JAKE XAVIER has been invited to train with Crewe Alexandra after an impressive display against the League One’s Under-9s earned him a nomination in this week’s Colwyn Bay Academy Players of the Week. 

Max Davies has been in prolific form for the Under-8s, scoring four goals against Flint and a hat-trick against Airbus, while Ryan Owen capped a superb defensive display for the Under-13s at the weekend by battling in the opposition area to score a vital equaliser against Llandudno.

 The full list of nominations this week is:

MAX DAVIES (Under-8s): Max has shown great consistency in training and in games. His desire to develop is clear to see, Max shows up and hardly has an off day.

His bravery to win the ball back is exceptional alongside striking the ball, when he does shoot he finds the back of the net with great accuracy.

 Against Flint he netted four goals and at home to Airbus grabbed a hat-trick. 

He drives forward when spaces open as well as tracking back undertaking his defensive duties. His hard work in training sessions is being rewarded, especially in games, and Max is a threat to any opposing team. Well deserved Max, keep it up. Jonathan Tasker (U8s coach).

JAKE XAVIER (Under-9s): Really tough to pick a player this week after the whole team performed excellent against a good Crewe team, but Jake’s improvement over the last 18 months since joining has been excellent and was demonstrated on Saturday with a great performance.

He caused problems early on with his pressing off the ball and speed and power on the ball. He scored a great goal, with a one touch then shot into the top corner, and created many more. 

 Jake was always looking to do a skill and then make his decision which is something we have worked on in training.

 Jake was also asked at the end of the game to go and train with Crewe for a few weeks which goes to show how well he did. Well done Jake keep up the good work. Joe Fitzpatrick (U9s head coach).

REGGIE PHILLIPS (Under-10s) Reggie this week has been the definition of hard work with the focus being pressing from the front.

He has been the stand-out in this with his persistence in the press, winning the ball a countless amount of times and his unbelievable energy levels are as good as ever.

With this being the style of play we would like, Reggie is going to thrive and we hope he continues in this manner. Well Done Reggie, keep up the hard work. Mason Maxwell Jones and Wayne Jones ( U10s Coaches).

ALFIE McMANUS (Under-11):
Alfie’s understanding of the bigger game picture is improving week in and out.  His reading of the game in possession is becoming better as looking for a forward pass constantly, or securing possession and being an offer for support if not on.
 Defensively, he always reads the game well and is able to recover quickly to assist his team-mates around him. Most importantly, is his constant mature manner in which he leads his players and drives standards in team mates every session and match with constant encouragement and quality instructions. Matt Sampson (Academy Director).

RYAN OWEN (Under-13s): Ryan gave a superb defensive performance at the weekend in a very tough game against Llandudno Academy. 

Ryan’s improvement since joining the squad has been fantastic. His positional awareness and ability to read danger and step into cut it out is superb. His aerial ability is also vital for us. 

On Sunday he put his body on the line countless times to make timely tackles against a very physical opposition. His sound decision making allowed him to use his strength and agility to drive out from the back and link up with our forward line on numerous occasions. 

His never give up attitude played off big time as he battled in their box to to score a vital equaliser for us. Overall a very impressive performance Ryan. Well done mate, keep up the hard work. Lee Bubb (U13s head coach).

UNDER-14s: It would be unfair to select an individual who was PoTW when so many positives were on show for the team this week. The players’ work effort for the collective was amazing, the individuals taking on board their IDPs and working on them during the game. 

 What was impressive was the teams belief in their own ability and that they can compete and beat the top teams. No longer intimidated by teams or individuals.  The future is looking bright for them. Well done all round. Kev Jones (coach).

CAI FFRITH (Under-15s): This week’s player of the week was a tough choice for myself and Zac as there was a lot of really good performances from the team against Oldham.  Cai Ffrith, however, showed a high work rate and determination to win the ball back for the team and producing quality creating chances in the attacking third. 

Cai topped off his excellent performance with a well taken goal also. Well Done Cai. keep up the good work.  Russ & Zac (U15 Coaches).

JAMES GRIFFITHS (Under-16s): James always puts 100% effort and intensity into his training and it really pays off on the pitch. He has developed into a player who is tough to beat, calm on the ball and now we have asked him to play quicker in possession, is beginning to be look more confident finding passes with the ball as he plays through the lines into our attacking players. Well done James. Paul Adams and Anthony Wilkinson (U16 coaches).

CAMERON TWIST (Under-19s): In what was always going to be a difficult fixture against TNS, Cam showed an excellent attitude throughout, setting the tempo and intensity for our press off the ball, and demanding the same from the rest of the players.

He communicated well throughout the game, really helping the younger players that we had in the group, and was calm and composed on the ball when we did have possession, with a good range of short and long passes. Well done Cam, fully deserved. Mark Orme (coach).