It was a busy week for The New Saints FC Academy, with a number age groups in action during half-term, writes Jason Brindley.
On Tuesday, we travelled to Stockport to PFA, with a number of different groups. In some age groups we played against the hosts, in others a round robin including Halifax Town.
The games were of good standard. We thank PFA for hosting us and look forward to playing them again in the near future.
On Thursday, our U16s travelled to Crewe Alexandra. This game was part of the Wolves midweek cup that we are competing in.
The tournament includes teams like Crewe, West Brom, Leicester City, Stoke and the hosts, to name a few. It’s a really good opportunity for our young Saints to be considered for this tournament.
On Friday, we travelled to Swansea City with our U13s, U14s and U15s.
Despite being a long day, it was very beneficial. It was a good opportunity to continue to develop the social corner, with players and staff alike.
As you can imagine, Swansea were excellent in all age groups and caused us lots of problems. It was a really good day and the boys conducted themselves brilliantly, on and off the field.
We thank Swansea for hosting us and look forward to playing them with different groups in the future.
On Saturday, we hosted Prestatyn Town FC at Park Hall Stadium, with our U8-11s. It was a beautiful autumn morning at The Venue. All four games were competitive and we thank Prestatyn for travelling.
On Sunday morning, we travelled to Cefn Druids with our U13s and U15s. Both games were of very good standard and we thank Druids for hosting.
Our U16s hosted Cambrian, from South Wales. Cambrian always have good age groups and they are usually towards the top end of their respective Academy Cup in the South version. The game was of excellent standard and highlights the quality that we have in Wales.
To finish a long and positive week, our U14s hosted Crewe FC U15s. We wanted to challenge our 14s by playing against a team older, bigger and stronger. The game was extremely beneficial and we thank Crewe for travelling.
As we conclude, it was a really good week of football, with some outstanding fixtures, challenges and learning opportunities for our players. It’s great that we can give our players the opportunity to play against top level opposition.