On Saturday TNS U8s travelled to play in a mini football festival on Connahs Quays brand new Quay 3G pitch.
The festival was prior to the first team fixture, and also included Bangor City.
The first game saw the young Saints face up against Bangor City.
Both sides played some superb football, with the game going end to end. Bangor narrowly edged a closely thought game.
Next the U8s faced hosts Connahs Quay.
Connahs Quay started the brightest, but TNS came back strong, scoring a couple of really well worked goals.
After the games, coach Jason Brindley said:
“Pleased with what I saw again this morning from our U8s age group. I have worked with them a few times this season and I am delighted with the way they are developing. They played positive football, from the back, and did it well.”
TNS 9 Birmingham City 10
Squad – Henry Green (GK), James Sloan (GK), Jack Davies, Tom Wolstenholme, Ollie Sumner, Ieuan Jones-Wellstead, Oliwier Fiedor, Alfie Harrison, Sam Gregory-Cork, Louis Rowlands, Jake Duppa.
Goalscorers – Sam 3, Oliwier 2, Ieuan 2, Jack, Alfie.
On Sunday 20th March we welcomed Birmingham City Academy to Park Hall to play an academy friendly over 4×15 minutes.
The game started a little nervously for ourselves as we showed Birmingham a little bit too much respect and went into the first break 1-0 down but we had enough moments in the first quarter to encourage the team to be positive for the remainder of the match. Going into the second quarter the team got straight onto the front foot Pressing Birmingham high and forcing errors in possession. Birmingham however showed that they had good character as well as ability and were willing to match our effort and enthusiasm which lead to an all action end to end match resulting in lots of counter attacks, strong tackles and excellent saves from all involved.
Whilst at this age group the score is not our primary focus the team can feel very unlucky to finish behind on the goal tally but the lads more than matched a very good Birmingham City side from start to finish and can be extremely proud of their performance.
I would also like to take a moment to thank Birmingham City Academy players, parents and coaches for taking the time to travel to Oswestry and play the game in the right manner. We look forward to the possibility of doing it again soon.
TNS 5 Birmingham City 10
Game started off very one sided and Birmingham raced into a 5-1 lead within the first quarter of the game. Second and third quarter we improved massively and managed to get the score to 5-3 going into the last quarter. In the end the quality of the Birmingham players tipped the game in their favour and Birmingham went onto win the game quite comfortably. Lots of positives to take out of the game, mainly coming from the second and third quarter where more belief meant that the performance was a lot better. (Goal scorers: Jaz 2, Josh 2 and Toddy)
TNS 5 Birmingham City 5
The squad consisted of – Harrison. L, Matt. M, Jay. L, Harry. O, Jez. W, Harry. H, Harishanker. S, Josh. L, Alfie. M, TJ. B, Rhys. E, Ellis. T, McKenzie. PG, Alex. P and James. PJ.
Sunday saw The New Saints Under Twelves welcome Championship side Birmingham City to the Park Hall Stadium. Those present witnessed a thrilling ten goal encounter.
The New Saints started brightly creating numerous opportunities but despite this found themselves 2-0 down early on. The home side reacted quickly and were back in the game when TJ Burns calmly slotted home from a tight angle. Failure to apply pressure from The New Saints midfield allowed the Birmingham number seven too much time and he fired his side back into a comfortable lead. Prior to this goal The New Saints had been on top with some good work coming down the right from Alfie Martin, Harry Holland and Matt Marshall. James Palgrave and Rhys Edwards were dictating play in the midfield with their energy and range of passing so the Saints went into half time feeling a little hard done by.
The second half was equally entertaining. Rhys Edwards and Josh Lock were linking up well going forward creating multiple opportunities, however they could not beat the excellent Birmingham City goalkeeper. A further two goals from MOTM TJ Burns, a cool finish from lively debutant Alex Palmer and another goal from Birmingham added to the drama meaning the match was balanced at 4-4 with six minutes to play. Inspired by the exciting football they were playing, the Saints marched forward with TJ Burns capitalising on a defensive mix up in which he fantastically placed his effort into the bottom corner. Despite a very spirited performance, a win was not to be as Birmingham equalised with seconds to play.
After the game, Under Twelves Coach Kieran Lee-Birch gave his thoughts – “Today was another fantastic experience for the lads” “I thought we started brightly however we found ourselves 2-0 down early on” “We shown great character to get back into the game and go ahead with only minutes left, unfortunately we could not hold on though” “I thought there was many positives to take from the game for example our ability to create chances, ball retention and some very good individual displays” “To improve we must work on our shape and react quicker in that transition from attack to defence as the good teams will punish you” “We must also make sure we do not sit too deep as a defensive unit otherwise we invite pressure and allow the opposition too much space to exploit” “Overall a really pleasing performance, one which made me a very proud Coach”.
Birmingham City 5 The New Saints 0
TNS under 13’s travelled to Wast Hills Training Ground to play Birmingham academy on Sunday morning.
The game got underway with both teams creating some half chances but noting coming from them. Although TNS were defending very well the deadlock was broken just 5 minutes before going into our quarter break. 1-0
Into the second quarter TNS didn’t see much of possession and when they did regain possession it was given away too easily, taking nothing away from the Birmingham boys as they were the more passionate team and wanted to win the game more so than TNS and were playing the better football. Birmingham grabbed their second goal in the last minute of the half. 2-0
The rest of the game was very similar to the second quarter as Birmingham dominated possession and created most of the chances. Birmingham managed to grab 2 further goals in each of the last 2 quarters. Jack Brindley did have a great chance near the end for a consolation goal but unfortunately was unable to convert his 1 on 1 chance with the goalkeeper.
Special mention to Shea the TNS goalkeeper as he was outstanding all throughout the game pulling off many great saves to keep TNS in touch with Birmingham but they were just too much for Shea and the rest of the TNS team.
Connahs Quay 0 TNS 5
On Sunday TNS U15s travelled to play Nomads on their brand new Quay 3G pitch.
TNS started bright and got off to a wonderful start with Ben Clarke scoring from range. The 15s added goals through Joel Whordon, Haci Ozlu and Harry Bower before half time.
James Gregory-Cork scored in the second half after a great individual run.
After the game, coach Jason Brindley said:
“Strange game today. We came out of the block really well, scoring some really well worked goals. In the second half were seeming to run through the motions. It was a good opportunity to see a couple of players play in new positions and try a couple of things out. Looking forward to competing in the Manchester Easter Cup this weekend.”