ACADEMY Manager Jeremy Newton continues his tour diary with the STFC Academy teams in Holland this week.
Swindon Town’s U10s, U11s, and U12s continued their tour of Holland with games against Den Haag and FC Gravenzande.
The U10s won their game 4-2. After being 1-0 down in the first half, they came out of the blocks in the second half with a good team display of hard work and, at times, some good passing patterns.
The work ethic was fantastic to see. We then went on to pass the ball to a level that we are used to with goals coming from Landon Goulding, Thomas Pitt, and Archie Thomas.
The other U10s team played FC Gravenzande and won 2-1 with two goals coming from Harry Parsons. The game was played at a good tempo and the Swindon players found their rhythm quickly, looking positive all over the pitch. Coach Kev Hall was pleased with the performance as the game was played on a big pitch and over a long period of time.
The U11s played two games against Gravenzande and Den Haag.
The first game was against Den Haag, against their own age group, playing 11v11 for the first time, on a full size pitch. This was a huge challenge physically and tactically for the players. The result was 1-1 with Town’s goal coming from Rhys Wells after good work from Levi Irving. Coach Andy Minturn was very pleased with the application and work ethic of the players. Game two against FC Gravenzande was against an older and physically stronger team. The first half was even but Town went into the second half with two fantastic strikes from Owen Windsor and Levi Irving. Levi went on to celebrate his goal with his own personal celebration but then was joined by the other 10 players who jumped on top of him. It was great togetherness from the team and this is what the tour is about - linking together and becoming stronger as a team.
The U12s played three games against Den Haag, FC Gravenzande, and SPD USA.
Against very good opposition who kept the ball well, STFC U12s went down 2-0. Town missed a very good chance in the first half through Oscar Webster. Den Haag's goal was an excellent strike from the corner of the box just evading Curtis Walker in the goal. In the second half, the players pressed and pushed for the equaliser but couldn't get the goal we needed. On the break, Den Haag made it 2-0 with five minutes to play.
In the second game against Gravenzande, the Dutch side scored from a corner to win the game 1-0. The game was a challenge for our players against a physically stronger team than Den Haag.
Their third game of the evening was against an American XI. The players passed the ball well in this last game winning comfortably 5-1 thanks to a brace from Oscar Webster and goals from Luke Haines, Frankie Grieveson and Yordi Kaashoek.
Overall, it was a challenging evening with three, half-hourmatches against different formations, physicality and tactics. The Man of the Evening as voted by the players was Leon Morrison. Well done Leon!
Read more from Jeremy tomorrow on the official website