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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones.

Young guns news - Tuesday 12-May-09

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester - midfielder) Finished the home campaign off with an brace of goals as the U18 team signed off with an emphatic 6-3 win against Portsmouth last Saturday morning.  The Wales U17 international also picked up an assist in the rout. 

Josh Klein-Davis (Bristol Rovers - striker) Has been released by the second Bristol based club of his short career.  After being released by City as a youth player, it seems that he has not done enough to convince Paul Trollope at Rovers either, as he was told last week that he will not be offered another contract at the Memorial Stadium. 

Kai Edwards (Wrexham - defender) Has been offered a one year proffesional contract as Dean Saunders continues his plans for next season. 

Joe Jacobsen (Bristol Rovers - defender) Is one of the unlucky ones told that his services are no longer needed at The Memorial Stadium.  The former Wales U21 international will now hope to find another club during the summer.   

James Owen (Chester - midfielder) + Ben Jones (Chester - midfielder) Both made appearances as Chester bowed out of League Two with a defeat to Darlington.  It now remains to be seen if the club go into administration or not.

Elliot Parish (Aston Villa - goalkeeper)  Was drafted in to play for the U18 team last weekend as the young Villains finished the season on a high with a 1-0 win against Crystal Palace. 

"Elliot Parish playing in goal behind the younger lads was a massive help.  Elliot seems to have matured immensely and he did a great job for us keeping the young lads under control." Tony McAndrew, Aston Villa youth coach 

Joe Partington (Bournemouth - midfielder) Played 90 minutes as the Cherries finished the season in style with a 4-0 win against Morecambe.  The Wales U21 international will now look to start the season strongly and retain his place in Brian Flynn's squad.

Gary Preen (Southampton - midfielder) Was a constant threat and could have scored as the Saints U18 team beat Birmingham 1-0 in the last game of the season. 

Ashton Taylor (Tranmere - defender/midfielder) Made his senior debut on Saturday as the Wales youth international came off the bench at the end of the second half against Scunthorpe.  Even though the game was into injury time, it will have given him heart as he looks forward to next season.

Alex Titchiner (Crewe - striker) Scored as the U18 team finished the season with a draw at home against Derby.  Titchiner struck his sides first as they finished with a point. 

Owain Warlow (Lincoln - midfielder) Has been released by the Red Imps and will now look for another club over the summer.  He was one of seven players released.  He could well be joined by former Wales U21 international Lee Beevers (Lincoln - defender) who has been told he can leave, but may well stay under an old contract offer if he can't find a new club.

Young guns news - Monday 4-May-09

Troy Brown (Fulham - defender) Who has been on trial at Charlton of late, appeared for the second time at the heart of the Ipswich second string side this week.  The Wales U19 international played at centre back in an impressive 5-0 victory over Leyton Orient.  No word yet though if he has done enough to impress the canine loving Roy Keane. 

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester - midfielder) Scored one as the Foxes U18 team kept up pressure on leaders Spurs in the Premiership Academy League.  The Wales U17 international and his team mates are now the highest scoring side in the league set up with 50 goals in the last 10 games.

Simon Church (Reading/Leyton Orient - striker) Broke the dead lock after half time, but his goal was not enough as Orient lost 2-1 to Millwall last Saturday.  Despite various reports in the media, it is not known yet whether the Wales U21 international will stay at the Madjeski or seek regular football at another club. 

Sam Hart (Preston - defender/midfielder) Slotted in at left back as Preston took on a Man City XI this week.  Hart played 90 minutes as the Lillywhites the League with a 2-0 win. 

Aynsley McDonald (Rushden and Diamonds - defender/midfielder) Picked up most improved young player of the year in the end of season awards.  McDonald has been on the fringes of the first team this season and is another youngster who will look for a strong pre season to push his claims for a start.   

Liam Newman (Burnley - striker) Celebrated winning the Totesport.Com Central League on Monday night with two goals for the reserves on Wednesday evening.  The Wales U17 international scored twice as the Clarets beat Preston 2-0.

James Owen (Chester - midfielder) Was once again in the starting XI as Chester fought for their league lives against Aldershot.  With only a win guaranteed to give them any realistic hope of staying in League Two, City drew 2-2 and now need a major miracle.  It seems that life in the Blue Square Premiership next season could see youngsters like Owen and Ben Jones (Chester - midfielder) starting on a regular basis.

Elliott Parish (Aston Villa - goalkeeper) Kept a clean sheet in the mini Midlands derby as the Villains reserves beat the Baggies 2-0.  Parish was called into action on a couple occasions and dealt comfortably with everything that was thrown at him.

Ashton Taylor (Tranmere - midfielder) Was an unused sub as Tranmere look to give youth a chance as the season comes to a close.  The game against Yeovil finished 1-1 and Taylor will now be looking to get some match action after a successful loan stint with Colwyn Bay.   

Jake Taylor (Reading - midfielder/forward) Was in the starting IX on Tuesday afternoon as the reserves won the Combinations League with a 4-1 win against Millwall.  Taylor could have grabbed a goal himself but for an impressive save from the Lions keeper.  He also started again on Thursday afternoon as the reserves cruised to a 4-0 win against Gillingham.  Taylor having a hand in the first goal as the Royals ran riot against the Gills. 

Sam Wedgbury (Sheffield Utd/Ferencvaros - midfielder) Played another 90 minutes Ferencvaros as he comes to the end of his loan spell in the Hungarian second tier.  His side need another two wins to claim the title and promotion to the top flight. 

Jack Winter (Swindon - defender) Will not be offered a contract at the County Ground after being released at the end of his two year scholarship at the club.  This time of year brings a lot of sadness and joy for many youngsters as they learn whether they will be staying on at their respective clubs or looking for other employment and clubs.

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