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St Andrews Diary: Day Five

Busy day today with the the Under-18s winning 5-0 against St Johnstone and the Under-23s beating St James Athletic 16-0.

The day started with breakfast for all at 8am, with the Under-18s using it as their pre-match meal with their kick off due to be at 12. Bristol City Under-18s blow their opposition away, winning the game 5-0 with Cam Allen, James Burford, Vince Harper and Zac Smith along with an own goal. 

After the Under-18s finished their game, it was a quick turnaround to get all their post match rituals done and back out to watch the Under-23s. The Under-23s faced a different kind of opposition, taking on St James Athletic. They were supposed to face Dunfermline but with most of their Under-23s being called up to the first team, they pulled out of the fixture on Friday.

After the games have finished the players have a night off as its their last in St Andrews. Some of the boys decide to have a break from the canteen and head down to Nando’s! Others carry on working and hit the gym again in the evening. 

The staff don't stop working though, with Trevor Challis and Rob Wormald going through the clips from todays game. Finding what could have been done differently and what can be done to push the players to the next level.

Heading down to they gym in the morning I can see how the injury list has grew. Mainly just a few knocks and nothing serious but Ash Harper, Aden Baldwin, Harry Smith, Keiran Smith, Jojo Wollacott and Cameron Pring all are receiving treatment from Alan McFerran and David Walker. A few are almost ready for action and Ash Harper retuned against St James Athletic, coming on in the second half and scoring a penalty.

Overall it’s been a tough few days for the players, with gruelling double sessions and match preparation but they got their just desserts today, with two convincing victories.