THIS week’s Colwyn Bay FC Academy Players of the Week includes Darren Peters, who scored a hat-trick for the Under-14s, despite picking up an injury, while Olly Jacobs hit a match winner for the Under-11s to cap a superb performance, and Archie Chatterton hit two great goals for the Under-12s against Caernarfon.
The Players of the Week, nominated by the respective age group coaches, are:
IT was a tough decision this week, with all the lads performing well in training and the match, but Jake just stood out that extra little bit to take the award.
Looking at defending our half this week Jake took to it with ease, remembering the key points when defending in 1 v 1 situations.
Jake particularly looked excellent in the match. I spoke to Jake before the game about looking to beat his man and then make a decision to pass or shoot, and Jake did this to perfection, constantly winning that 1 v 1 battle and creating chances for himself and others.
Jake’s defensive work was also impressive, pressing high as the opposition got the ball and working back to mark once that press had been broken.
Well done Jake this week, let’s keep this level of performance up.
U8’s Head coach
Riley has been in impressive form this week. As usual he was fantastic in training and really took on board the style of play we are trying to implement at the club.
Technically he is brilliant and has really worked on the rest of his game, and this week it showed with a great performance in the match against Bala. As an attacker he knows he has the ability to beat a man and has a tremendous shot on him, but he is now developing his ability to press from the front and be the first to close down the defenders, stopping the opposition playing out and turning over possession in dangerous areas. The team are really benefiting from this.
He is also understanding his responsibility to work hard and get back to help his team mates when out of possession. This was on show all this week in training and the match.
Wee well done Riley, fantastic effort and attitude… keep it up!
Jarod started the week training with the 11s, with great feedback from Matty Roberts saying how well he had done.
We played Bala over the weekend and he gave his all with some really good touches on the ball and great runs down the left hand side, linking up well with Sam Foulkes and Zac Edwards.
Overall his position is changing from a left winger to central midfielder which is totally different, from running with his head down to getting his head up and playing. So well done Jarod on being player of the week.
Since joining the squad this season, Olly’s commitment, dedication and attitude has been nothing short of first class. To date he hasn’t missed a training session, match or any lockdown fitness and technical contacts, which is just superb.
Coming into a new group Olly has had to take on a lot of information with the style of play we’re looking to play and then also his roles and responsibilities of what’s been asked of him when playing different roles, both in and out of possession, along with building new relationships and understanding with his teammates.
Huge praise to Olly, as he has just grown each week and his performances have just got better and better. Tasked with playing as a 9 on Saturday, Olly went on to produce a superb performance. He worked his socks off and gave everything, pressing from the front setting a tempo and not giving the defenders a second.
On the ball, Olly showed great intelligence in the position dropping in holding it up and then linking play and spinning back in behind with some great runs and also off the ball movements.
He topped all this off with a hugely well deserved goal which proved to be the match winner. A massive well done Olly, keep us this tremendous hard work
New to the squad, Archie has hit the ground running. His attitude in training has been first class – eager to learn a new style of play and implementing into his game what we are asking of him.
This he certainly did in the weekend’s game against Caernarfon.
Archie was everywhere his link up play with our forward players was terrific showing terrific movement and vision to find a pass.
He showed huge energy levels and desire with his drive to press the ball and defend from the front high up the pitch.
Archies pace, strength and determination when running with the ball caused the Caernarfon defence all sorts of problems and this resulted in him scoring two great goals.
Overall a superb individual performance.
Well done Archie, keep up the hard work.
U12s Head Coach
IN a difficult game this week against Caernarfon, Elliott was one of the players who kept going all the way to the end, with the same application and desire right until the last minute.
He got his rewards with a goal and an all round solid performance.
Elliott continues to work hard in every single training session and match, and the development we have seen in the past 18 months really has been phenomenal. Elliott leads the team by example, always with 100% application and has become a strongly influential player for the team.
Keep up the good work El!
Two very good performances in two days for Darren.
In our first game against Prestatyn, Darren opened the scoring with a classy finish one-on-one with the keeper, before coming off injured – only to return in the second half to complete his hat trick.
Darren gave another strong performance against Caernarfon, stepping into defence in the second half and showing his ability to play in different positions, making some great tackles preventing goal scoring opportunities.
Well done Darren
14s Head Coach
IT was a difficult decision this week due to the hard work and effort of the whole squad especially in Sunday’s game, but George deserves the award for his intelligent positional play. He was able to foresee danger and react to situations before they happened.
Due to injuries, he was playing in an unfamiliar position, but gave 100% effort without complaint. He was fast and aggressive in the press, passed the ball well when under pressure and made some fantastic recovery runs.
Well done George.
U15 lead coach