Academy Round Up

The New Saints Under 15’s suffered an unlucky defeat at home to Connah’s Quay on Sunday the 23rd of February.

The Saints raced in to a two goal lead thanks to James Harrison who opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

Minutes later and it was two nil. Alix Godfrey’s wonderful ball found Scott Swords, who coolly finished, making it two nil.

Swords nearly made it three but hit the post having latched on to a great cross from Ben Dawson.

On the stroke of half time, the visitors pulled a goal back after TNS missed an opportunity to clear.

During the second half, Connah’s Quay scored three quick-fire goals but TNS never gave up and Harrison scored his second of the game from long distance to ensure that there was only one goal in it.

However, with only a few minutes left to play, the match finished four three to Connah’s Quay.

Alex Darlington and Russ Higgins were proud of the lads and said, ‘We were extremely pleased with the performance given the circumstances, particularly the first half. We thought Scott Swords was a constant threat. Alix Godfrey and James Harrison were excellent in midfield and Ste Naisby was a rock as usual. Credit to Joe Kinsella who’s distribution is ever improving and he made a couple of great saves. It was also great to see Iwan Webster get a full game coming back from injury.’

The squad on the day consisted of Joe Kinsella, Dan Jones, Ste Naisby, Iwan Webster, Ed Ellwood, Ben Dawson, James Harrison, Alix Godfrey, Ben Painter and Scott Swords.


The TNS Under 13’s beat Connah’s Quay by five goals to two at Park Hall stadium.

James Gregory Cork got TNS up and running with the first goal and Jack Vale made it two nil after only 13 minutes. The striker scored an audacious chip from 30 yards out after spotting the opposing goalkeeper off his line.

Despite the 2-0 lead Connah’s Quay looked good on the break and scored two goals in quick succession to draw level with The Saints.

The TNS players responded well and went back in front thanks to a goal from Darren Evans.

Harry Bower set up Evans, who coolly completed his brace and minutes later it got even better for the youngster.

The man of the match completed his excellent hat-trick and sealed a fantastic 5-2 win for his side.

Jason Brindley was happy with his side and said, ‘It took a little while for us to get going, despite taking an early lead. Jack Vale’s goal was sensational and he really has the ability to get you on the edge of your seat. I was disappointed that we didn’t get a hold of the game despite the two goal lead. Harry Bower was fantastic all game and he has really added an end product to his game.’

The squad included: Liam Lhekwoaba, Mikey Evans, Haci Ozlu, Sam Jones, Tom Halliday, Owen Platt, James Gregory Cork, Jack Vale, James Parry, Jordan Tipping, Tomos Williams, Luke Sussex, Darren Evans, Zac Davies, Harry Bower, Warren Jones and Dan Smith.

The New Saints Under 16’s beat Llandudno FC 10-2 at Park Hall Stadium on Sunday the 23rd of February.

The visitors raced into a two goal lead but by half time, The Saints had drawn level.

The second half was much better for TNS and the goals started to flow.

Tom Birch and Ross Tyler both scored to add to the braces that had been scored by Callum Graybrook and Harrison Millington. Lewis Evans was the star man with a wonderful four goal haul.

The squad consisted of Ant Sarnowski, Jack Bates, Dylan Tyrell, Lee Killen, Matt Bainbridge, Ross Tyler, Tom Birch, Cal Graybrook, Tom Ash, Harrison Millington, Sam Gostage, Andy Wycherley, Greg Evans, Matt Perry and Lewis Evans.