Academy RoundUp 6/7 Feb 2016

Under 8s (06/02/16)

Crewe Alexandra DC 2 TNS 2

Under 8s squad: Oliver, Fenn, Nikolas, Patrick, Ollie, Rui, Ronnie, Louie, Jayden and Ellis.

On Saturday 6th February we travelled to the Alexandra Soccer Centre to play against Crewe DC. We knew the opposition would be of a high quality and they did not disappoint. Crewe took the lead from a long-range effort that was saved but had just crossed the line before it was fully gathered. There was good football played by both teams but TNS were the more attacking of the two sides and the hard work finally paid off when Patrick fired passed the very impressive Crewe goalkeeper. Ollie put the young Saints in front in his first appearance after signing for the club. TNS did not manage to hold onto their lead as Crewe hit on the counter attack and the striker made no mistake in slotting the ball into the corner.

All in all it was a very good performance from TNS but failure to take the numerous chances they created cost them from winning the game. Man of the match had to go to the Crewe goalkeeper who made numerous top saves.

We would like to thank Crewe for their hospitality and for the complimentary tickets for the Crewe v Rochdale game which some of the lads took advantage of.

Under 9s (06/02/16)

Crewe Alexander DC 6 TNS 5

The U9’s travelled to Crewe Saturday, in challenging weather conditions it was Crewe who edged this match 6-5.

The team consisted of James S, Ashley, Alex, Jakub, Will, James N, Thomas, Sam, Rhys, Joe, Jack, Alfie and Riley

U9’s Coach Kieran Lee-Birch said “At times we played some good football” “We created lots of chances and looked dangerous going forward” “The team is full of potential, I’m looking forward to addressing one or two areas for improvement in training” “Thanks to Crewe for their warm welcome as always”.

Under 10s (06/02/16)

Crewe Alexandra DC 1 TNS 5

On Saturday the U10’s travelled to Crewe with the rest of the foundation age groups to play against their Development Centre teams.

The game was 8v8 played over 4 x 15 minute quarters.

After some very tough fixtures in recent weeks again we placed our focus on performance and not results. The main focus for the players individually was defending/dominating in 1v1 situations after this was our focus in this week’s training programme.

I think all the players achieved their goal on this subject and we were also able to play some very attractive football going forward whilst recognising the danger when we lost the ball and reacting quickly to recover our defensive positions. Having said that whenever called upon Henry Green was sensational between the sticks.

The lads started the game lively and created some good opportunities to lead after the first quarter 2-0. In the second quarter Crewe came out fighting and were very aggressive in the tackle sometimes letting their emotions boil over and struggling to maintain their discipline however the boys reacted in the correct manner and let their feet do the talking scoring two more goals and at the halfway point led 4-0.

The third quarter was a bit scrappy and neither side created many chances but Crewe edged it scoring a goal and after three quarters the score was 4-1. A quick gee up in the interval and the lads were a lot more positive again in the final quarter and fully deserved to score to make the final score 5-1.

After the game some of the boys took advantage of the complimentary tickets on offer from Crewe and went to watch Crewe Alexandra win 2-0 against Rochdale at Gresty Road in their League One game.

Under 15s (07/02/16)

Llandudno 4 TNS 7

On Sunday 7th February TNS 15s travelled to play Llandudno, with the game being a 5pm KO being played under the lights at Park MBi Maesdu.

It was the traveling team who started the brightest, really pressing Llandudno high up the pitch. TNS raced into a 4-0 lead at half time with arguably their best performance of the season thus far, with goals from Ismael, James and James.

The weather conditions drastically changed in the second half, with the rain and wind really effecting play.

Llandudno pulled 2 goals back at the beginning of the second half with complacently creeping in from The New Saints. However they soon hit back with a superb goal from Dray.  Llandudno were starting to use the wind to their advantage and were counter attacking with real purpose. James finished off the scoring for TNS with the game finishing 7-4.

Afterwards, coach Jason Brindley said:

“I was really impressed with the first half today, the players really took on pre match instructions and their performance was frightening. To come to a very good side like Llandudno and to dominate the way they did in the first 40mins was superb. I was a little disappointed with the second half if I’m honest, I think complacency kicked in and the weather began to play a part. But overall a good performance.”