A BIG performance from Dan Niemczuk-Luka, who set up at least five goals and scored two himself for the Under-9s, earned  him a nomination in this week’s Colwyn Bay FC Academy Players of the Week awards. 

A fantastic defensive display by skipper Alex Baguley helped the Under-13s to an excellent win against Connah’s Quay. 

The full list of this week’s nominations is:

JACOB CAMPBELL-GRIFFITHS (UNDER-8s): Jacob takes on instructions and information really well in training sessions and in games. His passing and vision to play the ball has improved, rather than beating the man with his skill and taking them on. That he can do comfortably with his confidence that is growing every week.
 Jacob is also making clever runs off the ball calling for the ball and has a very direct pass that finds his teammates feet. He always shows great energy and sharpness. Well done Jacob. Jonathan Tasker U8s’s coach.

DAN NIEMCZUK-LUKA (UNDER-9s):  Dan had an excellent week in training which was topped off with a great performance against Connahs Quay. During the game Dan was unselfish, setting up at least five goals and constantly looking for the passing combinations we have worked on in training.  Dan was also able to score two goals himself in the game. Well done Dan; keep up the good work. Joe Fitzpatrick (U9’s head coach).

RORY GEORGE (UNDER-10s): Rory was absolutely outstanding in the fixture against Connahs Quay over the weekend. It was a performance that really showcased all the superb attributes and qualities Rory has. 

He is a player with an unbelievable engine and his work rate was second to none covering every area of the pitch.  Out of possession he was so focused and determined and his concentration was really good, reading the play, cutting out passes and continually breaking up play with his solid and well timed tackling.  

All game Rory was box to box with his all action display, carrying the ball out from midfield into the final third and looking to assist the forward players and at times showing great dribbling ability and creating shooting opportunities for himself. 

It was a performance that I felt really saw Rory back at his best at the heart of the midfield. Well done Rory, keep up the hard work. Matthew Roberts U10s Coach

JAXON OWEN (UNDER-11s): Jax has been performing at a high standard week on week and his recent, positive body language and attitude has excelled his performances and ability to take on details. More importantly, he is the player who collectis equipment and shows a driving intensity at training sessions, which is a great attribute to behold. Matt Sampson (Academy director).

DAM TWAMLEY (UNDER-12s): What a performance Dan produced on Sunday, he was literally superb in every department. 

 Over the last month the group has had a difficult run and hugely tested in some tough fixtures, but Dan has shown immense personality  and leadership and really stepped up to the challenges and this has reflected in his performances where they have just been getting better and better with each game. 

Dan at times was simply unplayable and really took the game to the opposition in every way. It was a performance with a real edge to it. Out of possession he worked tirelessly, closing down with intent, and playing with a real determination and hunger to regain the ball at every opportunity. In possession he was even better, it was crowded and congested at times but his ball control and footwork was class. 

He was so brave in possession and happy to receive in tight areas, taking it from defenders, throw ins and always looking to play on the half turn continually starting attacks then showing great energy and joining high up in the final third causing more problems.  He was a real problem to opposition all game and his opposite midfielders certainly knew they had been in a game.

It was nothing short of a top draw midfield display. Well done Dan, keep up the hard work. Matthew Roberts (U12s Coach).

ALEX BAGULEY (UNDER-13s): Alex put in a fantastic defensive performance in a very tough game against Connahs Quay at the weekend. In a game that needed leadership he stepped forward as Captain and led the side superbly. 

His organisational skills at the back were top-drawer. Constantly advising and guiding his teammates how to keep a solid defensive shape. Alex was fearless in the tackle and constantly put his body on the line to keep the opposition out when they were in our final 3rd.  

His strength in the air along with his decision making was also key in cutting out a lot of what Connah’s Quay were trying to create. Alex’s calmness on the ball spread throughout the team and he was comfortable to play calmly out from the back. Alex put in an extremely disciplined performance on Sunday which helped the team massively in securing a very deserved win. Well done Alex; a fantastic display. Keep up the hard work mate. Lee Bubb (U13s head coach).

IWAN ROBERTS (UNDER-14s): Iwan has been reliable for training and matches and has become a player to depend upon. He has taken on board the coaching points quickly and applied them very effectively.  

Iwan’s vision in the game at the weekend allowed the team to create overloads from his interceptions. Unfortunately he got injured in the game and he will be missed. We all wish him a speedy full recovery. Well done Iwan. Kev Jones (U14s coach).

GABRIEL HINCHCLIFFE (UNDER-15s):  In what was a tough game at the weekend, only a handful of players stood out. Even though the team were losing heavily Gabriel’s desire to win the ball back never faulted throughout the 80 minutes, always looking to win the ball back with some big challenges and as always was looking to get us on the attack. Well done Gabe, Russ and Zac (U15 coaches).

WILL FORD (UNDER-16s): Over the past few games Will has grown into a strong voice on the pitch, keeping momentum high, giving encouragement and keeping a positive attitude even in difficult situations and he is starting to show strong leadership qualities. 

This week because of illness and injuries in our defence, Will offered to step in at centre back and played well providing great structure and support.   Our line was stronger and we moved out of defence in the transition phase much quicker providing more support as a unit. Well done Will. Paul Adams (U16’s coach).

RYAN ROBERTS (UNDER-19s): After a tough weekend result against a well drilled  Connahs Quay team, Ryan was disciplined in his movement, on and off the ball, along with his ability to take on information before and during the match. His work rate and attitude has improved significantly, again, giving himself the best opportunity to thrive and develop. Matt Sampson (Academy Director)