It’s not just the First Team that have this weekend off, as the Under 19’s also have a small break from their Welsh Premier Development League.
With mixed results in their first nine games of the season, we caught up with manager Carwyn Edwards about the Under 19’s season, being Head of the Senior Phase and undertaking the UEFA A Licence.
“Inconsistency has been the main issue so far this season as we’re almost at the half way point of the league campaign” commented Carwyn when asked about Town sitting midtable after nine games.
“Our performances against the sides above us in the table have been much better than the performances and results against the sides below us. In the last few weeks we’ve had excellent performances and results compared to start of the season where too many defensive errors cost us games.”
The young Lakesiders might have lost five out of their nine games but as always in football, the margins have been small as they have lost by the odd goal so are the Lakesiders in a false position in the table?
“Maybe some people would think that” he started.
“In the last few weeks we’ve put in great performances against Bangor and Connah’s Quay and got excellent results, last couple weeks we’ve lost to Airbus and TNS, like you said by small margins, going by our second half performances in both games, I feel we deserved a point from both, but it’s tough when you’re a goal or two down at half time after not performing as well as we should but then playing brilliant in the 2nd half.”
Edwards continued “Because of this I don’t think we’re in a false position in the table, we just need a run of good results to get us going again. The league is a great standard which I think many people underestimate, there are some great players in this league and competitive teams, it’s different this season as many teams are beating each other and anyone can beat anyone on their day.”
Apart from being at the helm with the Under 19’s, Carwyn is also Head of the Senior Phase of the Academy. Carwyn was full of praise for the Under 15’s and 16’s.
“As Head of the Senior Phase I’m really pleased with the development of the U15’s and especially the U16’s.”
“We didn’t have an U15’s team last season so our main aim was to get one this season. We’ve got a good group of players there, a bit light on numbers which we’re looking to add to, but credit the the squad they’ve improved as the weeks have gone by.”
He elaborated further “The U16’s have done brilliant to qualify for the Super 6. Credit to the players and coaches for their efforts since the start of the season.”
“Not the best start to the Super 6 with a heavy defeat to Airbus, but we got a point against TNS in the next game where the squad put in a great performance and probably deserved to win, but I’m sure they’ll get their win soon enough.”
Over the close season, Carwyn was successfully accepted onto the UEFA A Licence course at Dragons Park and tells us that he is enjoying attending the course and has already seen the benefits to his coaching.
“Yes I’m currently a candidate on the UEFA A Licence and UEFA Elite A Youth licence and going to Dragon Park in a couple weeks for our second contact. It’s been great so far, a lot of work, but I’m really enjoying it and I feel it’s benefited and developed my coaching quite a bit this season.”
“I feel the sessions I put on for the U19’s, U16’s or U15’s includes a greater amount of tactical detail, we focus a lot more on our principles of play and our game model and I think it helps the other coaches in the phase as we’ve had more detailed discussions and presentations regarding our sessions and how we can develop and improve in the future” Carwyn concluded.
The Under 19’s host Llandudno at Maes Tegid on Sunday, 2nd December in their next Welsh Premier Development fixture.