Academy Round up

The New Saints Under 19’s thrashed Conwy 10-0 thanks to goals from Fisnik Hajdari, Rhys Cooper, Jordan Wells, Ollie Beaman, Ryan Pryce, Ben Richards, an own goal from Jordan Fraizer and a superb hat-trick from Taylor James.

Evans’ Saints started really well and scored early on through a surprise header from James. Soon after a terrific pass from
Hajdari found Cooper who finished well.

Minutes later is Hajdari smashed in from 25 yards out after he did well to create space for himself.

The second half started with The Saints leading three nil and added two more goals from James and Wells to give them a five goal advantage.

James then completed a perfect hat-trick and within minutes Beaman converted. Pryce got amongst the goals with a shot that saw him finish like a natural striker. Richards slotted home after more great work from James and the man of the match was once again involved as his cross was deflected in by a Conwy defender.

The winning team was made up of Ryan Edkins, Ryan Pryce, Adam Davies, Ollie Beaman, Jordan Wells, Fisnik Hajdari, Rhys Cooper, George Mitten, Taylor James, Harvey Holmes and Liam Walker.

Full time Conwy 0-10 TNS.


The New Saints Under 16’s slipped up to Bristol Rovers, losing by two goals to one despite a goal from Greg Evans.

The boys were looking for a positive performance against a strong and well organised Bristol Rovers side. After a long journey, the boys took their time to get up to speed with the tempo of the game as well as the quick passing style of Bristol Rovers.

The Saints  went a goal down due to a defensive mix up but still managed to create some decent opportunities but failed to add that extra bit of quality to the moves.

After half time the boys came out all guns blazing and deservedly drew level from a well worked goal scored by Evans. He managed to beat the offside trap and coolly slot the ball underneath the advancing goalkeeper.

Against the run of play, Rovers scored the winning goal which was their only shot of the second half.

Steve Benyon was happy with his side and said, ‘It was pleasing to see the boys able to cope with the physical demands of a very well organised and talented Bristol Rovers side but yet again lacking that quality edge seemingly in front of goal to round off good build up play. Also positional sense at times was suspect and will be addressed next week.’

Next fixture sees the boys play at home to Cefn Druids on Sunday 13th October.

The line up was Jack Perry, Matt Perry, Ryan Tyrer, Matt Bainbridge, Jack Bates, Harrison Millington, Greg Evans, Cal Graybrook, Sam Gostage, Lewis Evans and Tom Birch.

Full time Bristol Rovers 2-1 TNS.


The New Saints Under 13’s beat Airbus UK four goals to one thanks to Ben Pritchard, James Gregory Cork, Darren Evans and Jack Vale.

The Under 13’s started the game brightly and carved a few opportunities early on before taking the lead on the 10th minute with a Pritchard header from a corner.

A minute later and it was two nil. Gregory Cork, who was outstanding all game, coolly converted and ensured that his team had a two goal advantage at half time.

The second half started with a much higher tempo and Evans continued his excellent goal scoring form with a powerful finish to make it three nil.

The visitors pulled a goal back but Vale rounded the advancing goalkeeper before finishing from a tight angle to seal a four one victory for The Saints.

Jason Brindley was ecstatic with his team and said, ‘It was a fantastic performance from us. The Airbus team were more organised and competitive than recent teams we’ve played but the lads stood up to the test physically as well as technically. Every player put in 110% and worked so hard for each other which I’m delighted about. The lads are enjoying their football and it’s showing by the way we are playing and the results they are earning.’

The team consisted Lewis Dutton, James Parry, Ben Pritchard, Haci Ozlu, Zac Davies, James Gregory Cork, Sam Jones, Owen Platt, Harry Bower, Jordan Tipping and Darren Evans.

Full time  TNS 4-1 Airbus UK.

The TNS Under 11’s drew thee all with Airbus UK after goals from Ben Buley, Ben Rowlands and Morgan Daykin rescued the draw.

Airbus scored two goals in the first two minutes and then added a third from close range to give The Saints the worst possible start.

However, Mark Evans’ team bravely battled back and Buley pulled a goal back two minutes after the half time break. Rowlands then added another five minutes later and the comeback was complete when Daykin expertly headed in.

Evans was happy with his players and said, ‘Credit to the lads who battled back and credit to Airbus for a very good close game.  Both teams played good football at times and it was a pleasure to watch.’

The squad for the game 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, Luke Wicks and Jac Scott.

Full time TNS 3-3 Airbus UK.