During the half-time break of Friday’s 5-0 JD Welsh Premier League victory against Newtown, we celebrated our Academy players for the month of January on the pitch at half-time.
Each of the winners were presented with a trophy by our latest signing Billy Whitehouse, as well as spending the night in hospitality.
Under 7 – Lucas Lane
Coach Jason said:
“Lucas had a great month and his general development and improvement has been noticeable. He shows a great attitude in training, answers questions and is really starting to develop his football understanding, which is very good to see.
“He also played really well in a recent game, again showing understanding from recent training sessions.”
Under 8 – Harry Dillon
Coach Kieran said:
“Harry has started 2019 in terrific form, with several standout performances, particularly against Telford United and Blackburn Rovers.
“Harry is a very talented player with a great attitude and is constantly developing his overall game. We’ve been particularly impressed with how hard Harry’s been working on his body position when receiving the ball, and his finishing skills while under pressure. Well done Harry, keep up the great work.”
Under 9 – Luke Hodge
Coach Andy said:
“January player of the month, Luke Hodge, is always looking to play out from the back, with the TNS philosophy. He also put his body on the line with some brilliant determined defending in this month’s fixtures, especially the recent game with Connah’s Quay.”
Under 10 – Harry Milne
Coach Liam said:
“I’m happy to see the progression Harry is making in every session/game. His vision and understanding of the game are very good for his age and can only get better.
“Harry’s IDPs for the six weeks have been succeeded with flying colours and I look forward, as his coach, to sitting down with him again to challenge him further, to keep improving him as a TNS player.”
Under 11 – Owen Mackreth
Coach Ash said:
“Since joining at the start of the season, Owen has grown massively into the team, playing a huge part on the pitch as well as off it.
“Filled with energy, Owen provides the engine room of the team and doesn’t stop working. He also brings a very high level of quality.
“This quality is shown from his range of passing and dribbling in tight spaces, to his last-minute defending. Technically fantastic, Owen really protects and looks after the football, and even at this age, he brings a calmness and level of consistency each week which is fantastic to see as a coach.
“This past month, Owen has had many standout performances, with games against Stoke and Wolves, but more recently versus Port Vale, where he showed his understanding of recent topics and was incredible from start to finish. Well done Owen, keep up the great work!”
Under 12 – Jake Morris
“Jake Morris has been absolutely fantastic and continues to learn and improve. He’s been instrumental in the age group winning the Northern Futsal programme, with some stand out performances. He’s an ever-present at training and that shows, with his understanding of our principles.”
Under 13 – Jake Duppa
Coach Jason said:
“Jake has had a very good month and continues to improve and impress. He works tirelessly for his team and despite being the smallest player in the group, he is by far the strongest. He’s also so athletic and agile. He’s a very polite boy, with a great sense of humour and always giggling. Well done Jake.”
Under 14 – Gabe Peneyre and Jack Edwards
Coach Danny said:
“I would like to congratulate both of our goalkeepers, Gabriel & Jack, as they have won our player of the month award for January.
“Gabriel played a key part in our success of reaching the national finals in Futsal, with some heroic saves, along with urging the team through tough periods within the games.”
“Jack has been rewarded recently by having the opportunity to play up a year for our U15s and is constantly showing incredible bravery against bigger and more physical players and doing very, very well.”
Under 15 – Ash Brown
Coach Kieran said:
“Ashley has started 2019 in terrific form, with several standout performances, particularly against Connah’s Quay and Wrexham.
“Ashley is a very hardworking and selfless individual, who brings great energy and belief to our team. We have been really impressed with how hard Ashley’s been working on developing his hold up play and finishing while under pressure over the past few weeks. Well done Ashley, keep up the great work.”
Under 16 – Lewis Bloor
Coach Rob said:
“Lewis has been a consistent performer throughout the season, but this month he has been exceptional.
“His attitude in training has been excellent. He works so hard for himself and the team, always showing willingness to learn and better himself.
“He has also rounded off each great performance since Christmas with a goal in every game.”
Under 19 – Josh Bailly
Coach Steve said:
“Josh has played a major role within the Performance Phase for the entire season and was a major factor behind the team’s positive performances. Most recently, he started and finished a free-flowing move against Llandudno, from inside his own half all the way up to the opposition’s six-yard-line with a cool finish.
“Josh also helped the side to reach the FAW Youth Cup semi-final with an outstanding individual display to keep the league’s top goal scorer quiet.”
Speaking after the awards, Head of Academy, Jason Brindley commented:
“Huge congratulations to our first players of the month for 2019. All players have won their awards for different reasons, but the overall quality and improvement of each player deserves acknowledgment.
“2019 will be a huge year for our Academy, with exciting plans in place to take our club to another level. At the core of this will always be player development and a real player centered approach to learning and challenging our youngsters. It was great to see all our youngsters at our first team home game against Newtown and to receive their awards from new signing Billy Whitehouse. Well done to all our players.”