Academy Round Up

The New Saints beat Bala Town three one at Park Hall stadium.

The Saints raced into a two goal lead thanks to Ryan Kershaw and Taylor James and in the last minute of the match, Dylan Jones made it three nil.

The starting line up was made up of Ryan Edkins, Ryan Pryce, Adam Davies, Aaron Simms, Jordan Wells, Ryan Kershaw, Dylan Jones, Fisnik Hajdari, Taylor James, Ben Richards and Rhys Cooper.

On the bench were Stewart Evans, James Jones, Jamie Hands, Liam Walker and Sam Prince.


The New Saints Under 13’s drew four all with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

TNS started off well and opened the scoring through Darren Evans. Jack Vale played the striker in, who made no mistake as he struck his powerful effort from close range. Minutes later, Evans then completed his brace. However, Wolves pulled a goal back but with Evans looking dangerous, he managed to complete a wonderful hat-trick. Harry Bower won a penalty and Evans calmly stepped up and converted to give his side a three one lead at the break.

The second half started in a similar fashion to the first and on a memorable day for Evans, the striker scored his fourth. However, despite looking comfortable, Wolves scored three late goals to claw back the game and ensure that the match finished level.

Jason Brindley was pleased with the effort from his side and said, ‘It was a great game today. It was a really good effort put in by each and everyone of my players. Wolves are a very good passing team and move the ball around well. We matched them and really had a go at them. It’s not everyday that you feel slightly disappointed to draw 4-4 with Wolves, which tells you how good the performance of the team was. Darren Evans was fantastic and scored some really good goals.’

Brindley went on to add that, ‘Jack Vale showed a new side to his game with his brilliant work rate to match his other talents and he was always putting Wolves under pressure. Overall every single player was outstanding and it was another great learning curve for this ever growing team. A couple of the young Wolves players had never heard of TNS before the game. They certainly know who we are now!’

The squad included Jack Perry, James Parry, Haci Ozlu, Ben Pritchard, Zac Davies, James Gregory-Cork, Liam Ihekwoaba, Sam Jones, Harry Bower, Jack Vale, Darren Evans, Owen Platt, Tomos Halliday, Mikey Evans and Tomos Williams.