This afternoon, The New Saints FC’s North Shropshire College side travelled to the Black Country to take on the West Bromwich Albion scholars, who compete in association with Sandwell College.
Taking a convincing 5-0 lead into the break, Simon Smith’s team talk at half-time was a happy one, as he praised his side for both the goals and the positive performance.
Although there were three more goals during the second period – with one going the way of Sandwell College – it was the visitors who were the happiest come the final whistle. The 7-1 victory ensured three comfortable points in the colleges’ league and a happy mini-bus journey back to Park Hall for driver, John Lumley, Simon and the players.
The New Saints’ squad was as follows: Rob Johnson, Oliver Mitchell Gough, Josh Grant, Ryan Dacey, James Blackman, Alex Cadman, Regan Jones, Ryan Smith, Malachai Balogun, CJ Nwaki, Jeanny Leblanc-Akpo, Charlie Rhead and Alex Szabo.
Well done to Regan Jones on his hat-trick, with Ryan Smith grabbing himself a brace. Jeanny Leblanc-Akpo and Alex Cadman found the net once each, with the latter earning himself a well-deserved Man Of The Match award.
Following the game, we chatted with Simon Smith and you can watch that interview below. It also includes a mention of upcoming trials for the scholarship programme.
There is also an album of images on our Facebook page from the game.