pressure to ensure his side won 3-2.
Manager Jason Aldcroft said after the game ‘I was really pleased today. The things we have been working on in training are coming to fruition. We passed the ball much better and the new lads and older lads are mixing well now. The squad is developing nicely. Special mention to Ste Naisby who had an impressive game and didn’t let the own goal get to him.’

Connahs Quay Nomads beat The New Saints Under 12’s by six goals to four despite a goal from Issac Dawson and superb hat-trick by Tai Jones.

TNS made a great start to the game scoring within the first minute. Jones found himself through on goal and finished really well. Connahs Quay found an equaliser ten minutes later and scored again soon after to take the lead.

The New Saints who were still trying to find their first win of the season then scored two quick goals through the impressive Jones and the hat-trick hero thought that he had givin his side the half time lead, only for Connah’s Quay to equalise and then on the stroke of half time went in front.

The home side continued to push forward and made life for The Saints very difficult as they raced into a six one lead. However, late on in the match, Dawson got in amongst the goals to ensure that the match finished 6-3 to The Nomads.

The TNS Under 12 squad was Alex Clarke, Cameron James, Ryan McVeagh, Keane Marks, Daniel Davies, Isaac Dawson, Max Kulbida, Jack Aplin, Liam Davies, Thomas Roberts-Lyon, Tai Jones,  Robert Johnson, Callum Evans and Mackenzie Wadeson.

The New Saints Under 11’s lost 3-2 to Gap Connah’s Quay despite goals from Ben Buley and Dion Williams.

Just two minutes after the kick off Connah’s Quay took the lead and they maintained their advantage after the first part of the game.

During the second period, a much improved performance from TNS saw Buley score just after the restart. A fine goal from Williams after 38 minutes saw the game sway in favour of TNS.

The game was very even with chances at both ends but Connahs Quay scored two goals in two dramatic minutes right at the end of the match to ensure that they left with the victory.  TNS had a great chance in the final minute but the ball rattled the bar.

Mark Evans was happy with his team after the game and said,’ It was a massive improvement in terms of the performance and the result. We were very unlucky not to end all square, but there are plenty of positives to take out of the game.’

The squad was Ben Buley, Max Hughes, Ben Rowlands, James Burrows, David Williams, Liam Rawlings, Dion Williams, Louie Millington, Finlay Evans, Spencer Parrish, Lewis Hodgson, Matt Tunnadine, Morgan Daykin and Luke Wicks.