GERAINT THOMAS, who made the first team match day squad against Ruthin Town in December and has been in outstanding form over the last few weeks, played a key defensive role in the Under-19s development squad’s 2-0 victory against Llandudno on Sunday, and is among the Colwyn Bay FC Academy Players of the Week.
Under-16s newcomer Matt Hardaker made the list for the second week running.
The full list of nominations is:
GERAINT THOMAS (Under-19s): Gez has been outstanding over the last few weeks, playing both at centre half and out of position at left back at times.
He takes information on board extremely well, and was exceptionally good defensively in 1 v 1s on Sunday in the 2-0 win against Llandudno (with goals from Ethin Goodwin and Aled Beardmore), as well as communicating to the rest of the back four very well. Well done Gez, fully deserved. Mark Orme (coach).
MATT HARDAKER (Under-16s): For the second week running Matt has been named Player of the WeeK. He has settled in very quickly and shows great potential.
He played in two different positions on Sunday and he was strong in both areas. In the second half he was instrumental in midfield, where we had struggled to be competitive in the first half. Matt changed that with his strong tackling, breaking up opposition play and moving the ball more quickly. Great to see. Well done Matt. Paul and Anthony (U16 coaches).
BEN SENIOR (Under-15s): Ben has stepped in at centre back since October and has performed week in week out. He reads the game well and is confident in his ability and isn’t afraid to step in with the ball at his feet.
Ben came up with some important tackles this week, in what was a tough loss in a game we dominated. Well done Ben. Russ and Zac (U15 coaches).
ELLIOT BULLOCK (Under-14s): In a week where the 14s have had an unfamiliar coach due to illness, it was pleasing to see Elliot stepping up in training sessions and showing good leadership skills in the way he explained the roles of the players in the squad to the new coach.
This enabled a smooth transition for the weekend match against Llandudno, in which Elliot showed composure on the ball and strength and desire to win the ball out of possession. He bossed the midfield, especially in the second half where he inspired a spirited performance.
His solid work with the ball at his feet in between the Llandudno defensive lines helped the team to attack and to play forward with some clever passes in behind forcing Llandudno to play deeper. This pressure resulted in two well deserved goals from the also excellent Ben Woodmansee. Well done Elliot.
MAX REECE (Under-12s): Max was superb on Sunday away at Llandudno. In very challenging conditions, Max’s ability to see danger was crucial.
Against the wind in the first half he dropped deep to support the defence to combat their direct approach. This worked fantastically well as he cut out a lot of what Llandudno were trying to do, stepping in to cut out their passing lines, getting the ball down and looking to drive us forward.
In the second half Max pushed more forward and his quick thinking and link up play was superb. He really showed his passing range as he looked to get the ball forward quickly, and came close to scoring as well with a superb long range effort.
Overall a very strong, disciplined and mature display. Well done Max; a superb effort mate. Keep up the hard work. Lee Bubb (Head of Foundation).
HARRISON (Under-11s): Harrison has done a great job this week, he’s always taken on instruction and puts in the hard work in training and games.
Saturday’s game came with very challenging conditions, but Harrison got his head down and looked to play the ball while also doing a great job pressing high and didn’t stop when he was on the pitch. George Reed (U11s coach).
REGGIE PHILLIPS (Under-10s): Reggie has had an outstanding attitude this week and has really taken on information regarding the high press, he works tirelessly for the team and is really pushing himself to be the best.
Against Llandudno, with the weather being so tough, he was always trying to press as much as possible and ran his socks off. With this continued work ethic Reggie will continue to improve week by week. Well Done Reggie; keep up the hard work. Mason Blackwell Jones and Waynes Jones (U10 coaches).
IOAN JONES (Under-9s): Ioan has had a fantastic week, really looked confident and powerful on the ball in training. On Saturday he played centre half against Llandudno and didn’t get dispossessed once, even in the challenging weather conditions. He pushed out into midfield with the ball on several occasions with so much confidence, just like he does week in week out training.Well done Ioan on a brilliant week. Michael Walters and Gaz Owen (U9s coaches)
WILLIAM PRESTIGE (Under-8s): Recently signed for Colwyn Bay academy, William has impressed in training and in his first two games at TNS and Llandudno.
A very good all round player that adapts to any position he is played in. Strong on the ball, he has the relevant ball mastery skills to beat the opposition with good composure. He pressed Llandudno really well and forced the mistakes to win back possession, resulting in two well taken goals.
William is a top striker of the ball with good power and accuracy and made countless strong tackles,. He is definitely the player you would want in your team; very physical with excellent work rate. Great start; keep it up William. Jonathan Tasker and John Watkiss (coaches)