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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones

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Young guns news - Sunday 31 Jan 10

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Bagged a brace as the Swindon reserves beat Salisbury City 5-1 on Wednesday night.  His first was notched up from a yard out and the second came just before half time.  The Wales U21 international could have grabbed a hat trick with more composure, but did round the game off with a through ball for his sides fifth and final goal. 

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester - striker) Has been praised this week by academy manager John Rudkin for his development during his second year as a scholar.  The Wales U21 international has recently signed his first pro contract.  He also scored the reserves this week, although his goal wasn't enough as the City second string lost 2-1 to Walsall.

"We've been pleased, he's scored a number of goals.  He's a good example, he's worked very hard in his first year, and blossomed in his second year." John Rudkin, academy manager

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) + David Stephens (Norwich - defender) Both played for the reserves on Thursday night against Stevenage.  With Owain Tudur Jones and Rhoys Wiggins both moving out on loan, they are now the only Welsh representatives still at the club.  It was to be a good night for the second string as they ran out 2-0 winners.

Keiron Freeman (Nottingham Forest - defender) Scored one as the U18 team bounced back with a win after disappointment in the FA Youth Cup against Chelsea.  Freeman volleyed home after 10 minutes to bag his sides second in the 3-1 victory over Sheffield United.

Jonathan North (Watford - goalkeeper) Has joined Oxford City on a months loan as  he looks to build up his fitness after a returning from injury.  He played 90 minutes and was beaten only once by a header. 

Ashton Taylor (Tranmere - defender/midfielder) Scored his first goal at Prenton Park as Tranmere beat Yeovil 2-1.  Taylor struck after 52 minutes as Tranmere tried to sneak out of the relegation zone.

Jonathon Williams (Crystal Palace - midfielder) Started in midfield as the Eagles took on Derby County this week in the FA Youth Cup.  And it was the London side that eased into the fifth round with a 2-0 win.

Young guns news - Tuesday 26 Jan 10

Tom Bender (Colchester - defender) Has signed his first pro contract at the club after impressing manager Aidy Boothroyd.  Bender became the second youngest player to represent the club when he came on against Hartlepool in September. 

Jonathon Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) + Kurtney Brooks (Watford - midfielder) Are through to the next round of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-0 win against Hartlepool in midweek.  The Wales youth internationals face Liverpool at Anfield in the next round.

Matty Collins (Swansea - defender/midfielder) Is being tipped for a loan spell away from the club this month as Sousa looks to keep his fringe players match sharp.  Collins was linked earlier in the week to Leyton Orient, only for the club to deny the rumour. 

Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) + Aristote Nsiala (Everton - defender) Played 90 minutes as the youth team beat Brighton 2-0 in the FA Youth Cup this week. 

Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) And the U18's advanced to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup with a 3-1 win against Reading.  Dummett played 90 minutes in defence as they beat a Royals team containing Jake Taylor (Reading - striker).

Sam Hart (Preston - defender)
Scored a decisive penalty in the shoot out as the Lillywhites shocked Sunderland in the FA Youth Cup this week.  Hart kept his nerve under pressure to slot home as Preston advance to the next round.

Reece Jones (Fulham - midfielder) + Richard Peniket (Fulham - striker) Both started as the Fulham U18's beat Bolton after penalties last week.  They will now face Ipswich who beat Arsenal in teh fourth round. 

Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - striker) Is recovering from a quad strain and is likely to be back in training soon.  He has also had an injection to the knee after suffering discomfort. 

Alex Titchiner (Crewe - striker) Has gone on loan to Colwyn Bay as he looks to get some senior match action under his belt.  The Towyn boy will look to get the goals to take Colwyn Bay to promotion. 

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