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Nomads Academy Update by Will Catterall

Date Published: Saturday, 3rd February, 2018 - 10:50am

While our first team grab the headlines in the JD Welsh Premier League, the next generation of Nomads players are more than holding their own in their respective leagues. Here, we take a look at our U18 and U19 sides' progress so far this season.

Nomads U19s
League: Welsh Premier League Development (North)
Position: 5th

Our U19s are enjoying a strong campaign in the Welsh Premier League development North, the highest level of youth football available in the pyramid. After one win and one loss at the start of the season, they went on a run of seven straight wins before losses against Bangor and Prestatyn dented their title hopes.

Undeterred, they bounced back in a 3-1 win away at Newtown two weeks ago, taking all three points with just nine men by full time.

They have two games in hand against league leaders TNS and three in hand over second placed Bangor, so there is everything to play for as they enter the business end of the season.

U19s coach Daniel Reece said: "As we begin the second half of the season, it's a good time to reflect upon the season so far for the senior phase. The scholarship programme continues to to grow and improve, with several players progressing to the senior squads session, whilst both sides are top of their respective leagues. On top of this, we have recently been accepted into tier 1 for next season which is the highest level of college football in the UK.

"We hope the improvement in quality of opposition will push our players on further. Both the 18s and 19s are performing well in their respective leagues and are both within touching distance of the top of the leagues with games in hand. We are delighted with the number of first years who have progressed from the 18s into the 19s and believe we have a really strong group of players who can potentially push on to the senior squad in the next couple of years. As we look to the second half of the season, if the players apply themselves as well as they have done the first half, I've no doubt we will finish the season very successfully."

Nomads U18s
League: North East Wales League
Position: 4th

The Nomads' U18s side are in a unique position, playing as a youth side in the North East Wales League which is an established men's league at the bottom step of the FAW pyramid. But it isn't a case of men against boys, as Matt Sampson and Kevin Manley's side are more than holding their own with an impressive nine wins from 15 games so far this season.

But winning isn't always the aim with this team, as the squad gains valuable experience from playing senior football at a still developing age.

U18s coach Matt Sampson said: "After previously being involved in creating an FAW Academy, I looked towards the Nomads who have a brilliant blueprint into how an academy should be run. Now I'm a part of the structure, the facilities and all staff are first class. Players attitudes and understanding of the game, which was done in the younger age groups has benefited me as a coach and the scholars programme overall."

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