Young guns news -
Friday 26 Mar 10
Darcy Blake (Cardiff - defender/midfielder)
Found himself dropped on Wednesday night against Sheffield United at
the City of Cardiff Stadium, but before you wonder that I have gone mad, it
wasn't from the starting XI but from midfield to the centre defence. It's
somewhere that the U21 is comfortable with having played there under Brian
Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Has been an unused sub for
the seniors during the last two League One fixtures against Southampton and
Norwich. Bodin has been in impressive form for the second string and manager
Danny Wilson is not afraid of giving youth team players a chance.
Jonathan Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) Pulled off several
top drawer saves and kept the Canaries at bay as the Hornets stung Norwich in
the academy game last weekend. Bond made several saves from Josh Dawkin
(Norwich - midfielder) in the 2-1 win.
Jake McEneaney (Burnley - defender) + Liam Newman (Burnley -
striker) Recieved the dreaded news that all scholars fear last week
when they were told that they would not be rewarded a pro contract at Turf
Moor. The second year scholars will now try to find new clubs starting with the
exit trials at Warwick University at the end of the month.
Vinny Mukendi (Macclesfield - striker) Scored his sides
fourth goal as the Silkmen beat Tranmere in the Cheshire Premier Cup semi
final. The reserves went on to win 4-2.
Jonathon North (Watford - goalkeeper) Is back at Boreham
Wood after a loan spell at Oxford City. North kept a clean sheet and made
several saves against a Norwich reserve side that had Josh Dawkin
(Norwich - midfielder) in the starting XI.
Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City - defender) Benefited from
Gary Johnson leaving the club with two starts in the space of four days.
Ribeiro played 90 minutes as a centre back in a back three as the Robins
drew 2-2 with Newcastle and then started again against Barnsley in a 5-3 win on
Tuesday night. He has also been linked today with a move to Everton.
Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) Made another appearance
for the second string this week against Salisbury. The Wales U21 international
struck the fourth in a 4-3 win.
Sanchez Watt (Arsenal - striker) Even though the ship has
probably sailed on this one, I thought I would still write about it anyway. The
Arsenal starlet has signed for Leeds on loan until the end of the season.
Young guns news -
Sunday 21 Mar 10
Tom Bradley (Bristol City - goalkeeper)
Was between the sticks as the reserves drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers in
Sam Jones (Leeds - midfielder) Started for the
reserves as they took on Lincoln on Thursday night. Jones played 58 minutes in
the 5-0 win.
Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - striker) Has
recovered from injury and played 90 minutes for the second string as they beat
Swindon comfortably this week. It's been a stop start season for the speedster
after recovering from an achilles injury which brought the last campaign to a
James Owen (Barrow - midfielder) Has
joined struggling Barrow after the demise of Chester City. Owen will now go
straight into a relegation battle as the Bluebirds look to stay in the Blue
David Stephens (Norwich - defender)
Will get game time after being loaned to Lincoln until the end of the season.
Stephens has been on the fringes of the first team at Carrow Road this season
but with team playing so well it has been tough to get a
Shane Williams (Birmingham - midfielder) Got the
dreaded news that all kyoung scholars fear when he was told that he will not
recieve a pro contract at St Andrews.
Young guns news -
Sunday 14 Mar 10
Billy Bodin (Swindon -
striker) Struck either side of half time as the reserves beat Swansea 3-0
this week. The U21 internationals clinical finishing was the difference between
the two sides. "Technically Billy is very gifted. Of course there is a lot
of raw edges that need to be polished off, but he's a talented kid." Dave Byrne,
Swindon reserve team manager.
Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) Celebrated a call up to the Wales U17 squad
with a double defeat for his club. Bond started for the U18's in a loss against
Villa before getting a starting spot for the reserves in a 2-0 loss to Wycombe.
The positive thing is that Bond is getting regular game time for the reserves
Richard Blythe (Aston Villa
- midfielder) Had reasons for a double celebration last week with a goal
for the U18's during the 3-0 win against Watford last Saturday before playing in
the FA Cup Youth victory after pens v Fulham on Tuesday evening. He was
joined on both occasions by Wales U19 international Tomos Roberts (Aston Villa - defeder).
Kayleden Brown (WBA -
midfielder) Has gone out on loan to conference side Barrow as the Baggies
look to give the youngster some match experience. West Brom hold the right to
recall the U19 international at any time.
Reece Jones (Fulham - midfielder) + Richard Peniket
(Fulham - striker) Suffered FA Youth Cup Final heartache as the Cottagers
lost on penalties to Villa this week. The Wales youth internationals missed out
on a semi final spot.
(Burnley - defender) Picked up an assist as the Clarets youth team ran
riot against Wrexham last weekend. The Wales youth international picked out a
sweet pass for his team mate to score the fourth goal in a 5-1 win.
Ashley Richards (Swansea - defender) Played
another 90 minutes as Swansea captured another important three points in the
race for the Premiership in 1-0 midweek win against Watford. Richards has been
a part of a very consistent Swans rearguard and will no doubt fancy a starting
spot when the U21's next meet up.
Young guns news -
Sunday 7 Mar 10
Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Played 90 minutes as the
reserves cruised to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth this week. The Bournemouth
starting XI had Matt Vokes (Bournemouth -
midfielder) in the starting line up.
Kayleden Brown (WBA - striker) Played 90 minutes for the
reserves as they drew 0-0 with Walsall on Tuesday night. Brown could have got
on the score sheet if it wasn't for some good saves by Saddlers keeper Clayton
Ince. The Saddlers starting XI contained Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder)
who was found first team spots difficult to come by over the last month or so.
Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) Played 90 minutes for
the reserves as they drew 1-1 with Colchester on Tuesday night.
Wayne Farmer (Shrewsbury - defender) Kept his sides
unbeaten run going with a goal for the youth team in the 1-1 draw with Bury last
Sam Hart (Preston - defender) Captained the U18 team as
they beat Wigan 2-0 last weekend. Hart has been an ever presant for the youth
team and reserves this season without ever really threatning to break into the
first team squad.
Lloyd James (Southampton - defender/midfielder) Will have
to rest up for two weeks as he has a piece of bone floating in his ankle. The
club hope if they get the process right he could make it until the end of the
season without having to have an operation.
"If we get it right he could last until the end of the season and maybe we
can sort it out then. That's the plan as we would like Lloyd about as he has
been a big part of this team." Alan Pardew.
Stephen Powell (Huddersfield - defender/midfielder) Had
been on the pitch for seven minutes before he struck his sides third goal in a
3-1 against local rivals Leeds on Wednesday night. Powell drove into the corner
to guarantee the win.
Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) Scored the first as the
Royals thrashed Salisbury City 5-0 on Wednesday night. Taylor was part of a
second string made up totally of youth team players.
James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) Started for the
reserves on Wednesday night as the Robins beat Swansea City 3-0.