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matt cosnett hellenic leagueHoping To Cause An Upset - 11 March

New College assistant boss Matt Cosnett is hoping that his team will be able to play with freedom when they go looking to upset high-flying local rivals Fairford Town this weekend.

College, who haven’t won since October last year, welcome Gareth Davies’ One West leaders to the Webb’s Wood Stadium on Saturday but Cosnett is certain that the weight of expectation won’t be on his young charges.

“The pressure will be all on Fairford because they’re the ones going for the league, so hopefully that will mean our lads can express themselves,” he said. “When you’re at this stage of the season, you want to be playing in games against the good teams and we’ve been working on a game plan for this one. We’ve got a big game in the morning in the South West Counties against Cirencester Academy, which is a local derby, so a few first-years might get their chance and myself and a few other coaches are signed on, so we might be on the bench.”


Gary Else Cup - 8 February

New College are without Division One West fixture this weekend so focus this week will be on their under 18s side who play Poole Town at home in the semi final of the Gary Else Cup.

The cup holds special meaning to the College due to it being named after their former South West Counties manager.

College's Matt Cosnett explains. "Gary was a top bloke and very successful in his time as manager. The lads will be looking to reach the final and hopefully win the cup in memory of the late Gary Else."


New College Futher Education - 1 February

The New College Academy trials are taking place on Monday 15 February, these are for current year 11s at school.

Students join the Swindon based New College to follow an educational program for one, two or occasionally three years, together with their football coaching and competition.

Contact Ian Howell Academy manager to book a place, telephone 07818 007126 or email newcollegeswinfcsec@yahoo.co.uk


New College U'18's - 26 January

With last weekend's Uhlsport Hellenic League game postponed, the staff at New College were able to watch their U18's record a convincing victory.

Playing in the South West Counties Youth League 18's Cup quarter final the College side won 10-0 against Weymouth U18's playing some great football and adapting to different formations through the game.

It was also Dan Lawrence's first weekend away with England School Boys at Lilleshall in which they are playing against Walsall on Sunday.


Lawrence Makes England Squad - 13 January

It's with great pleasure for New College to announce that Dan Lawrence has been successful in his English Schools FA trials and has made the final cut into the squad for 2016.

Dan is the first New College Academy player to make it into the squad with others coming close in recent years, its been a great year for Dan as he's established himself as number one choice keeper in Uhlsport Hellenic League side at only 16 years old when he started. Everyone at the New College Academy programme is proud to see Dan fill his potential and were looking forward to seeing him play in the games and kick on into his second year.


Waiting Time For Lawrence - 11 January

Dan Lawrence has returned from his England school boy trials at Lilleshall this weekend, it was a great experience for the 17 year old number one, who should find out later this week if he's been successful.

With no Uhlsport Hellenic fixture this week the under 18s take main focus with there South West counties cup quarter final against Weymouth Town, the game takes place at supermarine sports ground 10:30am. The younger lads who have made a big impression on the Hellenic squad will be in contention to be selected and hopefully push the lads on to the semi finals.


dan lawrence hellenic league footballEngland School Boy Trials - 10 December

Uhlsport Hellenic League One West, New College Academy's goalkeeper Dan Lawrence has made it into the last 32 of the England school boy trials.

He will spend a weekend at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in January as he goes for the opportunity to be selected into the squad. Its a great achievement considering he's only 17 and in his first season with New College.


Penalty Ends Run - 2 November

New College were left to rue an early penalty as they saw their One West three-match winning run come to an end with a 1-0 loss at Easington Sports.

Andrew Stidder’s 15th-minute spot-kick was enough to decide this Division One West clash, with New College punished for a handball on the line amid a goalmouth scramble from a corner. The visitors threw men forward in an effort to get back into the game, with Ollie Hunt going close on a number of occasions and Cameron Shrubb heading just over the bar, but the Easington back-line refused to be breached.

New College coach Matt Cosnett said: “One of the lads slipped on the line. I thought he’d gone at it with his head but the ref said it was his arm so gave the penalty. We had another player on the line so we could have cleared it but it was just a case of poor communication. I had said before the game to try not to give away corners because they are a big, strong physical team, and that was why. We are a bit disappointed because we had 20 shots and no goals and they probably had two shots and one goal. We always seem to create a lot of chances and not take them, whereas the teams we play make one count if they only get two or three. Their keeper made a number of good saves and the defenders threw their bodies on the line but it’s all part of the learning curve.”

Cosnett hopes the loss does not dent morale too much in what has overall a very good October for College. “Having won three on the bounce and we wanted another to try to give us even more confidence,” said Cosnett. “We just couldn’t get going and I don’t know if the travelling was an issue because it took an hour-and-a-half to get there. We had a few guys missing too as they were playing for the county. The team was all 18-year-old lads so this will be a good experience for them. Maybe with hindsight a loss isn’t the worst thing. Hopefully it can kick us to go on another little run again.”


bluefin Sport InsuranceCup Baptism - 25 September

Matt Cosnett reckons the Bluefin Sport League Challenge Cup clash with local rivals Purton could present the perfect opportunity for some of his New College youngsters to grab their first taste of senior football.

College entertain Purton at the Webb’s Wood Stadium in the first round of the cup on Saturday and Cosnett says that his team are hoping to embark on a decent run in the competition this term. However, the students will still maintain their policy of shuffling their pack in order to field a competitive side for Saturday morning’s South West Counties Youth League clash with Dorchester Town and that could provide some College youngsters with the chance to dip their toe into Hellenic League-level action for the first time.

“We didn’t do that well in the competition last year (College lost 5-1 to Reading Town in the first round) and it would be nice to have a good run this season,” said Cosnett. “But we’ve got an important U18s game against Dorchester in the morning, so we need to make sure we have a good side for that too. Because that’s the case, it means that a few lads who haven’t played at this level yet may get their chance alongside the senior guys.”
College were beaten 1-0 by Justin Miller’s Purton when the two teams met in Division One West in August and Cosnett is predicting that there won’t be much between the two sides once again. The College assistant manager said: “We only lost 1-0 that day and the main difference was that we didn’t take our chances and they took one of theirs. Purton are a good side and I think they’ll be near the top of the league at the end of the season. They’ve got some experienced players and they’ve also got (assistant manager) Paul Hunt, whose son Ollie plays for us, meaning they know all about our lads.”

Striker Alex Fenton could return for College on Saturday but defenders Alex Baker and Dan Carter are missing.


Emirates FA CupAspiration Opportunity - 4 September

New College assistant manager Matt Cosnett is hoping that his young players catch a glimpse of the level they should aspire to when they lock horns with former Southern League outfit Thatcham Town in the FA Vase this weekend.

Progressing past the first qualifying round in only their third-ever Vase campaign looks a daunting task for College as they travel to Waterside Park on Saturday as the underdogs. of the 2013-2014 season, are currently joint-top of the Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division but Cosnett is hoping that his young team can play without fear.

“It’s going to be a really tough test but there shouldn’t be any fear from our lads, the pressure is all on Thatcham because if they slip up, it won’t look good for them,” said the College assistant. “It’s a good opportunity for us because it shows the lads what the next level up is, the level that they should be looking to get to themselves. We may have to switch the squad around a bit because we’ve got the preliminary round of the FA Youth Cup on Monday away to Cheltenham Town on their first-team pitch and that’s a really big game for us. But I’ve got a funny feeling about this one. I think it might be decided in the second half and you never know, we might just be able to nick it.”

Midfielder Antonio Gerrish is an injury doubt for College ahead of their Thatcham test.


david kinuthia hellenic football leagueEmbarking On Stateside Scholarship - 7 August

Uhlsport Hellenic League Division One West New College Academy bid farewell to David Kinuthia as he embarks on his Scholarship the USA.

Dave has been a new College Academy player for the last four years and has now joined on a scholarship to a College in Oklahoma. Dave is an exciting attacking player who has developed well within the New College coaching programme.

FA Cup Target - 7 August

Securing eligibility for the country’s most famous cup competition will be the aim for New College’s Hellenic League side as they look to hand their young players even more opportunities to develop.

College, who also run U18 sides in student leagues, finished fourth-from-bottom in Division One West last term but academy director Ian Howell is targeting a berth higher up the table to give his team the best chance of successfully applying for the FA Cup. “I think that we need to finish in the top seven to get a spot in the FA Cup and if we could do that, it would be a fantastic achievement for a college programme,” said Howell, whose youngsters will kick off their second-ever FA Vase campaign against Thatcham Town in September.

“We’ve had some players go on to scholarships in America or some leave for university or work, and we’ve also had some sign for Swindon Supermarine. We’ll have a new set of first-years coming through next year and we’ll have 48 players to fit in to three sides. At the same time, we will have a number of former students staying with us for a third or fourth year – that sometimes happens if they’re pursuing a scholarship and need more time to develop in the Hellenic League. “For us, it’s all about finding a balance between doing well in the Hellenic League and developing young players properly.”

Defenders Robbie Hendry and Alex McLoughlin will be signing on as third-year players for College whilst midfielder Max Slinn, forward Jordy Wilkins and defenders Alex Baker and Dan Carter are set for a fourth year.

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