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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones

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Young guns news - Friday 30 Apr 10

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Scored the decisive goal as the second string beat Supermarine 2-1 in the Wiltshere Premier Cup Final this week.  Bodin struck the second after dusting himself down to score from the spot. 

Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) Started for the reserves against Rotherham on Tuesday night.  The Wales U19 international played 90 minutes in the 2-0 win. 

Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) Was once again in the starting XI as the reserves beat Colchester 5-2 this week.  The Colchester side contained Tom Bender (Colchester - defender) who was in the back four.

Richard Peniket (Fulham -striker) Scored a consolation goal for the Cottagers after coming on as an 88th minute sub against West Ham reserves on Tuesday night.  Peniket scored deep into injury time with an expert finish past the Hammers keeper as the game finished 3-2.      

Gary Preen (Southampton - midfielder) Has been on trial at Bournemouth after being told that he has no future at Southampton.  The Wales U19 international started for the reserves against Bristol City on Tuesday afternoon.

David Stephens (Norwich/Lincoln - defender) Made his debut for the Red Imps last Saturday as Lincoln beat Bury 1-0 at Sincil Bank.  Stephens played 90 minutes as Lincoln guaranteed their League status with the 3pts.


Young guns news - Friday 23 Apr 10

Richard Blythe (Aston Villa - midfielder) + Tomos Roberts (Aston Villa - midfielder) Will advance to the final of the FA Youth Cup as Villa over came Newcastle 2-1 on aggregate.  There was no start for Wales U19 call up Jason Lampkin (Aston Villa - midfielder) as he was injured and misses the chance to play against Northern Ireland.  The Newcastle side contained Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender).

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker)
Claimed a hat trick as the youth team were crowned Puma Youth Alliance South-West league champions with a 4-3 win against Swansea City last Saturday.  It's been a good few weeks for Bodin Jnr of late with an offer of a professional contract and a call up to the Wales U19 squad.

Elliott Chamberlain (Leciester - striker) Continued his red hot season with another brace as the youth team continued the unbeaten run with a 3-2 win against FA Youth Cup finalists Chelsea.  The first was a well taken slotted finish into the bottom left hand corner and his second was a strike from six yards. 

Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) Tasted success as the reserves beat Liverpool in a mini derby in midweek.  The Wales U21 international started in the 1-0 win. 

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - striker) Scored another late equaliser as the Canaries left it late against Reading in the U18 encounter last weekend.  Dawkin scored with a header as they completed a come back from a 3-1 defecit.   

Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) Smashed in his sides second goal from close range as the Magpies thrashed Huddersfield 5-1 on Tuesday night.  

Sam Hart (Preston - defender) And his fellow youth team mates were crowned Puma Youth Alliance North West Conference  champions with a 1-0 win against Shrewsbury last Saturday.  Hart has been a regular for the youth team and reserves this season.

Vinny Mukendi (Macclesfield - striker) Scored his first senior goal last Saturday as Mecclesfield beat Chesterfield 2-0.  Mukendi struck his sides second from close range to open his account in first team colours.

Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) Kept up his regular reserve team spot with another appearance for the reserves against Southend this week.  The game finished 5-2 to the Hornets. 

Stephen Powell (Huddersfield - defender) Is yet to learn his fate after the Terries decided on the futures of the scholars this week.  Powell played for the reserves in the 5-1 thrashing by Newcastle this week, but manager Lee Clark and the coaching staff have yet to decide on his future at the club. 

Eliott Richards (Bristol Rovers - striker) Made his home debut off the bench last weekend as Rovers drew 0-0 with Brentford.  The striker was this week called into the Wales U19 squad for the international against Northern Ireland in May. 

Josh Roberts (Blackpool - defender) Came out victorious against fellow Welshman Conor Roberts (Tranmere - defender) in the reserve team encounter this weeh.  The Tangerines second string ran out 4-2 winners.


Young guns news - Friday 16 Apr 10

Tom Bender (Colchester - defender) Was an unused sub for the first team last Saturday against Charlton and also played 90 minutes for the reserves as they drew 0-0 with Wycombe in midweek. 

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester - striker) Scored the equaliser as the Foxes rescued a point against Coventry U18s this week. The Wales U19 international lashed home an angle drive in the 86th minute to maintain the unbeaten league record. 

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) Completed a come back with a late goal for the U18's against Charlton this week.  Dawkin prodded home the third in a 3-2 after bouncing back from a 2-0 deficit. 

Kai Edwards (Wrexham - defender) Has vowed to break into the first team next season after getting a taste of senior action this year.  The Wales U19 international who is comfortable with the ball at his feet was a second half sub against Cambridge United last month and now wants more. "It's good that Dean Saunders thinks enough of me to have named me in the squad regularly, but Iím hoping to make the next step up and become a regular. I know that wonít be easy as thereís a lot of good players here." Kai Edwards.

Keiron Freeman (Nottingham Forest - defender) Captained the U18's to a 4-1 win over Sunderland on Tuesday afternoon.  Forest sit first in the Group D table, one point ahead of Sunderland with a game in hand. 

Jack Mackreth (Tranmere - striker) Scored the only goal of the game as the youth team drew 1-1 with Blackpool last Friday.  Mackreth has been out on a loan spell with Cammell Laird and will now look to make an impression on his return to Prenton Park.

Jonathan Meades (Cardiff City - defender) Will sign his first professional contract in July after impressing the academy staff this season. 

Aynsley McDonald (Rushden and Diamonds - defender/midfielder) Scored with a header as the youth team smashed Spalding Utd Youth 7-0 last weekend.  McDonald celebrated his call up to the Wales U19 squad by scoring his sides fourth. 

Vinny Mukendi (Macclesfield - striker) Has signed a two year contract at Moss Rose after breaking into the first team squad. He will now look to finish this season strongly and get an impressive pre season under his belt.  Mukendi has started the last four games for the Silkmen and was very impressive against Burton Albion on Tuesday night.   

Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) Picked up another reserve team game on Monday night as the Hornets conceded three goals but scored nine in a romp against Stevenage.  The subs bench contained Jonathan Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) and Kurtney Brooks (Watford - midfielder) who were unused subs.  Unfortunately for Kurtney Brooks, he will not be retained at Vicarage Road after being informed that he will not receive a professional contract. 

Gareth Partridge (Shrewsbury - striker) Has been told that he will not be offered a professional contract with the Shrews.

Paul Walker (Northampton - goalkeeper) Has been offered a professional contract after impressive performances for the youth team this season.  Walker has also been involved with the first team and will have the added excitement of a title run in to enjoy with the youth team. 

Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace - midfielder) Has secured a three year contract at Palace after impressing for the youth team this season.


Young guns news - Friday 9 Apr 10

Richard Blythe (Aston Villa - midfielder) + Jason Lampkin (Aston Villa - defender) + Tomos Robers (Aston Villa - midfielder) Came up against Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) in the semi final of the FA Youth Cup on Thursday night at Villa Park.  And it was Roberts who unpicked the Magpies defence with an assist as Villa went 1-0 up.  The game eventually finished 1-1 as Newcastle go into the second leg with an away goal advantage. 

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Was back with the reserves this week after a spell on the bench with the first team.  The second string unfortunately drew a blank as they lost 1-0 to Plymouth. 

Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) Started for the reserves on Tuesday night as they took on Sunderland.  Unfortunately the ended up losing 2-0.

Ryan Doble (Southampton - midfielder)  Has successfully come through a hip operation which has hampered his season.  It is thought that the Wales U19 international will return to training soon.

Sam Hart (Preston - defender) Played in the back four as Preston reserves crushed local rivals Blackpool 7-0 on Wednesday evening.  Hart played the full 90 minutes. 

Josh Knight (WBA - midfielder) Has been released by WBA and will now look for new clubs ahead of the new season.  It is thought that he has been in contact with a few clubs, but is as of yet still undecided.

Jack Mackreth (Tranmere - midfielder) Signed off from his loan spell at Cammell Laird with a goal against Leek Town.  The former Wales youth international has been out on loan gaining first team experience.

Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - midfielder) Picked up several assists as he works his way back to full match fitness after an injury hit season.  The speedster started as the second string beat Salisbury 6-0.

Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) Played another 90 minutes for the reserves this week but they came up short with a 2-0 loss to Stevenage. 

Joe Partington (Bournemouth - defender/midfielder) Made a rare first team appearance off the bench last Saturday against Rochdale.  The Wales U21 midfielder came off the bench after 57 minutes in the 0-0 draw.

Elliot Scotcher (Ipswich - midfielder) Has signed a two year scholarship with Ipswich after being released by Cardiff City.  The Wales U16 international central midfielder from Tenby will now look to progress in the academy at Portman Road.


Young guns news - Friday 2 Apr 10


Darcy Blake (Cardiff - defender) Picked up where he left off from the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at the weekend as the Bluebirds picked up three points against Crystal Palace last Saturday.  The Wales U21 international was at centre back alongside Gabor Gyepes and put in another impressive performance.

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Has been offered a professional contract after impressing for the reserves and youth team this season.  After a few appearances on the bench of late, he will now look over his one year offer. 

Tom Bradley (Bristol City - goalkeeper) Got a game between the sticks for the reserves this week, but unfortunately it wasn't the clean sheet he hoped for as they were beaten 4-1 by Swindon. 

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) Has been offered a one year professional contract at Carrow Road this week after some impressive youth and reserve team performances which have catapulted the Wales U19 international to the fringes of the first team. 

Wayne Farmer (Shrewsbury - defender) Struck his sides only goal as the youth team drew 1-1 with Bury last Saturday. 

Sam Hart (Preston - defender) Started for the reserves as they took on Oldham on Monday evening.  Hart played 90 minutes in the 2-1 win. 

Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) Kept a clean sheet as the Hornets stung Northampton 5-0 in a reserve team encounter on Monday night.  North was joined in the squad by Kurtney Brooks (Watford - midfielder) who was a second half sub. 

Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) Coolly slotted from the penalty spot as the young Royals beat Arsenal last Saturday.  The in form Taylor kept his nerve to slot his sides first in a 4-2 win.


 

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