Academy Round Up 2/3 April 2016

Under 16s  (Tuesday 29th March)

TNS 3 Newtown 0

Newtown 16’s were the visitors to Park Hall and TNS knew they required a victory.
TNS started at a very good tempo and looked to get at the Newtown defence straight away.
Harry Parkinson linking up well with Jamie Monk down the right and the cross was put just over by Ade.  Newtown looked to play football but TNS did not allow them any time on the ball, pressing them all over the pitch. This frustrated Newton and they changed tactics and started to go long. This suited TNS and they started to build momentum from the back.

Once again Harry and Jamie linked up down the right and the ball was pulled back to Dennis who found Jack out on the left and his first time effort beat the keeper but went the wrong side of the post.  TNS had total control of the game and took the lead through Harry Parkinson. Lewis Kaye played the ball into the path of Harry and he calmly placed the ball beneath the advancing keeper.

Half time 1-0 TNS

The lads come out 2nd half quickly and went close through a Jamie Samuels long range effort.
It was soon 2-0 to TNS through a Jack Jones effort. The ball was won back by Jamie Monk and his 1st time pass found Lewis Kaye in space, he switched the ball out wide to Tom Clarke, who beat his man and found Jack unmarked to smash the ball into the back of the net.
The goal lifted TNS again and the lads kept the ball for long periods of time, creating several chances for Louie Platt, Ade, Jack, Harry Dennis, Lewis and Jamie, the Newtown keeper making some very good saves.  TNS scored a 3rd goal through Ade after some excellent work by Jamie Monk. The full back collected the ball in his own half and played a 1-2 with Harry before driving in to the area and his pass was met by Ade to slot home in the bottom corner.

Steve commented “A very professional performance by the lads tonight. The lads worked really hard tonight and played some fantastic football. We started off really well and set our stall out from the 1st whistle. We didn’t allow Newtown any time on the ball and we looked dangerous going forward. We created a lot of chances and credit must go to Newtown’s keeper and defence, for keeping the score down. The lads had a good weekend winning the Manchester Challenge Cup and I thought it may affect the lad’s performance, but I think it was the opposite.  A fully deserved win and they played some excellent football at times.”

Squad: Ben, Jamie, Zak,Dan, Curtis, Dennis, Lewis, Jack, Harry, Jamie, Ade, Louie, Tom

Scorers : Harry, Jack, Ade

Under 16s (Sunday 3rd April)

TNS 4 Bangor 1

Bangor were the visitors to Park Hall today and TNS knew they had to win their final game to have a chance of reaching top 4.  The game started as expected with both teams moving the ball and closing each other down quickly. TNS had the 1st effort after 5 minutes with the Bangor keeper pulling off a fantastic save from a long range effort from Ade.  The next 10 minutes saw TNS pile the pressure on the Bangor goal, with the keeper on fine form and the defence standing strong.  As the half went on TNS took control and had several chances from Jamie Samuels, Rob Reynolds, Jack Jones and Ade Facina.

The pressure soon paid off with Jack scoring from the edge of the box. The move started from a goal kick and Ben found Jamie Monk down the right.  The full back played a 1-2 with Dennis Bates and Jamie then played in Rob Reynolds, whose cross was cleared. Jamie Samuels picked the ball up and his inch perfect pass found Jack and he beat his man and smashed the ball into the roof of the net. Bangor continued to play football, TNS didn’t give them any time or space on the ball and this frustrated Bangor.  They changed tactics, put 3 up top and started to go long. The TNS back 4 stayed strong and prevented Bangor getting any shots off.

Half time 1-0

Bangor come out of the traps 2nd half and put TNS under pressure. Once again the defence and 2 screeners worked really hard closing Bangor down, limiting them to long range efforts, that didn’t trouble Ben in the TNS goal.  Bangor had a succession of corners, Jamie Monk clearing the ball off the line. This seemed to spur TNS on and they stepped up a gear, moving the ball around with purpose and attacking with pace. Bangor players were chasing the game and this enabled TNS to find the gaps and play through the lines. The pressure soon paid off with Ade scoring the 2nd goal. Once again Jamie Samuels winning the ball back and played in Ade. The Bangor players backed off from Ade and he kept running at them and he beat 4 or 5 players before slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

TNS were now passing the ball around with ease, Dennis and Lewis in midfield spreading their passes all over the pitch. TNS soon found themselves 3-0 up. Dennis played the ball out wide to Harry who played the ball into the path of Tom Clarke. His 1st time cross was met by Rob Reynolds and his bullet header found the back of the net. Straight from kick off the lads won the ball back and went straight on the attack only for Louie to be fouled 20 yards out. The resulting free kick went just over the bar from Lewis Kaye. TNS continued to dominate the game and went further ahead through Harry. The move started from a TNS goal kick. Ben played it to Curtis and his pass found Dennis in space and his pass was flicked on by Harry into the path of Jamie Monk. The full back played a 1-2 with Harry and beat 2 players before sliding the ball into the path of Harry to pass the ball into the path of Louie to pass the ball into the net with the keeper beaten. Bangor scored a consolation goal towards the end of the game.

Steve commented “I thought the lads were superb today a real credit to the club. They looked to play football from the 1st whistle to the last whistle. We knew Bangor are a good side who like to play football and press the ball all over the pitch, so we knew we had to be at our best. We continued were we left off from the Manchester Cup and the game against Newton Tuesday night. We created a lot of chances and all credit to the Bangor defence and goal keeper they kept the score line down. We had to defend at the start of the 2nd half as Bangor put us under a lot of pressure but I thought we defended superb all over the pitch. I’ve been encouraging the full backs to attack more and they both assisted in a goal each.  The Bangor manager said we were the only team to give them a hiding and football lesson this season, so all credit to the lads. The lads have worked really hard throughout the season and I am proud of every single player in the squad.”

Squad: Ben, Jamie, tom, Zak, Curtis, Dennis, Lewis, Jack, Rob, Jamie, Ade, Lewis, Harry

Scorers: Jack, Ade, Rob, Louie