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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones

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Young guns news - Sunday 27 Mar 11

Joe Culshaw (Morecambe - defender/midfielder) Is a new name to keep an eye out for.  The young Welshman captains the youth team and has made several appearances for the reserves this season.  Clushaw made an appearance for the second string this week as they beat Accrington Stanley 2-0.  Jonathan Evans (Accrington Stanley - midfielder) Started for the opposition. 

Michael Doughty (QPR - midfielder) Was on the score  sheet again as the young Rangers beat Wycombe 5-1 on Saturday.  The win means that they have extended the lead at the top of Alliance South East.

Sam Hart (Preston - defender) Played 90 minutes as the reserves beat Wrexham 4-0 on Wednesday night. Hart has not had the chances he might have hoped this season as North End chopped and changed mangers.

Adam Henley (Blackburn - defender) Started and played 90 minutes as the reserves beat Everton 2-1 this week.  Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) + Conor Roberts (Everton - goalkeeper) both started for the Blues.  

Tom Lawrence (Man Utd - midfielder) Scored his sides first with a clinical striker as the U18's drew 2-2 Derby last Saturday.  Lawrence born in Wrexham has been with the Red Devils since the age of eight.  

Connor Roberts (Everton - goalkeeper) + Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) Were once again in reserve team action as the Blues took on the Reds at Anfield on Thursday.  Both are getting regular game time at the moment. 

James Wilson (Bristol City - defender) Was a welcome sight this week as he played his first competitive football for 7 months this week during a reserve team run out against Birmingham.  Wilson played 64 minutes and will now hope to build up some game time during the closing stages of the season.

Young guns news - Sunday 20 Mar 11

Billy Bodin: photo linked from Bodin (Swindon - striker) Picked up some valuable game time and also a goal as the second string beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Tuesday.  Bodin has been in and around the first team all season without getting a chance to impress.

Jonathan Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) Kept a clean sheet as Watford beat Ipswich 1-0 in the U18 fixture last Saturday.  Bond made several saves as the Hornets collected all three points. 

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - striker) Picked up another goal as the U18's drew 2-2 with Coventry last Saturday.  The Wales youth international picked up a rebound from his own shot to open the scoring.  

Ryan Doble (Southampton/Stockport - striker) Was back in the starting line against Burton after serving his three match ban.  Doble could have got on the score sheet with a little more composure, but will no doubt revel in gaining some valuable game time on loan at Stockport. 

Tom Lawrence (Man Utd - midfielder) Stepped off the bench at Anfield as the U18's beat Liverpool 3- 2 in a pulsating FA Youth Cup tie last Sunday.  

Leon Newell (Birmingham - striker) Played 90 minutes as the U18's drew 1-1 with Chelsea.  The former Wrexham youth team forward 

Alex Nicholson (Newcastle - defender) Played 90 minutes as the U18's beat Wolves 3-1.  The Wales U17 international has been a regular started for the U18's this season.  Nicholson also was a sub for the reserves as they lost 4-2 to West Ham.  

Christian Ribeiro (Bristol City - defender) Was back in the match day squad this week as they looked to get some vaulable points against high flying Norwich.  Ribeiro has been out of action for a while and manager Keith Millen will be glad to have him back for the run in.

Conor Roberts (Everton - goalkeeper) Started between the sticks as Everton took on Aston Villa in a reserve team encounter this week.  The game finished 2-1 to the blues.

Josh Roberts (Blackpool - defender) Was another Welsh youngster to get a run out for the second string this week as he started against Chelsea on Monday.  Unfortunately it was a tough afternoon as the seasiders lost 7-2.

Sam Wedgbury (Macclesfield - midfielder) Hit a 25 yard strike three minutes into injury time to earn Macclesfield a late draw against Lincoln. 

Jon Williams (Crystal Palace - midfielder) Has been linked with a move to Liverpool in the papers this week.  Although this had been denied by the Eagles.

Young guns news - Sunday 13 Mar 11

Wes Burns (Bristol City - striker) Continues to impress for the U16's, scoring as they beat Birmingham 4-1 in the Midlands.  Burns has been in good form since being released by Cardiff City. 

Nathan Craig : photo linked from evertonfc.comNathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) + Connor Roberts (Everton - goalkeeper) Both started as the Everton reserves faced Man City this week.  Roberts made some fine saves and Craig came close to scoring on no less than four occasions.  The game finished 3-1 to City. 

Declan Dalley (Unnatached) Played 90 minutes for Ipswich Under 16's to help secure a 2-1 away victory at Chelsea.  He is also due to return to Man Utd for a further trial as he looks to secure his future. 

Connor Finn & Tom Lockyear have secured scholarship contracts at Bristol Rovers following their release by Cardiff City. 

Kurtis March (Swansea - midfieder) Entered the fray from the bench to score his sides second in a 2-0 win against Wrexham in the FAW youth cup.  

Josh Rees (Arsenal - striker) Kept up the hot scoring steak with a brace as the Gunners beat Chelsea 4-1 in the U18 encounter last weekend.  The run continued with his sides only goal as the reserves lost 2-1 to Newcastle.

Elliot Scotcher (Ipswich - midfielder) Shook off an injury to make an appearance as a sub for the U18's against West Ham last Saturday.  Ipswich went on to win 1-0. 

Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) Scored two goals for the reserves as a reminder to the manager that he is ready to make the step up if called upon.  Taylor scored twice in the 3-2 win against Fulham.

Young guns news - Sunday 6 Mar 11

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Scored the only goal of the game as Swindon reserves beat Cardiff City this week.  Bodin scored the winner just after half time.

Jonathan Bond (Watford - goalkeeper) Made several impressive saves but it was not enough to see Watford through to the next round of the FA Youth Cup as they lost 2-1 to Chelsea.  

Tom Bradshaw (Shrewsbury - striker) Has returned from injury and could well be in the match day squad this weekend.

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - striker) Slid in his sides first goal as the Canaries shot down the Gunners 3-1 in the U18 encounter last weekend.  Welsh qualified Josh Rees (Arsenal - midfielder) scored for the visitors.  He also played 45 minutes for the reserves this week.

Ryan Doble (Southampton/Stockport - striker) Scored his first ever senior goal last weekend against Bradford.  Doble rounded the keeper to score but the game finished 3-2 to the Bantams.  The game finished on a sour note as the Wales U21 international was sent off for a flailing arm.  

Michael Doughty (QPR - midfielder) Picked himself up and scored after winning a penalty following a mazy run against Crystal Palace on Tuesday.  The game finished 7-2 to Rangers.

Paul Dummett (Newcastle - defender) Has signed a two year contract at Newcastle after impressing bosses at St James' Park.  Dummett also picked up an award at Newcastle's Rising Stars for 2011. 

Jack Evans (Gillingham - defender) Has been on work experience at Lewes as he builds up his experience of senior team football.  Evans also played 90 minutes for a Gills XI in a 0-0 draw against Charlton.

Jack Mackreth (Tranmere - striker) Has returned from his loan spell at Colwyn Bay after suffering an injury while training with his parent club.

Josh Roberts (Blackpool - defender) Made an appearance for the reserves as they beat a Liverpool XI that were unbeaten in ten games.

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