Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones
Young guns news -
Friday 30th September 2005.
David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) Has penned a
contract extension that will keep him at Ashton Gate until June 2008. The Wales
U21 international has been rewarded by the club for his performances on the
pitch with a new deal. The 17 year old was thrilled with the deal and will now
look to build on the form that new manager Gary Johnson has brought to the team
as he looks to take the into the Championship.
"We're looking after our prised assets. Dave certainly deserves the new
deal." Steve Lansdown, Bristol City Chairman
Matthew Collins (Fulham - midfielder) Will look to start
full training again in around three to four weeks as he looks to recover from
hamstring problems. The club are taking things slowly with his rehab after a
few previous breakdowns on the road to recovery.
Ryan Crockford (Reading - midfielder) Scored from the
penalty spot as the Reading U18 team ran riot against Coventry at the weekend,
scoring seven goals as the Sky Blues sank without a trace. The former Wales U17
training camp member scored his sides seventh from the spot and will now look to
kick on after a quiet start to the season for the talented play maker.
Adam Davies (Cambridge - defender) Kept his starting place
last weekend as Cambridge made up for the disastrous midweek display by beating
4-0. The Wales U19 and U21 defender has been mentioned by none other than John
Toshack this week as the national manager spoke of youngsters coming through the
Rob Davies (WBA - midfielder) Unleashed a cracker to win
the reserve team against Birmingham on Monday night. The Wales U19
international put in a tigerish display alongside Junichi Inamoto in a very
tight mini local derby. With an hour of the game gone, Davies unleashed a 25
yard curler which nestled in the bottom right hand corner of the net to secure
the points. The Welsh youngster who played for the senior team during
pre-season seems to be kicking on in style this season and will have one eye on
the U21 team if things continue to progress so well for him.
Lewis Haldane (Bristol Rovers - striker) Realises that he
has a second opportunity at the Memorial Stadium after the axing of manager Ian
Atkins last week. The Welsh qualified forward did not see eye to eye with the
boss and realises that ex Wales international Paul Trollope taking temporary
reins gives him another bite at the cherry. "This is a fresh start under a new manager, or under Paul, and we've all
got to a chance of being involved." Lewis Haldane
Mark Jones (Wrexham - midfielder) Hit the net to give his
side a glimmer of hope in the second half against Wycombe, but it was quickly
doused by the free scoring high fliers. There are rumours that Jones is being
watched by the Welsh posse at Ewood Park and with goals like the 25 yard
rasper at the Causeway to back his talent, he could well find himself leaving
sooner, rather than later.
Michael Jones (Wrexham - goalkeeper) Replaced first choice
goalkeeper Michael Ingham after 25 minutes of the game against Macclesfield at
the weekend. The youngster once again impressed manager Denis Smith and looks
likely to keep his place for the game against Wycombe with Ingham struggling to
make it back.
Scott McCoubrey (Cardiff - midfielder) Bagged a brace as
the Cardiff U18 team beat Spurs 3-1 on Saturday morning. The Wales U17 and U19
international scored his sixth goal in as many games as the young Bluebirds beat
the travelling Londoners who included Matt Wells(Spurs
- defender) in the starting XI.
Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - striker) Scored with a
diving header as the Southamtpon U16 team drew 4-4 in a pulsating game against
Crystal Palace at the weekend. The former Cardiff academy member has joined the
many Welsh qualified youngsters at St Marys and will now look to progress in a
similar vain to Gareth Bale, Lloyd James and Arron Davies before them. He was
joined in the starting XI by Ian Jones (Southampton -
Rhys Powell (Bolton - defender) Was once again to the fore
as the Bolton reserve team held Wolves to a 0-0 draw on Monday night. The Wales
youth international was part of a young Bolton starting XI and will again be
pleased to get another 90 minutes under his belt as he strives impress that
staff at the Reebok.
Rhyos Wiggins (Crystal Palace - defender) Has impressed
reserve team manager Kit Symons this year and has remained a mainstay of the
second string campaign this season. The defender played the full 90 minutes as
the Eagles ran out 2-1 winners, coming from behind to beat Portsmouth.
Young guns news -
Friday 23rd September 2005.
Grant Basey (Charlton - defender) Got another 90 minutes
under his belt as he returned from injury at the weekend. The former Wales U17
international played 90 minutes as the Charlton U18 team cruised to a 4-1 win
over Leicester City.
Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder) Bagged a goal and an
assist as Walsall reserves trounced Barnsley 6-2 in midweek. The Wales U19
international has hit the ground running this season and set up his sides
equaliser with a cross before collecting a goal himself with a close range
David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) Steered home a
pass to score with 6 minutes to go as manager less City secured a much needed
point against Blackpool at the weekend. Since scoring for the Welsh U21 side,
the talented front man has been in a rich vein of form even if his side has
Andrew Crofts (Gillingham - midfield/forward) Hit the
winning goal as the Gills registered one of the shocks of the Second Round of
the Carling Cup. The Wales U21 international pounced after 93 minutes to turn
in a cross to give his a prize scalp in Premiership Portsmouth.
Kyle Critchell (Southampton - defender) Had his plaster
off on Tuesday afternoon and will now have his injured knee placed in a brace
for six weeks. He will be out for the remainder of the season.
Adam Davies (Cambridge - defender) Got his first start of
the season this week after some impressive performances whilst away on
international duty with the Wales U19 and 21 squads. The night suddenly
capitulated for the U's though with visitors Grays Athletic charging into a 4-1
half time lead. The game finished 5-3 with Davies having had a baptism of fire
but still backed by his manager. "He made mistakes on Tuesday but other than that I thought he acquitted
himself quite well. He was down about it, but he's an asset to the club. It
was a baptism of fire against a very good side, but the experience will make him
stronger." Rob Newman
Arron Davies (Yeovil - striker) Came off the bench to give
his side a glimmer of hopein the Carling Cup fixture against
Millwall this week. The young Dragon was benched in place of Argentinean
Bastianini, but showed his worth by coming on in the second half to turn things
around for his side.
Craig Davies (Oxford - striker) Scored his sides second
goal to secure all three points as Oxford beat Darlington at the weekend. The
Wales senior international rounded the goalkeeper in the 76th minute to clinch
the points as he took the game to the Quakers after coming off the subs bench.
Peter Ferris (Carlisle - striker) Bagged a brace for the
second string, with one being an absolute corker as the striker showed glimpses
of a man in form. The former Wales U19 international smacked one in from 35
yards, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance. His second came from a regulation
16 yards as the reserve team ran riot in a 5-0 win over Wrexham on Wednesday
Stuart Fleetwood (Cardiff - striker) Was another Wales U21
squad member to get a run out during the Carling Cup this week. The young
striker started the encounter with lowly Macclesfield as manager Dave Jones was
without cup tied Michael Ricketts and virus victim Cameron Jerome. It was
a Fleetwood run that led to his side's equaliser, with his cross bouncing back to
Joe Ledley who fired home.
Adam Gross (Barnet - defender) Made a return to training
and to the reserve side this week after missing the last three league games due
to a groin injury. The former Wales U19 international had a run of five first
team games after replacing the also injured Ismail Yakubu and got a welcome run
out during the second string loss against Leyton Orient. He will now hope to
break back into the starting XI as the high flying Bees look for a shock
promotion in their first season back in the League.
Lewis Haldane (Bristol Rovers - striker) Will be brought
back from his loan spell at Forest Green Rovers after the sacking of Ian Atkins
this week. The striker was in the middle of a second month at Forest Green
Rovers and will now hope to convince acting manager Paul Trollope that he should
remain around the first team squad rather than return to get more experience
Joe Jacobsen (Cardiff - defender) + Jon Kift (Cardiff -
striker) Both scored as the reserves made it a good week for the
Bluebirds with a 2-1 over Wycombe. Jacobsen was the first to strike as he lifted
the ball over the goalkeeper and scored from a rebound and then Kift struck to
seal the points with a well taken under pressure.
Michael Jones (Wrexham - goalkeeper) Came through the game
against Leyton Orient with flying colours as the youngster proved what a good
breeding ground for talented youngsters. In his first League start the stopper
nicknamed "Carrots" did all that could be expected of him and won praise from
manager Denis Smith. "Michael did amazingly well, especially when you remember he is only 17
years old. If you didn't know, you would have thought he was a much more
experienced player on that display." Denis Smith
Joe Ledley (Cardiff - midfielder) Converted a
Stuart Fleetwood cross to claw back a 1-0 deficit as the Bluebirds made tough
work of Macclesfield in the Second Round of the Carling Cup. It seems that
Ledley is well and truly over his foot injury and could well force himself into
the Welsh senior starting XI with Carl Robinson struggling to keep a regular
place in the Sunderland side.
Dan Martin (Notts County - defender) Was called into the
starting XI on Saturday as the Magpies took on Shrewsbury at Gay Meadow. The
Wales U19 and U21 international was unlucky not to get on the score sheet but
will not have been pleased with the score sheet as the Shrews ran out 2-0
Lee Worgan (Unattached - goalkeeper) Is on trial at Ninian
Park after finding himself without a club after being released by Rushden and
Diamonds last season. The Wales U21 international played for the reserves
against Wycombe this week and will hope to impress reserve team coach Paul
Karl Yelland (QPR - defender) Helped the U18 team to a 3-1
win over Northampton at the weekend. Although a knock with 10 minutes to go
blew his chances of playing for the reserves against Spurs on Monday after he
had been selected. He will now hope to be fit for the weekend.
Young guns news -
Friday 16th September 2005.
Grant Basey (Charlton - defender) Started his first game
back from injury on Saturday as the Addicks U18 team drew 2-2 Coventry City.
The former Wales U17 international will now hope to regain full fitness during
the season as he looks to gain further international recognition.
Ramon Calliste (Liverpool - striker) Created havoc but
could not get the goal he craved as the Liverpool reserves beat Wolves 1-0 on
Wednesday night. The Wales U21 striker has slotted in comfortably with life at
Melwood and will now hope to boost his tally with a few goals over the coming
weeks to enhance his chances of staying on for another year and to also
vindicate the great faith shown to him by Brian Flynn.
David Cotterill (Bristol City - striker) Hit the back of
the net Bristol on Saturday with a great curling shot inside the far post, but
that could not disguise the fact that Swansea spanked seven in at the other
end. It was the second time in a week for the Welsh youngster to score and his
side to go on and lose, after hitting in the back of the net for the Wales U21
side in midweek against Poland.
David Edwards (Shrewsbury - midfielder) Underwent surgery
to to repair both sides of his hernia this week. The 19 year old who has been
impressive in an un familiar position on the right side of midfield, will now
face a spell on the sidelines as he faces his first major setback in a fledgling
Richard Evans (Sheffield Wednesday - midfielder) Played
for Yeovil reserves this week as he tries to find a new lease of life away from
Hillsborough. The former Wales U21 player played the full 90 minutes as Yeovil
drew 1-1 with Bristol City. He will now hope he has done enough to earn another
shot to impress Gary Johnson.
Lloyd James (Southampton - midfielder) Continued his red
hot scoring form with a well taken penalty as the Saints U18 team thumped
Birmingham 6-0 on Saturday morning. The Wales U19 midfielder has been in
sparkling form this season as have the Saints youth team. The starting XI also
contained Gareth Bale (defender) in the back four.
David Jones (Manchester Utd/Preston North End -
midfielder) Added to his growing reputation with an early goal as
Preston beat Millwall last Saturday. The Manchester Utd midfielder curled in a
superb free kick from 25 yards out to score his second goal in two games. The
Welsh qualified midfielder must surely be high on Brian Flynn's call register,
because with more displays like this one, he will become very hot
Ollie Holmes (Cambridge - midfielder) Was one of many
scorers this week as the Cambridge youth team ran riot during the Qualifying
Round of the FA Youth Cup against Wingate. The young flyer scored his sides
sixth goal as they trounced the visitors 10-0 to advance to the next round.
Alex Lawless (Torquay - defender) Returned to fitness just
in time to help the seaside club win their first game of the season against
Shrewsbury on Saturday. The former Fulham academy member started the game as
the Gulls won 2-1 to relieve the pressure on manager Leroy Rosenior.
Lewin Nyatanga (Derby - defender) Made the bench for the
senior side on Sunday in the live league game against Crewe. The Burton born
defender has had a meteoric rise over the past few months, advancing from the
U17's right through to captaining the U21's against Malta as well as signing a
pro contract for his club and appearing against Grimsby during the Carling
Cup defeat, and will now look to push on and become a permanent fixture in the
senior squad. Although Lewin didn't make it off the bench he will be very
encouraged by the fact that manager Phil Brown has so much faith in him.
Daniel Nardiello (Barnsley - striker) - Hit a curling free
kick to score his sides third goal as Barnsley beat Gillingham 3-0 on Tuesday
night. The Welsh qualified striker has not quite nailed down the first team
spot he would have liked after his move down the leagues from Old Trafford and
will now realise that life could well be tougher than he thought. It is still
very puzzling why he has not nailed his colours to the international mast yet,
as life with the Three Lions looks a very distant dream.
Tom Sparey (Shrewsbury - defender) Scored with a
speculative effort from a free kick as the youth team crashed 3-2 to Wigan. The
Welsh youngster took a long free kick and the ball sailed in without touching
anyone. The young defender was joined in the starting XI by Wales U17 training
camp attendee Shane Sutton (defender).
Young guns news -
Friday 9th September 2005.
Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder) - Side footed his
sides first goal as the Walsall youth team ran out 4-2 victors against Chester
on Saturday. The Wales U19 international was very impressive and created his
sides second with a superb through ball. He will now look forward to earning
another cap when he plays against Northern Ireland on the 13th of
Rob Davies (WBA - midfielder) - Got an assist and a goal
to his name in the first Midlands reserve derby of the 2005/06 season. The
Wales U19 international set up his sides first goal with an speculative through
ball before he settled matters by skipping into the penalty box before firing an
acute drive across Stefan Postma. The former Wrexham youth team player will
have taken great heart from the fact that he was included in the senior side for
the pre-season games and will now try and convince manager Bryan Robson that he
has what it takes to make the step up on a permanent basis.
Lloyd James (Southampton - midfielder) - Underlined his
credentials as the Southampton U18 team romped to a 4-0 victory over Aston Villa
at the weekend. James was joined in the starting XI by fellow Wales U21
standby player, Gareth Bale (defender). He also started for
the reserves in midweek as the Saints second string once again included a mix of
youth and experience in a 2-1 win against West Ham.
Scott McCoubrey (Cardiff - midfielder) - Is on a hot
scoring streak after getting the only goal of the game as Cardiff City's U18
team beat Charlton 1-0 on Saturday. The Welsh U19 international raced through
the middle to register the games only goal in a heated contest.
Lewis Powell (Bristol Rovers - defender) - Scored as the
youth team ran riot against Hereford last weekend. The former Swan hit the back
of the net as Rovers ran out 5-0 winners.
Rhys Powell (Bolton - defender) - Captained a
youthful Bolton reserves on Monday night against Everton. The Cardiff born
youngster played the full 90 minutes and made some telling interceptions as the
Trotters fell to a solitary goal in the first half. It's very puzzling as to
why Powell is not a part of the Wales U19 squad for the Northern Ireland
game having not even made the standby list for any internationals since
withdrawing from a Wales U19 training camp with an injury.
Dale Williams (Yeovil - striker) - Will be joining
Tiverton on loan for a month as manager Gary Johnson looks to give him some game
time to build up his experience. "Dale is going to Tiverton after playing in our Youth Team. We feel it is
a starting point for Dale and I am sure he will do well at that level." Gary
Johnson - Yeovil manager
Rhoys Wiggins (Crystal Palace - defender) - Played the
full 90 minutes as Kit Symons' reserve side beat Leicester 2-0 on Tuesday
night. Wiggins started in a very inexperienced back line which held firm to
give his side the win and continued the winning start to the season for the
Eagles second string. The Leicester back line contained former Wales U16
captain Liam Norval.
Karl Yelland (QPR - defender) - Got 90 minutes and a clean
sheet under his belt as the QPR youth team beat Cambridge 1-0 on Saturday. The
former Wales U17 international seems to be enjoying life down at Loftus Road
after being released by Southampton academy. He has made the right back
position his own at U18 level and will look to get some starts for the reserves
Young guns news -
Friday 2nd September 2005.
Abdhi Ahmed (Blackburn - striker) - Will play for the
Blackburn U18's this season after joining the academy for the 2005/06
season. The striker was in the starting XI as Rovers beat Fulham 3-1 on
Ramon Calliste (Liverpool - striker) - Celebrated his new
one year contract by being called into the Wales U21 squad and by being selected
for the Liverpool reserves on Tuesday night against WBA. The former Manchester
Utd academy hitman played for an hour before being replaced by lighthouse
striker Peter Crouch. The WBA starting XI contained the impressive Rob Davies
(WBA - midfielder) who was denied on a few occasions by good
saves from the Reds keeper.
Stuart Edwards (Llanelli - defender) - Has joined the ever
increasing ranks of full time pros at Stebonheath after accepting an offer to
join the Spanish Armada down in West Wales. The former Wales U19 international
will probably make his debut in the West Wales derby on September the 7th.
James Frayne (Liverpool - striker) - Got off the bench on
Saturday to score as Liverpool U18's crashed 3-2 against Ipswich. The nephew of
on and off England goalkeeper Davied James scored off the under side of the bar
to give his side a glimmer of hope.
Matthew Holt (Everton - defender) - Scored from a pin
point cross to put the Everton U18's 1-0 in a game where they would throw away a
3-0 lead against West Ham. The Wales U19 defender will now hope that after the
two friendly games against Turkey in August that he will have done enough to be
included against Northern Ireland on the 13th of September.
Lloyd James (Southampton - midfielder) - Got an assist to
his name as the Saints U18 team tharshed Sheffield Wednesday by 6-2 at the
weekend. James has grown in stature at St Mary's over the past 12 months and
along with fellow Welsh youth team colleague Gareth Bale (Southampton -
defender) are on the standby list for the U21 team for the game against
England on Friday night.
David Jones (Preston North End/Manchester Utd -
midfielder) - Highlighted why is such a sought after commoditity within
the Welsh set up with a very impressive performance in his first full start for
North End in a 4-0 thrashing of Ipswich on Bank Holiday Monday. The Manchester
Utd academy graduate scored one and set up striker David Nugent for another
as his side ran riot against highly fancied Ipswich.
Scott McCoubrey (Cardiff - midfielder) - Got both goals as
Cardiff City's U18 team came away with an impressive victory against Nottingham
Forest on Saturday. The Wales U19 international scored from the spot and picked
up his second with a header past thew keeper. He will now look forward to
travelling to play against Northern Ireland in the U19 September friendly.