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U18 County Cup Winners - 10 April

New College Academys' under 18 side retained the Wiltshire FA County Cup title with a 2-1 win over Melksham Town.

new college 2017 Wiltshire FA U81 County Cup winners

The game played at, Royal Wootton Bassett's, Gerrard Buxton sports ground included lads who have played regularly for the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West team. 

 

Final For College U18 Team - 3 April

New College Academys' under 18 side have reached the Wiltshire FA County Cup Final for the second year running.

The side beat Bradford Town yesterday 2-0 and now play Melksham Town this coming Sunday (9 April) at Royal Wotton Bassetts ground, 2pm kick off.

The side has mixture of younger players along with some who have played a lot of first team football in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West this season. Another chance for the lads to add silverware to the honours list and show how well they can play.

 

Crucial Games - 17 March

New College have a very busy and important weekend coming up, in the Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West.

They anticipate two tough games against teams in and around them. Playing Letcombe at home on Saturday 19 and then Woodstock Town, again at home on Monday, they will be looking to accrue maximum points from the two games to consolidate the safety gap.

Currently third from bottom in One West, ten points above Saturdays opponents Woodstock. A haul of six points from these two fixtures would see New College move up one place in the rankings with games in hand.

“Because we share with the rugby club, we haven’t always been able to get on the ground, so a lot of our games have been moved to Monday nights,” said the College chief Matt Cossnet. “That’s worked out a lot better for us though and meant that we can get a lot more of the stronger second-years involved. “A lot of them play on Thursday nights and work on Tuesdays but they’re usually free on Mondays. A lot of those guys have done really well and Tom Johnston has probably been the standout one in the last few weeks. Letcombe will be difficult because they’ve got a few lads that can play and then we’ve got Woodstock. They’re a side that are below us but you can’t just look at the league table. Cheltenham Saracens were down there but they’ve started winning a few matches. It’s going to be a really busy weekend because the U18s have also got a semi-final in the Wiltshire Youth Cup on Sunday against Bradford Town.”

 

No Illusions - 3 March

New College head coach Matt Cosnett is under no illusions that his side face a tough test when they come up against Uhslport Hellenic League Division One West pacesetters Fairford Town this weekend.

Despite that, Cosnett admits it is the perfect chance for College to spring a surprise result in the division, with the onus firmly on the visitors. “They’re flying at the moment and it will be a good test for us,” said Cosnett in the Swindon Advertiser. “Ultimately, we have nothing to lose. If we get beaten, then people will expect it, but if we beat them, it is obviously a great result for us.“We’re capable of getting something if the players are all switched on and tuned in to what we have done in training this week.”

The College chief believes his team have done well so far this season, although has been left to rue the chances they have been unable to take. With just four wins all season, Cosnett will be hoping Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over Tytherington Rocks in the Bluefin Sport Supplementary Cup will inspire his side to another rare success at the weekend.

“It’s been a good season in patches. We didn’t deserve some of the results but, because of the age group the players are, they haven’t got the senior heads to help them out,” he added.“It’s a learning curve but as long as we are solid and we are competing, then that is OK. We take a lot of confidence from our cup win. It’s always hard down at their place but the players did really well and it was a great result for us.”

 

Vital Points Against Strong Opponents - 29 December

New College picked up three vital points on Boxing Day in the One West derby fixture against Purton at the Red House ground.

The College come out 4-0 winners with the guys producing a decent performance against a side near the top of the table. Matt Cosnett took charge of the game in the absence of Mark Teasdale, the boys have now completed the double over Purton this season and the win puts distance between them and Woodstock Town. Also jumping above Tytherington in the league table. The New Year presents an opportunity for the side to progress and show what they are capable of.

Next up for the College is Milton away on 7 January before another local derby clash at home on Monday 9 against Shrivenham.

 

Positive Results Needed - 24 December

matt cosnett hellenic footballMatt Cosnett admits his side are in need of a result on Boxing Day against Purton as they look to improve their form in 2017.

Cosnett’s side have found points hard to come by so far this season in Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West as they have only managed two wins and two draws, while Justin Miller’s Purton are riding high in sixth.

College coach Cosnett is more than aware that his side are up against it on Boxing Day when the two teams go head to head. “They came down here in August and they were quite a good side. They look to play football the right way at times,” said Cosnett. “They have some decent players, who could probably play at a higher level. They’ll be a tough test, so it will depend on who turns up on the day. Hopefully, it will be three points for us because ideally, it would be great for us to go up the table a bit. The performances are good but errors have cost us. Mistakes will cost us a goal whereas they won’t for other teams. It would be a great start to the year if we can get three points.”

Cosnett also believes it is difficult for his players to balance the festive period with a Boxing Day fixture. “It’s hard. We spoke to them a few weeks ago about it. For some of the more senior players, it isn’t so much of an issue because they’ll be used to playing on Boxing Day, so this will be normal for them,” he added. “The younger players have all said they want to play on Boxing Day to get out of the house and do something. It will be quite good to see the lads produce the things they have been doing in training.”

 

College Keeper Crisis - 20 December

New College Swindon have been hit with a goalkeeping Crisis with Luke Merchant being offered the chance to move to Hellenic Premier Division side Longlevens and with Dan Lawrence still playing for the Swindon Town Youth team this has left a void in both the Hellenic team and also both U18 sides

Academy manager Ian Howell assistant head coach Matt Cosnett have been deep in conversation and a Howell has been contacting some of his contacts from the professional ranks and non league contacts from his playing and coaching days to try and find a couple of suitable replacements in the coming weeks

Howell said. "We obviously never stand in the way of players development which is paramount to our programme and both Dan ( Swindon Town), Luke (Longlevens), have the opportunity to play at higher level so we will never stop that. Hopefully we will be able to speak to a few people in the coming weeks."

 

wiltshire fc badge logo motifU18's Cup Progress - 21 November

New College Under 18s secured their route through to the next round of the Wiltshire FA Youth Cup with an 8-0 win over their Bradford Town opponents.

Matt Cossnett states. "The lads played some great football as well as scoring some great goals. They are now awaiting the next round of the draw to be made to see who next stands in the way of retaining their title."

 

luke merchant hellenic footballKeeper Signed - 7 November

New College have got a new keeper in, Luke Merchant has signed for the Swindon based side

Luke will help bolster and aid the side, allowing the under 18s keepers to stay in their age group. Luke has previously been with Forest Green Rovers youth team and still trains with the FGR first team during the week.

New College Player Link With Swindon Town - 31 October

New College Academy are proud to say that a second player joined Swindon Town U18's for training and also got to train with the first team,

Tom Johnston follows Dan Lawrence in joining the SkyBet League One side for training. The lads have had the opportunity to do so through Academy director Ian Howell's close links with Swindon Town Academy manager Jeremy Newton.

 

Physio Sought - 20 October

New College Academy are looking for a physio to manage/ maintain players in academy fixtures across all age groups.

Contact:
Ian Howell (07818007126)
Matt Cosnett (07846204174)
or email:newcollegeswinfcsec@yahoo.co.uk

 

matt cosnett hellenic footballConsistency Hopes - 9 September

New College travel to Cheltenham Saracens in Division One West and Matt Cosnett hopes his team are on the path to discovering some consistency.

Cosnett said: “This season, we’ve gone with a lot more third and fourth-years in our senior side. We’ll still bring in the younger ones if they impress in training but we think it helps to get those lads more Hellenic League games under their belts. We’re setting the boys mini targets and hopefully they can hit them to move us up the table.”

Off The Mark - 31 August

New College gained their first three points on Monday in the local One West derby against Purton.

A good and solid defensive performance and chances taken were key factors in the College gaining the points. It sets them up nicely into the Bluefin Sport Challenge Cup game at Clanfield on Saturday.

Next week New College U18's start their FA Youth Cup Campaign at Yate Town on Wednesday 7 September 7:30 kick off .

Cossnett Takes The Reins - 12 August

Uhlsport Hellenic One West New College’s day-to-day running will now be down to current manager Matt Cosnett because Ian Howell has become assistant manager for Chelsea’s U21s.

Howell had previously split his time between coaching Chelsea’s U13s and the New College students. This will no longer be the case as his new role at the Premier League team is full time, which means he will only be able to see Swindon New College when he has time off.

“My role with the New College means I am going to step away with the hands-on. I’m still going to manage it but Matt Cosnett will take a more senior role and run the day-to-day programme,” said Howell. “I will manage it from a distance and go back in if I’ve got a day off - I can go in and see what has happened with training. Ultimately, anything I can give back from working at the senior level with Chelsea brings good experience to the College.” Howell is itching to start his new job with Chelsea, which he described as an ‘unbelievable opportunity’.

“I got the nod and the vote to be offered that position, which I was never going to turn down. It’s an unbelievable opportunity to go in and be full time,” said Howell. “I’ve been balancing two separate worlds. Getting the opportunity from a personal point of view to go in at that level, it’s a whole new learning opportunity of going into that more professional development.”

 

Chelsea U21 Appointment - 1 August

ian howell chelsea U21Ian Howell, Uhlsport Hellenic League One East New College Academy director, has been promoted in his involvement with Chelsea to assistant manager of the U21 side.

Matt Cosnett comments. “Ian (pictured) has combined his role at Chelsea for several years, along with managing the New College Academy programme.”

“He will continue to do both jobs, this will be a great factor for the College as Ian will be able to bring back lots of information and knowledge for the lads to gain the benefits of both players and coaching staff.”

“It is a massive achievement which everyone involved with the College side would like to congratulate Ian on.”

 

Star Of Season Preparation - 11 July

New College return to pre season training this morning, the lads will be put through their paces by the Academy staff in preparation for games commencing the following week.

"College" found out their FA Vase opponents and FA Youth Cup opponents on Friday. In the Vase they are drawn against Melksham Town away in the second qualifying round. FA Youth cup, "College" have drawn Yate Town away in September.

 

Back To the Old Ground - 8 June

New College Academy will be returning to playing first team games back on the Rugby side at Supermarine's complex in Swindon for the 2016/17 season.

The club is looking forward to being back at the ground where they started their Hellenic League involvement.

Mark Teasdale will continue to be manager assisted by Matt Cosnett and Andy Burke. College have got their squads structured for the new season and begin pre-season on July 8th.

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