Town Youth 4 Haughmond 1

Town Youth advanced into the Second Qualifying Round of the F A Youth Cup with a thoroughly professional performance against a combative Haughmond side at a wet and windy Arden Garages Stadium on Thursday evening.

The Shrewsbury based visitors had achieved a notable win away at Bromsgrove Sporting in the previous round, but with the weather becoming increasingly wild they were literally blown away as Town stormed into a three goal lead in the opening 20 minutes.

Tommy Harrington started it all off in just the sixth minute when he finished off a flowing Town move which split the Haughmond defence by driving the ball past the helpless Haughmond keeper Luke Hyde  from 15 yards out.

Haughmond responded with Callum Hunt firing narrowly  over, but Town kept up the pressure and when two up on the quarter hour mark when Ross Quartermaine’s right wing corner caused mayhem in the penalty area and Josh Aspinall-Smyth blasted the loose ball into the roof of the net.

With Town totally in control it was 3-0 five minutes later with an accomplished finish from Harry Hartin into the bottom corner from virtually on the penalty spot.

Haughmond tried to get back into the game with Town keeper Ryan Woodward saving from James Hill at the foot of his left hand post and then coming smartly off his line to deflect an Edward Shakeshaft effort behind.

And on 41 minutes they pulled a goal back when Zac Windsor’s 25 yard free kick swerved under Woodward’s despairing  dive.

Sensing they now had a glimmer of hope Haughmond introduced all three of their substitutes at the beginning of the second half and for the next ten or so minutes they  enjoyed their best spell of the evening only for Windsor to miss their two best chances by shooting straight at Woodward and then volleying over from eight yards out.

But with Aspinall-Smyth and Sacha Everard in their usual commanding form in the centre of Town’s backline Haughmond’s effort began to peter out, and on 62 minutes Town added their killer fourth goal.

Gaining possession some 25 yards out Dan Atkins used the advantage of the following wind to hit a dipping right footer which Hyde did well to get his hands to only for it to then drop behind him into the net.

There was no way back for Haughmond after that as Town regained their earlier composure and went close to extending their lead still further..

Hartin  saw his shot blocked on the line, substitute Bradley West had a decent attempt only held by Hyde at the second attempt and then another beaten away by the keeper while in between Hyde could then only watch nervously as a Quartermaine free kick drifted narrowly over.

Late on  James Pomeroy cleared a Hill header off the line and in the final minute Hunt blazed over from close in but Town were long since safely through and Darren Timms’ progressive side have now won four out of five in all competition this season.

Music night tickets on sale from Saturday

supporters02

With just over three weeks to go before our second music night we’re glad to be able to announce that tickets will go on sale from the club shop and bar before Saturday’s match against Redditch.

The evening of Friday 12th October will see the Koho Duo perform in the function room at the Arden Garages Stadium. Warwickshire based Jenni and Matt make up the Koho Duo, performing covers and their own material, spanning a variety of genres. The duo who specialise in haunting harmonies and melodic tunes were Grand Finalists in UK Open Mic in 2017, a competition that had over 10,000 entrants.

Tickets will also be available on the night at a bargain price of just £5 each.

 

 

 

Town Appoint Head Of Football

The Club have announced the appointment of Thomas Baillie as Head of  Football to  assist the current coaching team of Steve Walker and Nathan Marsh.

Baillie has extensive experience with particular success at Kettering Town with whom he won the Southern League Division One Central Division in 2014/15.

Comings And Goings

Bradley Maslen-Jones became the sixth player to depart Town since the start of the season by switching to Bedworth United and being in their side which went down 3-1 at home to Banbury United last night (Tuesday).

Bradley made four Town appearances scoring one goal  –  a memorable individual effort from distance at Royston  –  and follows  Kynan Isaac, Callum Powell, Dan Summerfield, Edwin Ahenkorah and Nabil Shariff in moving on.

Meantime checking in as Arrivals have been on loan keeper Ross Etheridge plus Ross Oulton from AFC Rushden and Diamonds and the youthful trio of Cody Fisher, Jarrell Hylton  and Harry Draper as the Town squad continues to evolve.

Town Youth In F A Youth Cup Action

Town Youth will be looking to make further progress in the F A Youth Cup when they take on Haughmond from the MFYL Premier Division North in a First Qualifying Round tie at the Arden Garages Stadium on Thursday.

Darren Timms’  side breezed past Alvechurch with a 4-1 scoreline in the Preliminary Round a fortnight ago, while Haughmond went through 3-1 away at Bromsgrove Sporting so a closely fought game is anticipated.

Kick off time is 7.45pm.

Fixture Change

With both clubs having exited the Emirates F A Cup last Saturday Town’s home League match  against Redditch United has been switched from its original midweek date of Tuesday November 20th  to Saturday September 22nd with the normal 3.00 pm kick off.

Rugby Borough Juniors 3 Town Youth 2

.Town Youth’s 100% record this season was ended by Rugby Borough Juniors at Kilsby Lane on Monday evening, but a much improved second half performance against the MFYL Premier Division South table toppers almost saw Darren Timms’ side snatch a point right at the end.

Rugby went on the attack straight from the kick off and took the lead after only 15 minutes with a well struck 20 yard free kick. With Town struggling to get into the game the Juniors then went two up ten minutes later when the pacy Rugby striker seized on a wayward Town pass to surge forward and fire into the bottom corner.

But at last Town found their rhythm and in the closing minutes of the half both Bradley West and Harry Hartin had decent efforts saved by the Rugby keeper.

And it was Town who looked the sharper of the two sides after the break with substitutes Rob Lord and Jack Ballinger making an instant impact, and it was Ballinger who soon pulled a goal back with a composed finish after being played in by the hard working Ross Quartermaine.

With James Pomeroy and West causing the Rugby defence plenty of problems an equaliser looked on the cards, but then a long ball over the top caught Town out at the back and the Rugby striker ran on to slot past Ryan Woodward.

Town responded and Caine Elliott gave them a glimmer of hope with five minutes to go as he hit a tremendous 25 yarder which flew past the keeper but Rugby held on to clinch the win.

Next up for Town is their F A Youth Cup First Qualifying Round tie at the Arden Garages Stadium against Haughmond which is likely to be ;played on Thursday September 20th but this date is still subject to confirmation.