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Saturday, July 21, 2018

U18s Bossed The Second Half Said Phillips

Academy coach Simon Phillips was pleased with the under-18s 4-1 win at Talgarth last night.

Phillips thought his side, mainly trialists, bossed the second half of the game.

"We knew it was going to be a big physical test as we've only had one game back preseason which was on Saturday, against a young Undy side which we won comfortably 7-1. We knew tonight would be a much different type of game, we started really well in the first 10/15 minutes, played the ball around really well.

"We had an injury after about 20 minutes then to our centre-half which upset us then for the next 10 minutes. He's got a very badly bruised foot, we'll have to check on him tomorrow to make sure there's nothing broken. I thought it was a bit of a nasty challenge but that's men's football so we take that as it comes. 

"We had a bit of a reshuffle and they got into the game a little bit, they scored just before half time, but half time probably came at just the right time for us. We got them in the dressing room, gave them a few instructions asking them to play simpler balls in the final third, rather than going a bit longer. To be fair to the boys, they took it on board and second half I thought they bossed the game."

As for the goals, Phillips was particularly impressed with 17-year-old midfielder James Goodfellow who scored twice.

"Little James Goodfellow in midfield looks a little dot, he joined us last season, he's an under-17 this year, he has a knack of popping up in the box and just two-yard goals - that's what he scores and he scored two tonight including on with his head. 

"Jack Marston scored a great strike from outside the box, and Taylor took one down the right-hand side and slotted it in with his left foot, so very pleased with the goals.

"We've got some more preseason games coming up, we had a fair few trialists playing tonight. We've got seven games preseason, first four we're going to do a lot of trialist games so there were a fair few playing tonight and they're all playing for their places.

"We've got Hay mens next Wednesday and then the next one after that is Kidderminster a week on Monday at home. It'll be played at Pegasus, we've got an understanding with them this season I think where we're going to be playing our under-18 games."