Academy Round Up (31 Jan & 01 Feb)

Under 7s (Saturday 31st January)

Shrewsbury Town vs TNS

The squad included:

Casey Sillitoe, Sam Davies, Liam Ford, Bailey Evans, Ryan Tinsley, Lewis Bennett, Rui Clarke-Phillips, Oliver Stevens-Sewell

TNS 7s played only their third game since forming but is was the toughest test yet for our youngest academy team against Shrewsbury Town.

The game started well with both sets of players looking to pass and move.

Shrewsbury created the better chances early on but the young Saints grew as the game went on.

Casey Sillitoe scored the goal of the game with a fantastic effort into the top far corner.

All players on both sides thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

After the game, Coach Jason Brindley said:
“I’m really pleased with our young players this morning. We have come a long way from when we started. With this youngest age group it is more of an introduction to the basics of football, to help them develop not just technically but to enhance their love of the game. All the boys played in different positions and the key thing is they really enjoyed themselves. They are coming together now and are starting to look ready for next season. Really pleased with all the boys.”


Under 8s (Saturday 31st January)

TNS 6 Shrewsbury Town 2

Team consisted of

Josh Anders GK – Took his chance in goal well and pulled off some good saves, commanded the box well and put defenders at ease.

Lewiz Jones GK – Solid display as ever for Lewiz, excellent distribution and some fantastic 1v1 saves against some talented Shrewsbury Town Strikers

Riley – Solid display from the captain, looked confident on the ball and scored towards the end of play.

Josh B – Quiet game but did what was expected, some good blocks in final 15 mins to ensure TNS kept the flattering scoreline.

Owen B – Played in a number of positions through match and dealt with them at ease. Started some good attacks off with some passing from the back.

James – Despite taking a dangerous block in the chest marched on and looked a danger with his bursts of energy through the midfield.

Alfie – The playmaker was unstoppable at times and took his goals well, fantastic turn to set up Sam Goal (MOTM)

Rhys – Always looked dangerous cutting inside, and scored a corner towards the end of the match, another close contender for MOTM, some excellent skills and ball manipulation at times.

Joe – Controlling performance in the middle and creativity was key to number of goals. Work rate in the defending 3rd of the pitch was also evident with a number of key blocks.

Sam – The pint-sized striker/winger scored 2 wonderful goals and was so close to hitting a hatrick, hitting the post twice, his weaving runs made defenders look silly.

Charlie – First proper match for the debutante winger and was exactly what we’ve been missing, little sloppy in possession but a speedy winger with the strength to accompany him, linked up well with Sam and Rhys, looks to be a great signing.

A windy morning for the mini saints against a side with a fantastic reputation, we knew this was going to be a hard game. A couple of nervous looks were vanished a few moments in when Alfie Harrison smashed the cross bar, seconds later Joe Drummond hit the post. This gave us the confidence we needed to take the game to Shrewsbury. With the inclusion of new signing Charlie, we changed our tactics from counter-attacking to a more attacking approach, with Alfie, Sam and Rhys pleasing coaches with their triangles, something we’ve worked in training.

The score was 1-0 when Alfie Harrison skipped past the defender and slotted home bottom corner. Moments later, Alfie’s Maradona turn passed the defender left his opposition for dead and his first time cross was met with a wonderful finish from Sam Aplin. TNS gifted Shrewsbury a way back into the game when defence and Gk lacked the communication and a simple tap in from the Shrewsbury attack was required. Half time 2-1 TNS.

The second half was completely different, TNS looked in control and constantly bombarded the Shrewsbury Goal, with Alfie and Riley adding more misery for the opposition. Just after Shrewsbury replied to put themselves back in the game Rhys Pettigrew scored an excellent corner. The game was finished when Sam Aplin fired home his 42nd goal of the season, nicknamed “Sambo”, the striker slotted home under pressure after a great ball through from James.

Coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “We beat their 7’s earlier in the season, so we knew this game was going to be really hard, the lads have done so well recently, and in my head I was praying not defeated heavily as I didn’t want our confidence to be knocked. Instead we played some of the best pass and move we’ve seen as a team, and scored some good goals. We’ve got a very talented bunch of lads and i’m looking forward to the next run of matches.”


Under 9s (Saturday 31st January)

TNS 4 – 7 Airbus

In a very open game, Saturday saw the U9’s lose at home to Airbus. After a couple of mistakes from TNS, we fell behind very quickly and Airbus opened up a 4-0 lead by half time. However, TNS kept their heads up and shown some resistance by scoring 3 goals of their own, one from Calum Matthias from almost in his own half as there was a mix up from the Airbus team, and the other two from Tom Wolstenholme. However Airbus got their two goal cushion again only for Ieuan Jones-Wellstead to score a well placed free kick for TNS. Airbus then grabbed themselves another 2 goals towards the end of the game.

Afterwards, Coach Rob Hughes said: “In a game where it was very open, we struggled to create many goal scoring opportunities, and at the other end, a few mistakes cost us as Airbus were able to capitalise and score 7 goals of their own. However, I was happy to see them bounce back and when we were able to pass the ball around effectively, we created them goal scoring opportunities”.

Next up for us is an away fixture with Wrexham which we are all looking forward to, then followed with a home fixture against Chester!

Team; Sam Gregory-Cork, Mikey McDonnell, Calum Matthias, Jack Davies, Ollie Sumner, Finley Chorlton-Wilcox, Ieuan Jones-Wellstead, Cody Tomlinson, Tom Wolstenholme.


Under 16s (Sun 1st February 2015)

Chester FC 1 TNS 2

Sunday saw the boys travel away to Chester. With a number of players missing due to involvement in Futsal, the squad knew they had a tough game in hand. However from the first whistle the boys dominated proceedings and had numerous golden chances to score. Chester scored a freak goal but the boys responded with 2 well worked goals. In all honesty the scoreline could have been double figures, but credit to Chester to keep on going and play some good football in the middle third. Goal scorers were Will and Callum.


Matt Wallace, Dan Jones, Ste Naisby, Izaack Lambert, Elliot Styche, James Harrison, Owen Hough, Lewis Burns, Will Doherty, Rhys Lee, James Arrowsmith, Dan Cox, Matt Williams, Joe Kinsella, Callum O’Connor, Alix Godfrey, Ben Dawson