Academy Round Up (7/8 Mar 2015)

Under 11s (Sat 7 Mar)

TNS 3 Bala 6

TNS entertained Bala at Park Hall on Saturday with the Under 11s arriving with a depleted squad through injury and illness. The impetus has been placed on a good start however it was anything but with TNS falling behind to two Bala goals in the first few minutes, both of which after affording too much time and space on the edge of the area inviting what were two well executed strikes. At the first break a slight change of shape resulted and TNS responded well building pressure and keeping the play in the opposition half. After a scramble from a corner Josh Lock gratefully spun on a sixpence to poke in the comeback goal and TNS looked like they could build on their dominance. However a lack of movement from our own goal kicks and all of a sudden Bala soon found themselves 4-1 up. Harry Holand got one back to break his goalscoring duck after a powerful run and shot from wide that flew into the top corner, and again after having much of the play TNS through the kitchen sink at a comeback but I wasn’t to be as Bala made it five and six on the break. Taylor Griffiths got a consolation goal with a cool one on one finish after a breakaway.

Manager Nathan said: “Again after good spells of play it’s isolated incidents of sloppiness and sleepiness that cost us. We showed enough today to win these games comfortably, but the team need to get the basics right, particularly in closing down and movement from dead ball play. Let’s hope for a response at training.”

Under 12s (Sun 8 Mar)

TNS 6 Porthmadog 0

The first 20 minutes was played at a high tempo with both teams creating chances.  The deadlock was broken when Luke Wicks scored with a good finish. Jack Parry added a 2nd goal before half time.

In the 2nd half the conditions worsened and was played in heavy rain, credit to both teams who continued to try to play passing football.  The third goal came after some great play from Ben Buley on the left wing who showed great perseverance and delivered a good cross which was met with a fine header from Josh Davies.  Jack Parry added his second of the game after 52 minutes.

In the final 5 minutes the team were shuffled which allowed Louie Millington to push forward, this resulted in him scoring 2 goals.  The 2nd in particular was a fierce shot into the roof of the net.

Coach Mark Evans was delighted with the performance.  An all-round great team effort.  The score line reflects an easy victory but it was far from it, each player had to work hard and showed good discipline in their positions.   The two new signings Josh Davies and Jack Parry are settling in well and continue to work hard which shows with them both being on the score sheet.

Goslscorers : Luke Wicks, Jack Parry(2), Josh Davies, Louie Millington(2)

Squad: David Williams, Spencer Parrish, Louie Millington, Liam Rawlings, Mat Marshall, Kyle McLeod, Luke Wicks, Ben Buley, Alfie Martin, Josh Davies, Jack Parry


Under 14s (Sun 8 Mar)

TNS 10 Porthmadog 1

The squad included:

Tom Jones, Lewis Dutton, Callum Murphy, Haci Ozlu, Sam Jones, Dan Smith, James Gregory-Cork, Liam Ihekwoaba, Luke Sussex, Jacob Barratt, Darren Evans, Tomos Williams, Sam Fowles, Jordan Tipping, Ben Pritchard, Owen Platt

TNS welcomed Porthmadog to the Venue and started well. Darren Evans finished off an excellent team move in the 4th minute. Jacob Barratt doubled the lead shortly afterwards with a fantastic free kick. Darren scored his second with a deft little chip over the keeper when put through by Liam Ihekwoaba. Dan Smith made it 4 from Jacobs corner. Darren got the 5th and his 3rd on the stroke of half time.

TNS came out for the second half and started well. Some fantastic link up play down the right made its way to Darren, who controlled the ball brilliantly, chipped the ball over the defenders head, turned and volleyed in to the goal, fantastic skill. James Parry added two goals from debutant Sam Fowles deliveries. Darren scored his 5th of the game.

TNS welcomed back Lewis Dutton from injury. However Lewis was unable to prevent Porthmadog scoring a consolation goal late on, despite his best efforts.

In the final moments Tomos Williams continued his recent run in front of goal with the 10th and final goal of the game.

After the game, coach Jason Brindley said:

“Despite the scoreline I don’t think we ever really got going today. There were flashes of what we are capable of. Some of the goals we scored were really good. Defensively we looked good. It was just the rhythm at times.

Saying that can’t take anything away from the way the boys applied themselves. We’ve seen the team I’m different lights recently. From gritty battles, to flowing games end to end.

We are coming to the business end of our season now. The players have been working hard. Looking forward to the next couple of fixtures and the Futsal finals.”

Under 15s (Sun 8 Mar)

TNS 4 Cefn Druids 1

TNS played host to Druids on Sunday. The lads won the ball straight from the kick off and went on the attack. Druids put 10 men behind the ball and looked for the long ball at every opportunity. Harry Jenks played in Sean Kiff who was brought down in the box only to be given offside! This lifted TNS and Ryan Smith and Peter Fletcher linked up well down the right and played in Harry only to see his effort go the wrong side of the post. Zak Dobie’s 25 yard effort beat the keeper, only to see the ball come back off the post. Druids scored against the run of play just before half time.

Half time 0-1

The lads were given instructions to move the ball quicker and get in and around the Druids players2nd half, as they wouldn’t be able to get near the lads. Straight from the kick off, Cameron Simpson beat his marker and his cross was met by Sean Phelan. His header saved by the keeper. The lads started to control the game and soon scored the equaliser, they fully deserved. Ryan Smith won the ball back and his inch perfect pass found Cameron and his cross was met by Sean Phelan to slot the ball into the bottom corner of the net. Peter Fletcher and Ryan Smith started to dictate the game and the 2 linked up for the 2nd goal. The pair played a 1-2 and found Cameron out wide, he cut inside and his low drive found the back of the net. Left back Will Evans then went close, his 20 yard effort went the wrong side of the post, with the keeper rooted to the spot. Jamie Monks’ clever corner found Ryan Smith unmarked and the TNS player headed the ball across goal for Sean Phelan to put the ball into the empty net. Will Evans saw his goal bound effort cleared off the line and his rebound went over the bar. Sean Phelan was brought down on the edge of the box for a free kick. Sean played the ball back for Cameron who let it run for Peter Fletcher to drive the ball goal bound only to see it saved. Jamie Monk played a 1-2 with Sean Kiff and played in Harry Jenks down the right. Harry beat 2 defenders and his cross was put in the net by Sean only for it to be ruled offside. TNS were enjoying a lot of the ball and Druids were penned in the own half  and struggled to get hold of the ball. Ryan Smith played Sean Phelan in and the TNS striker beat his marker and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net to complete his hat trick. Cameron, Harry, Ryan and Sean all had good chances to score before the referee blew the final whistle.

After the game Steve had this to say  ” It was definitely a game of 2 halves today. We were not in the game 1st half   and struggled to keep hold of the ball. They scored against the run of play just before half time. I just asked the lads to relax on the ball and to move the ball quickly. They went out 2nd half and controlled the game. We knew their tactics before the game, looking to by pass midfield and go long down the left. We stopped them playing in our final third and our defence were superb. Peter Fletcher and Ryan Smith were a class act today and Druids couldn’t cope with their movement. Cameron Simpson played some unbelievable balls into the box and fully deserved his goal. Sean Phelan scored 3 and was unlucky not to score more. I will look at the difference in the 2 halves today and we will work hard on Wednesday at training to right the wrongs, in preparation for a tough game, at home against Bangor next Sunday.”

TNS Squad

Ben Crump, Will Evans, Steve Macdonnell, Jamie Monk, Rhys Thomas, Zak Dobie, Sean Kiff, Taps Kamutasa, Peter Fletcher, Ryan Smith, Harry Jenks, Cameron Simpson, Sean Phelan


Scorers : Sean Phelan 3, Cameron Simpson 1