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Young guns news -
Friday 28th January 2005.
Thomas Carter (MK Dons - midfielder) - Was a constant
thorn in the Bluebirds side on Saturday, as the U18's clashed in the league.
The Welsh qualified youngster created havoc with his crossing ability but he
couldn't quite inspire his side to all three points as the game finished in a
Matthew Collins (Fulham - midfielder) + Alex Lawless (Fulham -
defender) - Played the full 90 minutes for the reserves on Wednesday
night against Crystal Palace. Both have been involved with the reserves on
several occasions this season, without always being permanent starters. With
Fulham and Chris Coleman keen to give youth a go with resources a bit thin on
the ground, it could well be a good time to be in and around Craven Cottage.
Kyle Critchell (Southampton - defender) - Got 90 minutes
under his belt for the reserves as they lost by 2-1 to Watford. It was another
step in the right direction for the Wales U17 international who will look to
make the step to U19 level this season.
Craig Davies (Oxford - striker) - Once again hit the back
of the net as a rejuvanated beat Kidderminster 3-1 at the weekend. The former
Wales U17 international scored in the first half with a cool finish and will
once again put his name forward for a place in Brian Flynns U21 squad.
Richard Duffy (Portsmouth - defender) - Has literally been
sent to Coventry by his club as they seek to give him more match experience at
Championship level. The highly promising defender will spend the next three
months under the guidance of Micky Adams as he tries to prove that he has what
it takes to play at the highest level. "We're delighted to have signed Richard. He's got experience with a
Premier League outfit which will be invaluable to us." Micky Adams, Coventry
Lewis Guy (Newcastle - striker) - Scored his sides only
goal as they drew the North East derby with Sunderland this week. The former
Wales school striker is another Welsh qualified player who could make the
decision to change allegiance should things not happen for him with the Three
Carl Harris (Shrewsbury - defender) - Was given the news
last Friday that he wouldn't be staying on at Gay Meadow. It is always a tough
time for the scholars who after three years at the club, will now look away from
the club for a contract. Although Carl could take heart from former Shrews
trainee Chris Venables (Caersws - midfielder) who has been an
influential figure in the League of Wales this season after being shown the door
by the border town club.
Anthony Pulis (Stoke - defender) - Was an unused
substitute on Saturday as Torquay drew 2-2 with Bradford. The son of Stoke
manager Tony Pulis has been loaned out to gain match experience and will look to
break into the starting XI before his loan period is over. He will be delighted
to have been given the news this week, that after no youth team call ups for
Wales, he will now join up with the U21's for the game against Germany next
Mitchell Booth (Derby - midfielder) + Lewin Nyatanga (Derby -
defender) + Dan Martin (Derby - defender) - All started for the
reserves on Tuesday night, as a very inexperienced Rams team took on
Portsmouth. It was to be a good night for them as well, as the young Rams ran
out 1-0 winners on the night.
Young guns news -
Friday 21st January 2005.
Gareth Bale (Southampton - defender) - Was praised for his
magnificent performance against West Ham for the Southampton U16's on Saturday.
The former Wales U16 squad member was playing only his third game at centre half
in a game in which coach Andy Ritchie described him as being a colossus at the
back. The Saints ran out 3-2 winners on the day.
David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) - Scored from the
spot at the second attempt, but his goal was not enough to save City from
crashing out of the FA Youth Cup. The Cardiff born striker also had a goal
disallowed as the City Youth team lost 3-1 against Leyton Orient. The Bristol
starting XI contained Griff Jones (defender) and goalkeeper
Andrew Crofts (Gillingham - midfielder) - Scored the
winner against Plymouth to top off a week which saw him sign a new four and a
half year contract at Priestfield. He will now wait to see if he can make it a
hat trick when Brian Flynn and John Toshack name the U21 and senior squads on
the 26th of this month. Crofts was joined in the squad by Jason Brown
(goalkeeper) who is beginning his return from injury.
Arron Davies (Yeovil - striker) - Scored as he continued
his Yeovil career with some more goals as a Yeovil XI drew 2-2 with Weymouth.
The former Southampton striker will now set his sights on winning a permanent
spot in the starting line up which is not an easy thing to do with the team
doing so well in the league.
Craig Davies (Oxford - striker) - Scored again to mark
what is turning into a superb few weeks for the former Wales U19 striker. The
youngster went on a forty yard run before cutting in from the left and firing
the ball home. Much like Andrew Crofts, he is in a great position to break into
the U21 squad when it is announced at the end of the month.
Rob Davies (WBA - midfielder) - Got a 15 minutes run out
for the WBA reserves against Newcastle this week. The former Wales U17 captain
has been an unused sub on a few occasions this season but will be keen to show
new manager Bryan Robson that there are a few midfielders of promise coming
through the ranks at The Hawthorns.
Sean Evans (Man Utd - left winger) - Bagged a brace as Man
Utd's U18 team thumped Crewe 5-0 on Saturday morning. The Ludlow born former
Shrewsbury youth teamer got his sides first and fourth goal as his side
outclassed the Railwaymen. He is another player that has been watched very
closely by Brian Flynn and could well future in the next few youth squads.
Luke Graham (Northampton - defender) - Returned this week
from successful month loan spell at Aylesbury Utd. The Wales U19
international has been a permanent member of the reserve side this season and
will now look to convince Cobblers manager Colin Calderwood that he has what it
takes to be a first team squad member.
David Jones (Man Utd - midfielder) - Might find himself
out on loan in the near future after manager Alex Ferguson admitted that he is
looking to farm out the Welsh qualified youngster to get some game time. The
Southport born midfielder got a taste of first team action during the FA Cup
encounter with Exeter, and will now relish the chance to go out to a league club
ashe builds his career.
Liam Maloney (Preston - midfielder) - Got an assist to his
name but it was not to be enough as his side crashed out of the FA Youth cup to
a multi national Arsenal team. The Wales U17 international set up his sides
opening goal as the Lilleywhites took a shock lead. It would not be enough
though as the junior Gunners moved into the fifth round of the Cup.
Liam Norval (Leicester - defender) - Came face to face
with Wales U17 and U19 international Matthew Collins (Fulham -
midfielder) on Monday night as Leicester reserves took on the
Cottagers. Both started the game with former Wales U19 international
Alex Lawless on the bench. It was to be a
ding dong battle with honours even as the game finished 2-2.
Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) - Just a quick apology
to the family, for spelling his name incorrectly....sorry. On another note,
the Nottingham Forest message board has news that he is being tracked by the
Gareth Owen (Stoke - defender) - Took another step on the
road to recovery with an assertive 49 minutes against Sheffield Wednesday
reserves on Monday night. The former Wales U20 international will now set his
sights on regaining a spot in the first team squad, after managing some
impressive performances before he suffered from another injury setback.
Owen Price (Spurs - striker) - Got 45 minutes under his
belt as he returned from injury for the reserves against Crystal Palace on
Tuesday night. The Welsh qualified striker was a half time substitute for Welsh
international Simon Davies who was making his own comeback from a long term
Scott Thyer (Spurs - striker) - Kept his cool to score
from the penalty spot as the Spurs youth team dumped Liverpool out of the Cup.
The striker was introduced as a 58th minute substitute and made an instant
impression with some forceful runs that upset the Liverpool defence. But it was
during the penalties that the Wales U19 international kept his nerve as his side
went through on penalties.
Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Claimed a spot on the
Yeovil senior team bench on Saturday as they lost 2-1 to Oxford. The Neath born
striker may now get the opportunities he craves after the departure of Gavin
Williams to West Ham. He will be in good company at Yeovil, with Arron
Davies (striker) also making a good first impression with manager Gary
Johnson. Both players will welcome the appointment of Brian Flynn as youth
supremo, as word has it that he is knocking up a large mileage as he travels
around the country watching Welsh qualified players. He was not to be as happy
during the tail end of the week as a red card during the 6-0 thrashing by
Everton in the FA youth cup hung a cloud over his first team opportunity.
Young guns news -
Saturday 15th January 2005.
Mitchell Booth (Derby - midfielder) + Dan Martin (Derby - defender)
+ Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) - Will face another round of the
FA Youth Cup after the Derby youth team beat Sheffield Utd 3-2 on Tuesday
night. The three Welsh youth players who have all been heavily involved with
the youth team this season, will now look to progress further in the
Ramon Calliste (Man Utd - striker) - Scored his sides
first goal as a young Utd reserve side beat Shrewsbury 3-0 this week. The Wales
U21 international caused former Wales U19 squad member Ross Stephens
(midfielder) all kinds of problems with his pace, as the Red Devils
cruised to an easy victory.
David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) - Speaks of his
hopes of making it into the starting XI over on the Bristol City official
web site www.bcfc.co.uk The rapid progress
made by Cotterill of late, has allowed manager Brian Tinnion to allow fellow
striker Steve Gillespie and Lee Miller to go out on loan. The Cardiff born
striker has been on the bench over the past few games and will now look to make
a real mark at Ashton Gate and on youth team supremo Brian Flynn.
"It's still going to be a huge task getting past Leroy Lita, Steve Brooker
and Paul Heffernan because all of them are playing well. I've loved the short
time I have spent on the field for the first team and can't wait for another
opportunity" - David Cotterill
Andrew Crofts (Gillingham - midfielder/striker) - Must be
quietly confident of playing some part in Wales' U21 campaign this year after
cementing his place in the Gillingham midfield over the past couple of months.
The former Wales U19 has been in fine form this season, and will now await the
announcement of the U21 squad for the game against Germany with a great deal of
Craig Davies (Oxford - striker) - Has been in outstanding
form for the U's after managing to break into the first team a few weeks ago.
The former Wales U17 and U19 striker hit the net over the Christmas period and
has been in great form for Ramon Diaz' side try to pull away from the Division
Two trap door. He is another candidate for Brian Flynn's U21 side for the game
against Germany in February.
David Edwards (Shrewsbury - midfielder) - Is another of
Wales' young guns who has hit some form of late after a terrible start to the
season. The former Wales U19 international was watched by Aston Villa last
season, but has been in and out of the first team this season after a dip in
confidence. Along with Jamie Tolley, Edwards has seen fortunes change for the
Shrews as they try and climb away from the relegation zone.
Rob Edwards (Wolves - defender) - Got another 90 minutes
under his belt this week as Wolves played Crewe in a training match. The Wales
international will be keen to get back to full fitness so he can prove to new
manager Glenn Hoddle that he has what it takes to make his side tighter at the
Lewis Haldane (Bristol Rovers - striker) - Struck to give
the Rovers reserve side an early lead against Cheltenham on Tuesday night as he
lobbed the goalie in the 20th minute. It was not to be enough though as the
Robins came back to win 2-1, although it can't have done Haldane's chances of a
first XI break through any harm.
David Jones (Man Utd - midfielder) - Played the full 90
minutes against Exeter on Saturday and was one of the only Red Devils to come
away with any plaudits from the game. It remains to be seen whether he will
make it for the replay, with Fergie desperate not to be embarrassed for the
second time running. It also remains to be seen whether Brian Flynn and ex Utd
Academy director David Williams can convince Jones that his international future
lies with Wales rather than England. The Southport born midfielder who has
Welsh parents is still keeping his options open, but would be a feather in
Toshacks cap if he could convince him to play for the Dragon rather than the
Rhys Powell (Bolton - defender) - Started as Boltons
reserve side took on Rochdale in the Lancashire Senior Cup on Wednesday night.
The Cardiff born defender played the full 90 minutes as his side lost to a first
half strike by Kevin Townson. He is another player who will look forward to
pressing his claims for a regular reserve team starting spot in 2005
Anthony Pulis (Stoke - defender) - Has moved to join his
father at Stoke after opting to leave Fratton Park to further his career. He is
now out on loan at Torquay as he tries to gain some game experience and force
his way into the U21 side. The former Wales U16 squad member was an unused sub
in Torquay's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield at the weekend.