Academy RoundUp 28th / 29th November 2015

Under 9s (Sunday 29/11)

Everton 8 TNS 2

Played at Finch Farm (Everton’s training ground)

Team consisted of – James S, Alex, Ashley, Riley, Joe, Jack, James N, Jakub, Rhys, Will, Alfie, Thomas, Sam

Despite the scoreline The New Saints gave a really good account of themselves against a very strong team.

The scorers on the day were Alfie Harrison and Sam Aplin.

After the match U9’s Coach Kieran said “I’m really proud of the lads today, they’ve given it everything” “It was a fantastic experience for all of us and something the lads can hold onto forever”

The New Saints would like to thank Everton for their very warm welcome.

Under 10s (Sat 28/11)

TNS 9 Rhyl 7

Squad – Henry Green, Sam Gregory-Cork, Calum Matthias, Josh Burnett, Jack Davies, Jake Jones, Jake Duppa, Ieuan Jones-Welstead, Ollie Sumner, Oliwier Fiedor, Tom Wolstenholme, Louis Rowlands.

Scorers – Ollie, Oliwier x4, Tom, Jack x2, Ieuan.

Today we welcomed Rhyl to a cold and wet Park Hall stadium knowing that Rhyl were a good side and we would need to apply ourselves correctly to get a positive result after suffering defeat in the reverse fixture earlier on this season. The game was poised with Rhyl just infront after the first two quarters that saw us play with more creativity but caught on several occasions from long balls direct from the goalkeeper.

Going into the final two quarters we knew we had to stay focussed defensively even when the ball was in and around Rhyl’s goal mouth as they looked to play from back to front with minimum touches of the ball. We also agreed that Rhyl had worked harder in the first two quarters when not in possession and that if we matched their work rate then we would be rewarded accordingly.

The boys started the third quarter with a bang and never looked back from there, creating several good opportunities and with Sam Gregory-Cork and Henry Green both in fine form in goal we pegged Rhyl back and soon took the lead.

I feel that we looked to play the more creative football and by the end worked equally as hard as Rhyl so the lads fully deserved the result and the gratification that came with their performance.

Under 13s (Sunday 29/11)

TNS 2 Rhyl 1

On a blustery, wet day, this match was played at a high tempo. Rhyl started brightly, but the strong tackling Jack Brindley broke up a number of the Rhyl attacks. There was a good midfield battle and Kyle Williams almost managed to firstly put Will Nevitt and then Spencer Parrish through only for the strong wind to take the ball through to the Rhyl goalkeeper on both occasions. It was 0-0 at halftime and Rhyl again started the brighter team and Regan Jones and Ryan Dacey were tested against the wind.

TNS began to play better football and in the 50th minute Louis Davies managed to head in a Will Nevitt corner for TNS to take the lead. Unfortunately, Rhyl managed to equalise within 5 minutes after a good through ball a neat chip over the advancing TNS trialist goalkeeper Matthew Jackson. TNS were spurred into action again and won another corner and it was Louis Davies who managed to score his second from a Jack Brindley corner. Rhyl piled on the pressure, but TNS held on for a hard fought win.