It was another busy weekend for The New Saints of Oswestry Town’s Academy, beginning on Saturday morning as we welcomed Conwy Borough’s U10s to Park Hall.
Our U11s competed in a mini-festival against two Flintshire Schoolboys select teams, as well as a Future Elevens side from Bolton.
Jason Brindley was extremely positive on how it went: “The round robin was evenly contested, with all four teams being extremely strong. Some of the football on display was fantastic, especially from our U11s.”
“The way they pass and move the ball on one-two touch is almost like a mini-first team; they really understand the philosophy and playing style of the first team which is amazing to see from players so young.”
Looking ahead, both age groups (U10s and U11s), as well as our U9s, are looking forward to travelling to the Aon Training Complex this Friday evening (October 13) to face Manchester United.
Our Community Foundation U13s side headed to Leeds to face UFCA in the JPL and got back on track with a fantastic performance.
On Sunday morning our U9s were on the road to Rhayader, continuing their recent good form in difficult conditions. It was a different type of challenge for the players and they responded really well. Our U9s are another hard-working group who play really good football.
Our U13s, U14s and U15s competed against National League side, Chester. Fixtures against Chester are always evenly contested and this occasion was no different, all games being extremely competitive and close.
Our U16s had a different experience altogether. They travelled to Widnes Stadium to play a Ladies U18 team from an English Premier League side.
Jason Brindley continues: “It was interesting to see the way the players coped mentally. Would they still challenge as aggressively? How would they deal with one-v-one situations, both in and out of possession?”
“The opposition were technically very good, with three or four international players in the squad. I was pleased with the way the boys conducted themselves and maintained our professional standards. We aim to challenge all of our players, this one was targeting the psych corner more. How do they react when out of their comfort zone?”
“I was pleased with the performance of the players individually and collectively as a team.”
Commenting on the week ahead, he concluded: “We look forward to another busy week with our second Testing session to build on previous scores and also some exciting fixtures.”
If you would like to know more about our Academy, contact Jason at firstname.lastname@example.org