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 Welsh Football Young Guns update news - by Owain Jones

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Young guns news - Friday 30 Oct 09

Grant Basey (Charlton - defender/midfielder) Stepped off the bench and made a rare appearance for the first team as they drew the Kent derby 1-1 with Gillingham last weekend.  Basey played 30 minutes in what has been a barren run for him without first team Division 1 game time.

Tom Bender : photo linked from cu-fc.comTom Bender (Colchester - defender) The Wales U17 captain played 90 minutes for the reserves as they saw off Barnet 3-0 on Tuesday.  Bender who has been in and around the first team squad this season has been in fine form of late.

Kayleden Brown (WBA - striker) + Josh Knight (WBA - midfielder) Both started as the reserves drew 2-2 away at Port Vale on Monday night. 

Simon Church (Reading - striker) Started on Monday night but coudn't make an impression as the Royal were out foxed by Leicester.  His side evetually losing 1-0 to a Leicester side with Andy King (Leicester - midfielder) involved.

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) + David Stephens (Norwich - defender) Got a taste of a local derby as the second string sides clashed at Portman Road on Wednesday afternoon.  Both played 90 minutes as the game finished 1-1.

Kayne McLaggon: photo linked from McLaggon (Southampton - striker) Made another reserve team appearance as he stepped up his comeback after a ruptured achilles last season.  The Barry born striker played out on the right wing as the reserves cruised to a 3-0 win against Forest Green Rovers.  He may now be an outsider for the U21 game against Bosnia as his pace would give Flynn a different option.

Patrick Otte (Middlesbrough - defender) Came out on top against fellow U19 international Stephen Powell (Huddesrfield - midfielder) in the reserve team friendly this week.  Otte played 85 minutes as Boro won 1-0.

Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) as another Wales youth team player to get a run out for the reserves this week as they took on a Swindon team with Billy Bodin (Swindon - mdfielder/striker) in the squad.  Bodin Jnr came off the bench after 38 minutes as Swindon ran out 4-1 winners.

Matt Vokes (Bourmemouth - midfielder) Started for a very young Bournemouth reserve side on Tuesday afternoon as they took on Swansea.  Vokes played 90 minutes as they lost 2-0 as Chad Bond (Swansea - striker) grabbed one of the goals.

Young guns news - Friday 23 Oct 09

Grant Basey (Charlton - defender/midfielder) Played another 90 minutes at centre back as the Addicks look to find a position for the talented U21 international.  Basey scored with a half volley as the reserves beat a Glenn Hoddle Academy XI 2-0.

Richard Blythe (Aston Villa - midfielder) Scored with a 25 yard screamer as the reserves thrashed Reading 6-0 last weekend.  The midfielder has just been called up to the Wales U19 squad and was joined in the starting XI last Saturday by Tomos Roberts (Aston Villa - defender) who also got the call from Brian Flynn.

Billy Bodin (Swindon - striker) Picked up two assists as the reserves beat Plymouth 3-2 on Tuesday.  Bodin had a hand in the first and third goals.

Kurtney Brooks: photo linked from watfordfc.comKurtney Brooks (Watford - midfielder) Started as the reserves cruised to victory against Peterbrough this week.  Brooks played 75 minutes as the Hornets won 4-1. 

Kayleden Brown (WBA - striker) Struck one as the U18 team thrashed Crewe 7-2 last Saturday morning. Brown has been in good form this season and will be raring to go when the U19 qualifiers come November.

Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) + Aristote Nsiala (Everton - defender) Both started as the reserves beat Bolton 1-0 on Monday night.  They were joined in the match day squad by Connor Roberts (Everton - goalkeeper) who was an unused sub.

Keiron Freeman (Nottingham Forest - defender) And the U18 team recorded a second consecutive victory with three points against Barnsley last Saturday.  Freeman scored the second goal following an indirect free kick as the team won 3-1.  This followed on from a clean sheet against Sheffield Wednesday the previous weekend. 

Aaron Holloway (Bristol City - defender/midfielder) Scored as the U18 team came from 2-0 down against Cardiff City to win 3-2. Holloway lashed in his sides equaliser as they went on to win 3-2.

Reece Jones (Fulham - midfielder) Made a very late appearance off the bench as the reserves beat Pompey 2-0 on Tuesday night.  Jones was a last minute sub for a player who had only just got on himself.

Jack Mackreth : photo linked from Mackreth (Tranmere Rovers - midfielder) Under 18, narrowly missed his hat trick whilst playing for the Tranmere second String against Sheffield United, having scored 2, Mackreth broke to be pulled down in the box, he stepped up to take the kick in the last minute which was saved by the keeper.

Kerry Morgan (Swansea - striker) Who got an early season chance at the Swans will spend a loan period with high flying Newport County. Morgan made his first appearance of the season in the Carling Cup win against Brighton before making his first start seven days later against Reading.   

Patrick Otte (Middlesbrough - defender) And his fellow team mates kept a second consecutive clean sheet last weekend as the U18 team beat Sheffield Wednesday 3-0.  He also got valuable game time last week for the reserves, playing 45 minutes in the back four.

Gareth Partidge (Shrewsbury - midfielder) Kept his fine early season form with another goal as the youth team beat a Walsall team containing Sean Geddes (Walsall - midfielder) 2-0.

David Stephens (Norwich - defender/midfielder) Was another U19 international to get on the score sheet for his U18 side as they came from behind to draw 2-2 with Arsenal at the weekend.  Stephens turned his man before firing past the keeper for the equaliser.

Jake Taylor (Reading - striker) Crossed for his team mate to score the first as the Royals beat the Swans in a second string encounter 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

Young guns news - Sunday 11 Oct 09

Grant Basey : photo linked from Basey (Charlton - defender/midfielder) Was back in the starting line up as Charlton beat Barnet 4-1 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.  Basey played at centre back and was praised by manager Phil Parkinson - "Grant is looking to nail down a position. He's played centre-back when he's younger and we've been working on his heading, fitness and athleticism in training. He's got a very good football brain, he reads situations very well and we put him at left-back for the last half an hour and his fitness was very good."

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester - striker) Made it sure that the Foxes would make it seven wins out of seven with the winner in a 3-2 against Villa at the weekend. The Wales U17 international has been prolific since the start of the season and picked a brace against the Villains.

Nathan Craig (Everton - midfielder) Helped his side to a first win since the start of September with opener against Man Utd youth last Saturday morning. The Wales U21 international struck the first in a 2-1 win.

Aaron Holloway (Bristol City - defender/midfielder) Played 72 minutes of the reserve team win against Salisbury this week.  Holloway who has just returned from U17 duty started in defence in the 3-1 win.

Sam Jones (Leeds - midfielder) Was back in the starting XI as the youth team took on Sunderland at the weekend. Unfortunately it wouldn't end in glory for the U19 international as they lost 3-1.

Vinny Mukendi (Macclesfield - striker) Was an unused sub as the Macc lads were downed 4-2 by Carlisle in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.  Mukendi has been in red hot form for the youth team and struck an impressive brace as they beat Rochdale youth at the weekend, it was the sides third consecutive win.

Aristote Nsiala (Everton - defender) Started for the reserves against Man Utd on Monday night.  The speedy centre half played 90 minutes as the Toffees lost 1-0. 

Gareth Partridge (Shrewsbury - midfielder) Scored his second goal in as many games as the youth team beat York at the weekend in the Alliance Cup.  Partridge scored his sides second in the 3-1 win.   

Gary Preen (Southampton - midfielder) Was the latest Welshman to be called into first team match day squad at the weekend. Preen was an unused sub as the Saints beat Gillingham 4-1.

David Stephens (Norwich - defender) + Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder)  Both made senior bows on Tuesday night as the Canaries flew into the next round of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a 1-0 win against Gillingham.  Stephens played 20 minutes and Dawkin 18 minutes as they came off the bench in the second half.  They were joined on the field by Rhoys Wiggins (Norwich - defender) who started. 

Alex Titichiner (Crewe - striker) Scored his sides only goal as the Railwaymen U18 team drew 1-1 with Man City at the weekend.  Titchiner pounced on a defensive error to slot home an equaliser in a game which City should have won. 

Ashton Taylor: photo linked from Taylor (Tranmere - defender/midfielder) Was another to get a run out in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on Tuesday night.  But it was the same old story for John Barnes' men, as they crashed out 2-1 to Bury after taking the lead.

Young guns news - Sunday 4 Oct 09

Thomas Bender (Colchester - defender) Appeared on the bench last weekend as the U's drew 1-1 with Tranmere in League One.  It follows on from the left footed defenders brief cameo the previous week when he stepped off the bench for the last few minutes in the 2-0 win v Hartlepool.

Richard Caine (Doncaster - midfielder) The left sided midfielder played for Donny against Darlington the other week, hescored one (with his right) and picked up an assit for another goal.  The former Victory Shield squad member will now hope a run of fine form will evetually lead up to another youth team call up.

Elliott Chamberlain (Leicester - striker) Brought Coventry U18's unbeaten run came to an end against red hot Leicester at the weekend as Chamberlain struck again to keep his own run of consecutive goals going.  The Foxes won 3-0.  He also got his first run out for the reserves as they thumped Tranmere 4-1 at the Walkers Stadium on Wednesday night.

Simon Church (Reading - striker) Cut through the defence before scoring from the edge of the area to score his sides first as the Royals picked up much needed three points in a 2-1 win against Preston on Tuesday night.

Nathan Craig : photo linked from Craig (Everton - midfielder) Lined up for the reserves this week as they took on Blackburn at the Stobart Stadium.  Unfortunately his appearance would end in a defeat as they lost 3-0 to Blackburn.  He was joined in the squad by Connor Roberts (Everton - goalkeeper) who was an unused sub. 

Josh Dawkin (Norwich - midfielder) Was again in the thick of it as the Canaries youth heaped more misery on Chelsea with a 2-1 win last Saturday.

Josh Knight (WBA - midfielder) Picked up an ankle injury last week in a reserve team win against Halesowen.  The Baggies won the encounter 2-0 and progress in the Birmingham Senior Cup Challenge. 

Gareth Partridge (Shrewsbury - defender) Stepped off the bench as the youth team hammered Lincoln 7-0 last Saturday.  Partridge curled in a 25 yard shot after cutting in from the flank as the Shrews cruised to victory.  He was joined in the XI by Wayne Farmer (Shrewsbury - defender).

Ashley Richards (Swansea - midfielder)
Picked up a start in midweek as the Swans drew with Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium.  Richards played the full 90 minutes and may get more game time with Joe Allen (Swansea - midfielder) trying to shake off injury and Shaun McDonald (Swansea - midfielder) now on loan at Yeovil. 

Tomos Roberts (Aston Villa - defender) Was on the bench this week as Villa played Fulham.  Unfortunately he didn't manage to get on the pitch as they beat Fulham 3-0.  There was also a match day squad spot for Reece Jones (Fulham - midfielder) who was an unused sub.

Rhys Taylor: photo linked from Taylor (Chelsea - goalkeeper) Was between the stick as a young Blues reserves took on a Wolves second string with Sam Vokes up front.  Taylor was very much the bystander for most of the game until called on late to make some very fine saves as Wolves threatened to make a grab for the points.  The game finished 1-0 to Chelsea.

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