Academy Round Up

The New Saints Under 16’s lost five nil against the Australian Touring Team.

Sunday saw the boys come up against a very talented and strong Australian Touring team. The age difference took its toll but the opposition certainly played the ball around with comfort and ease. The Aussies dominated the match and despite TNS fighting until the end, overall it was a disappointing result for all involved.

Steve Benyon admitted that his team struggled and said, ‘The boys struggled to cope with the pace and physical presence of their opponents. We were slightly off the boil with wayward passes and sloppy mistakes. This Thursday, the boys will play against Galacticos at The Venue.’

The team line up consisted of Jack Perry, Steve Roberts, Jack Bates, Lee Killen, Matt Perry, Joe Walsh, Greg Evans, Cal Graybrook, Tom Birch, Sam Gostage and Leighton Tierney.

On the bench were Ross Tyler, Ben Alexander and Christophe Asimale.

The New Saints Under 13’s drew three all with Chester City.

TNS started well and took the lead through James Gregory Cork who calmly lobbed the Chester ‘keeper after good link up play between Zac Davies and Harry Bower. Chester equalised but Darren Evans managed to put his side back in front after a powerful finish.

However, within seconds, Chester equalised again and moments before half time, things got worse, as they scored again to give them a lead going into half time.

Tomos Williams managed to head in to level the match and in the final moments, TNS had a couple of really good chances but had to settle for the draw.

Jason Brindley was happy with his side and said, ‘I was really pleased with the team today. We knocked the ball around well and looked threatening every time we went forward, especially down the right hand side through Zac Davies and Harry Bower, who were both brilliant. Their link up play was fantastic to watch. We showed a lot of character and battled back really well. The team is growing from strength to strength, even if we had won today I wouldn’t of been happier with the attitude and desire shown from a great bunch of lads.’

The team was made up of Lewis Dutton, James Parry, Tom Halliday, Haci Ozlu, Zac Davies, Jack Vale, Liam Ihekwoaba, James Gregory-Cork, Harry Bower, Jordan Tipping and Darren Evans.

On the bench were Owen Platt, Tomos Williams, Sam Jones, Luke Sussex and Mikey Evans.

The TNS Under 11’s lost four three to Crewe on Saturday the 30th of November.

In what was another close game, Crewe took the lead after seven minutes, but TNS levelled three minutes later after an excellent finish from Spencer Parrish.

Following the first break Crewe went back in front, but similar to the first goal TNS replied moments after with a nice finish from Matt Tunnadine.

TNS then took the lead after the half hour mark after a really good individual goal from Finlay Evans. Crewe hit back with two goals in two minutes just before the end of the second period.

Both teams continued to play good entertaining football but the score remained the same and Crewe ran out victors.

Mark Evans was pleased with his team and said, ‘On the whole I was really pleased with the commitment and performance of all the players.’

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

The New Saints Under 10’s beat Crewe six one thanks to goals from Tom Williams, Leon Evans, Taylor Griffiths, Josh lock and a brace from Harry Holland.

Coach, Tim Allen was happy the way the boys played and said, ‘It took the boys a while to start playing their free flowing football but once they settled down, they played some great stuff, Will Rogers standing out on the day with some sublime passing.’

The squad included Harvey Jones, Tom Williams, Rhys Edwards, Leon Evans, Jay Lee, Taylor Griffiths, Harry Holland, Ryan Edwards, Kyle Mcloed, Will Rogers, Josh Lock and Jez Wheeldon.

The New Saints Under 9’s beat Crewe eight nil thanks to goals from Josh Evans, Edward Moore, Charlie Cahill, Adam Tirebuck and braces from Harry Owen and Thomas Potts.

The successful squad was made up of Gethin Sanger, Jack Edwards, Jac Herbert, Ryan Chorlton-Wilcox, Lughaidh Power, Iewan Oldfield, Charlie Cahill, Connor Thomas, Adam Tunnadine, Adam Tirebuck, Daniel Burnett, Harry Owen, Edward Moore, Thomas Potts and Josh Evans.

In what was a fantastic performance from The Saints, Craig Edwards said, ‘I was really happy thanks to the defence being solid, the midfield being creative and the goals coming from six members of the squad. Ryan Chorlton-Wilcox stood out with a solid and confidant performance at the back. Connor Thomas and Charlie Cahill are forming a good partnership through the middle and there was some good wing play by Edward Moore.’