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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones

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Young guns news - Friday 26 Mar 10

Darcy Blake (Cardiff - defender/midfielder) Found himself dropped on Wednesday night against Sheffield United at the City of Cardiff Stadium, but before you wonder that I have gone mad, it wasn't from the starting XI but from midfield to the centre defence.  It's somewhere that the U21 is comfortable with having played there under Brian Flynn. 

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Has been an unused sub for the seniors during the last two League One fixtures against Southampton and Norwich.  Bodin has been in impressive form for the second string and manager Danny Wilson is not afraid of giving youth team players a chance. 

Jonathan Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) Pulled off several top drawer saves and kept the Canaries at bay as the Hornets stung Norwich in the academy game last weekend.  Bond made several saves from Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) in the 2-1 win.

Jake McEneaney (Burnley - defender) + Liam Newman (Burnley - striker) Recieved the dreaded news that all scholars fear last week when they were told that they would not be rewarded a pro contract at Turf Moor.  The second year scholars will now try to find new clubs starting with the exit trials at Warwick University at the end of the month. 

Vinny Mukendi (Macclesfield - striker) Scored his sides fourth goal as the Silkmen beat Tranmere in the Cheshire Premier Cup semi final.  The reserves went on to win 4-2.

Jonathon North (Watford - goalkeeper) Is back at Boreham Wood after a loan spell at Oxford City.  North kept a clean sheet and made several saves against a Norwich reserve side that had Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) in the starting XI.

Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City - defender) Benefited from Gary Johnson leaving the club with two starts in the space of four days.  Ribeiro played 90 minutes as a centre back in a back three as the Robins drew 2-2 with Newcastle and then started again against Barnsley in a 5-3 win on Tuesday night.  He has also been linked today with a move to Everton. 

Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) Made another appearance for the second string this week against Salisbury.  The Wales U21 international struck the fourth in a 4-3 win. 

Sanchez Watt (Arsenal - striker) Even though the ship has probably sailed on this one, I thought I would still write about it anyway.  The Arsenal starlet has signed for Leeds on loan until the end of the season.   

Young guns news - Sunday 21 Mar 10

Tom Bradley (Bristol City - goalkeeper) Was between the sticks as the reserves drew 1-1 with Forest Green Rovers in midweek.

Sam Jones (Leeds - midfielder) Started for the reserves as they took on Lincoln on Thursday night. Jones played 58 minutes in the 5-0 win.

Kayne McLaggon (Southampton - striker) Has recovered from injury and played 90 minutes for the second string as they beat Swindon comfortably this week. It's been a stop start season for the speedster after recovering from an achilles injury which  brought the last campaign to a premature end.

James Owen (Barrow - midfielder) Has joined struggling Barrow after the demise of Chester City. Owen will now go straight into a relegation battle as the Bluebirds look to stay in the Blue Square Premiership.

David Stephens (Norwich - defender) Will get game time after being loaned to Lincoln until the end of the season. Stephens has been on the fringes of the first team at Carrow Road this season but with team playing so well it has been tough to get a chance.

Shane Williams (Birmingham - midfielder) Got the dreaded news that all kyoung scholars fear when he was told that he will not recieve a pro contract at St Andrews.

Young guns news - Sunday 14 Mar 10

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Struck either side of half time as the reserves beat Swansea 3-0 this week.  The U21 internationals clinical finishing was the difference between the two sides. "Technically Billy is very gifted.  Of course there is a lot of raw edges that need to be polished off, but he's a talented kid." Dave Byrne, Swindon reserve team manager.

Jonathan Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) Celebrated a call up to the Wales U17 squad with a double defeat for his club.  Bond started for the U18's in a loss against Villa before getting a starting spot for the reserves in a 2-0 loss to Wycombe.  The positive thing is that Bond is getting regular game time for the reserves this season.

Richard Blythe (Aston Villa - midfielder) Had reasons for a double celebration last week with a goal for the U18's during the 3-0 win against Watford last Saturday before playing in the FA Cup Youth  victory after pens  v Fulham on Tuesday evening.  He was joined on both occasions by Wales U19 international Tomos Roberts (Aston Villa - defeder).

Kayleden Brown (WBA - midfielder) Has gone out on loan to conference side Barrow as the Baggies look to give the youngster some match experience.  West Brom hold the right to recall the U19 international at any time.

Reece Jones (Fulham - midfielder) + Richard Peniket (Fulham - striker) Suffered FA Youth Cup Final heartache as the Cottagers lost on penalties to Villa this week. The Wales youth internationals missed out on a semi final spot.

Jake McEneaney (Burnley - defender) Picked up an assist as the Clarets youth team ran riot against Wrexham last weekend.  The Wales youth international picked out a sweet pass for his team mate to score the fourth goal in a 5-1 win.

Ashley Richards (Swansea - defender) Played another 90 minutes as Swansea captured another important three points in the race for the Premiership in 1-0 midweek win against Watford.  Richards has been a part of a very consistent Swans rearguard and will no doubt fancy a starting spot when the U21's next meet up.

Young guns news - Sunday 7 Mar 10

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Played 90 minutes as the reserves cruised to a 3-0 win over Bournemouth this week.  The Bournemouth starting XI had Matt Vokes (Bournemouth - midfielder) in the starting line up. 

Kayleden Brown (WBA - striker) Played 90 minutes for the reserves as they drew 0-0 with Walsall on Tuesday night.  Brown could have got on the score sheet if it wasn't for some good saves by Saddlers keeper Clayton Ince.  The Saddlers starting XI contained Mark Bradley (Walsall - midfielder) who was found first team spots difficult to come by over the last month or so. 

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) Played 90 minutes for the reserves as they drew 1-1 with Colchester on Tuesday night. 

Wayne Farmer (Shrewsbury - defender) Kept his sides unbeaten run going with a goal for the youth team in the 1-1 draw with Bury last weekend.

Sam Hart (Preston - defender) Captained the U18 team as they beat Wigan 2-0 last weekend.  Hart has been an ever presant for the youth team and reserves this season without ever really threatning to break into the first team squad.

Lloyd James (Southampton - defender/midfielder) Will have to rest up for two weeks as he has a piece of bone floating in his ankle.  The club hope if they get the process right he could make it until the end of the season without having to have an operation.

"If we get it right he could last until the end of the season and maybe we can sort it out then.  That's the plan as we would like Lloyd about as he has been a big part of this team." Alan Pardew.

Stephen Powell (Huddersfield - defender/midfielder) Had been on the pitch for seven minutes before he struck his sides third goal in a 3-1 against local rivals Leeds on Wednesday night.  Powell drove into the corner to guarantee the win. 

Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) Scored the first as the Royals thrashed Salisbury City 5-0 on Wednesday night.  Taylor was part of a second string made up totally of youth team players. 

James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) Started for the reserves on Wednesday night as the Robins beat Swansea City 3-0. 


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