Dillon Barnes a 19 year old goalkeeper was signed from Bedford Town Sept 2015 on a one year contract. Previously he has played for a couple of league of clubs including Fulham Under -21 , loan to Farnborough Town ( making 15 appearnaces) and Barnet Under-19.
Currently playing in the Colchester under 21 team and played versus Brentford today January 2016.
If anyone has a spare couple of hours on mondays it is well worth going to watch the Bees under 21 side in action as you might be seeing the stars of the future. A decent game of which there are plentiful and excellent match reports elsewhere, so I will limit this to a few photographs on mostly a blustery day. The two players who did stand out for Brentford were Josh Clarke and Jan Holldack . A highly competitive and physical game.
Jan Holldack in action
I am just impressed by what a few lessons in GCSE photography have taught the 15 year old. Here you see the original photograph and what was created with about 20 minutes work. Soon she will be wanting paid commissions…and why not
My first experience of watching youth team football was around a year ago when i began photographing some of the Under 18 games at Brentford. The first thing that surprised me was the huge variability in size of the players. Some looked more like 25 and some 15 years. The second thing was the real quality of the football. What was missing was the majority, not all, of the thuggery and cynical fouling that one sees week in and out in the football league. Dont get me wrong there is some strong tackling but not so many cynical fouls. The football standard is hard to gauge but maybe around Ryman Premier standard and on bad days Ryman South. Crowds tend to be small and some bring chairs to sit on not unlike a cricket game. Most of the noise comes from the players. Games are generally played on training pitches, so no stands and terracing. Games get videod.
Personally I would happily watch this level of football on a regular basis. If a few more folks would come down that would further improve the atmosphere.